UK quarantine update: How new rules will impact your plans now holidays are off the table | Travel News | Travel
Ms Patel confirmed today that those arriving in the UK from abroad will be required to quarantine for 14 days from the day of their arrival. The new rules will come into effect on June 8, with anyone caught breaking the rules facing a fine of £1,000. Border Force Director General Paul Lincoln said people will be asked to provide details of where they will be staying when they arrive in the UK.
Should you book a holiday right now?
Ms Patel said this evening that “this is absolutely not about booking holidays”.
The Home Secretary told journalists during the briefing that booking holidays at the moment is off the table and this is about avoiding “a second wave” of coronavirus.
She also said that current Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice is not to travel abroad unless it is “essential”.
However, with the rules being reviewed every three weeks, you could potentially book a holiday for the future.
But some industry experts are claiming that quarantine rules could remain in place until July.
“Preventative fines, aimed for travellers breaching two week quarantine rules, mean the UK is essentially closed this summer to inbound holidaymakers.
“But, for the UK domestic tourism industry it is a different story.
“A significant rise in staycations will mean seaside towns which rely on tourism, as well as hotels, Airbnb hosts and local attraction owners, will be hoping to welcome an influx of visitors as the restrictions ease further.
“This could be good news for the economy as it starts to recover from the impact of COVID-19.
“Our data revealed that a third of British holiday makers have existing trips booked abroad in 2020, so now is the time to look at their operators’ cancellation and date change policies.
“It’s also worth checking insurance policies and how you paid for your holiday.
“If you booked with a credit card you have additional protection under Section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act and with a debit card you may be able to make a claim using the Chargeback scheme.”
Money.co.uk surveyed 2,000 adults in the UK in April 2020 to find out that a third of Britons had existing trips booked.