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Holidays Abroad If You Live In A Tier 3 Area Are Still Legal

In light of the changing level of restrictions across England, many icelolly.com users have been asking us if and where they can go on holiday right now, particularly since the introduction of the government’s new three-tier system.

Most areas of the country are in tiers one or two, where the COVID-related rules are of course still in place, though slightly less strict and it is possible to go on holiday both on these shores and abroad should you live in a town or city located in one of those sections.


Initially, the Liverpool city region was the only part of England to be in the tier 3 category, which involves the most severe level of restrictions, though that was followed by the regions of Lancashire, Greater Manchester and most recently South Yorkshire, which will all have also entered tier 3 by this weekend.

That clearly impacts a large proportion of the population already, and what people in tier 3 areas really want to know is are they still able to go on a UK staycation or a trip overseas in light of these new guidelines.

You CAN still go on holiday if you live in a tier 3 area

Areas placed in the tier 3 category are labelled as ‘very high risk’ which is why restrictions are tighter than tiers 1 and 2, however the new rules do not mean that holidaying is illegal. Whilst the official government guidance advises people not to travel in or out of a very high risk areas, it is possible to do so when going to an airport, port or international rail terminal for the purposes of travelling abroad.


The caveat to this is that you should of course not attempt to travel abroad, or leave your home at all for that matter, if you are experiencing any coronavirus-related symptoms, if you or any member of your household or support bubble are self-isolating or showing symptoms or if the NHS Test and Trace app has informed you that you must self-isolate.

I’m not experiencing any COVID-related symptoms and would like to go on holiday. Can I do so with friends and family not in my household or support bubble?

People in a tier 1 area can holiday with people from outside their household or support bubble providing the rule of six and social distancing guidelines are abided by, whilst those in tier 2 can also do this but must not share accommodation with anybody outside of their household or support bubble.

If you are in a tier 3 area, you can travel abroad but must only do so with members of your household or support bubble.


I live in Wales – am I allowed to go on holiday domestically or internationally?

From Friday 23rd October, Wales is set to enter much stricter lockdown measures until Monday 9th November which will mean that travel is limited to essential trips only. During this time, would-be tourists will not be allowed to enter Wales for the purposes of holidaying, and likewise people living in Wales will not be permitted to go on holiday domestically or internationally.

Travelling abroad will only be permitted for those that have a plausible reason, which does not extend to holidaying, and hotels within the country must also close for the duration of the lockdown.

I live in a tier 3 area and would like to cancel my holiday. Is it possible to get a refund?

Travel abroad is still allowed for residents of tier 3 areas of England and as such, the new restrictions do not prevent them from going on holiday. Therefore, in theory, there is no reason for people in these areas to cancel their holiday because of the latest tier system guidelines as the trip will still be going ahead.

For more information about how the current situation will impact refunds, see this article from Travel Weekly.

What about UK holidays? Can I still go on a UK break with my family this October half term?

For more information on what the government's tier system means for UK holidays, read our staycation-specific guide below:




Do you have any other queries relating to how the government’s new tier system impacts holidays? Contact our team by tweeting @icelollyholiday and we’ll do our best to answer.


Disclaimer – the information in this article is correct at the time of publishing (11am, 22/10/2020). You should always refer to the government’s latest advice before attempting to travel and be aware of any local guidelines and/or restrictions in place at the country you will be visiting prior to your arrival, as well as any self-isolation periods you may have to undertake when abroad or when returning back home.