Can I travel to Wales? Latest advice, rules and restrictions

can i travel to wales latest advice rules and restrictions

As England prepares to come out of national lockdown, travellers’ thoughts are turning to possible UK holiday destinations during the festive season.

Wales has long been a top choice as a staycation destination; in 2019 alone, the nation welcomed 87 million day trippers from the rest of the UK, generating almost £3.5m.  

However, new restrictions for Wales were announced on 30 November, which mainly affect the hospitality sector.

Here’s everything you need to know.

Am I allowed to travel to Wales from England?

This remains to be seen. Until 2 December, England is still under national lockdown, which means that all recreational travel is prohibited. Only “essential” travel is permitted, such as for work and education, for medical procedures or for other caring responsibilities.

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From 2 December, when national lockdown lifts, England will revert to the three-tier system, in which regions are allocated a tier and accompanying rules depending on the prevalence of coronavirus. Those in Tier 1 and Tier 2 will be allowed to travel freely around England (other than to Tier 3 areas, which should be avoided if possible).

However, the Welsh government has said that travel from England to Wales is currently banned unless you have a “reasonable excuse”.  

“Visiting family and friends (other than as part of an extended household) or having a holiday is not currently considered a reasonable excuse, although we hope to be able to welcome you in the not too distant future,” say the guidelines.

“People travelling to Wales from elsewhere in the UK or from abroad must have a reasonable excuse to enter and remain in Wales and must follow all relevant regulations in force in Wales.”

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