Will we be able to travel this Christmas? All your questions answered

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Will I be able to see family and friends over Christmas?

The festive period will be very different this year. We’ll have to wait until 2 December to find out how the situation looks. Many Christmas markets in the UK will be cancelled, for example, and we are being encouraged to prepare for a ‘digital’ Christmas. Under Tier 3 rulings, it wouldn’t be possible to meet up with other households inside or outside – but under Tier 1 measures, gatherings of up to six people would be allowed to raise a festive toast in pubs and restaurants and pull a cracker or two. George Eustice, the environment secretary, has said, ‘We want people to be able to celebrate Christmas in a way that is as close to normal as possible, but it is too early to say exactly what the situation will be come Christmas, and to say what different parts of the country will or will not be able to do.’

What happens after lockdown 2.0 is lifted?

It’s hoped that the UK-wide travel ban will be lifted on 2 December. If cases aren’t under control, then some restrictions may be continued – and we will most likely see a return to the three-tier system in England (different measures are in place in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland). A government statement said that, ‘At the end of the period, we will look to return to a regional approach, based on the latest data.’ As for the ban on international travel, again, that depends on the infection rate in the UK and on the situation in other countries.

Will I be able to travel in the UK for Christmas?

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If lockdown is lifted on 2 December, then we will probably return to a three-tier system – so any UK travel depends on the tier that is allocated to where you live, and where you are going. But hotels and restaurants are expected to reopen in time for Christmas, so a festive winter holiday in the UK could be on the cards for many people. Bear in mind that England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will all have differing measures in place.

Can I travel abroad for Christmas?

Assuming England’s lockdown is lifted on 2 December, then you may be able to travel overseas. Bear in mind that

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