Christmas breaks disappear

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The announcements tonight by three of the four UK governments have ended hopes for many people of a Christmas break.

Christmas may have got a little bit less bright!

With London, south-east England and some of the home counties in lockdown travel is not allowed into or out of tier four areas which those are. Separately, the Scottish government has banned travel into and out of Scotland. They have also made it unlawful to travel within Scotland from your home to other regions of the country which is slightly more draconian than the situation in Wales.

As I understand it – although some confusion exists – you can’t travel abroad from Scotland or the tier four areas of England.

In Wales you are advised not to travel outside your local area. In Northern Ireland, a six-week lockdown begins after Christmas but – as of writing – no tougher measures have been announced.

It means that in much of England, (those living in tiers one and two) people can travel for Christmas visits but is limited to Christmas Day (as it is for everyone except Northern Ireland) and you cannot visit tiers three and four. But overseas travel seems to be still allowed provided that you follow the rules in force in the destination you are visiting.

The situation for those who have booked holidays abroad or at destination in the UK is that you should contact the provider be it a tour operator, hotel, holiday cottage or whatever and ask for a refund. Some will undoubtedly baulk at returning monies so try and re-book for a period later in the year when you think that we will be able to travel more freely. Many suppliers would rather do that than return money.

Finally look at your travel insurance and see if you can claim if all else fails. Making a nuisance of yourself is quite often successful if being nice and polite fails!

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