Why are you leaving?

By | Category: Travel rumblings

Since international travel is banned I have been a little perplexed by the fact that people are travelling. Yes hauliers are exempt as are flight crews and people returning home but numbers suggesting that there may be up to 12,000 people are travelling each day make me wonder whether some people are travelling for holidays.

cartoon of angry suitcase
Lying on your travel declaration fine will get you fined. Cartoon © Dan Sperrin

Bloggers and influencers who say they are travelling for work to the Caribbean or Dubai have had attention focussed on them. Some are certainly flaunting their positions to escape winter.

They won’t be able to get away with it quite so easily from now on.

The Home Secretary, Priti Patel, has announced that anyway leaving the UK whether it be by air, ferry, train or car (except between Northern Ireland and the Republic) will have to declare why they need to travel and this will be checked by whichever organisation they are travelling with prior to departure.

If the travel organisation is unhappy with the reason they can turn the passenger back. If they let the passenger travel and are subsequently found to be making an untruthful declaration both the passenger and the organisation can be fined.

This edict has come about because a minority are making a mockery of the rules that the rest of us have to be abide by.

Surely a ban on travel should mean just that.

But the announcement was made over a week ago and we still don’t have start date. Will it be February 15th, the same as the mandatory hotel quarantine date?

Zoom, Skype and other video conferencing services have shown that there is less need to travel for business so far fewer should be flying. Since we cannot holiday abroad there should be no leisure travel.

At the very most only a handful of people should be flying.

The mockery heaped on Dominic Cummings for domestic travel, Margaret Ferrier MP and others is justified as there should be no rule for one as opposed to one for the other.

The sooner the clampdown begins the sooner the rest of us won’t feel that some people are “getting away with it.”

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