U.K. bans international non-essential travel until May 17

 Wednesday, February 24, 2021 


United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson recently announced a ban on non-essential international travel from and to the country till at least May 17 in light of the spread of the new strain of COVID-19. It was announced that domestic overnight stays and self-contained accommodation will not be allowed anytime before April 12 but non-essential international travel will continue to be restricted after.

Prime Minister Johnson said in a statement that the latest move is part of the lockdown roadmap’s second step and it will take place at least five weeks after the first step on March 8 but could be postponed if the prime minister and his advisers say it is necessary. He said the date for international holidays will certainly not be any time before May 17. It was mentioned that the first stage would prioritise schools returning on March 8 when only minimal socialising outdoors would be allowed. The roadmap will then pass through four stages, with five weeks in between, and the final step, when most restrictions will be lifted.

Boris Johnson also mentioned that the government’s Global Travel Taskforce will reconvene to issue a report by April 12 recommending how international trips can resume safely and said that the measures will give people time to make their plans for the summer. A small number of people are expected to be allowed to mix outdoors at the end of March, but non-essential shops and outdoor hospitality will not reopen until April 12 at the earliest. Most social contact rules will be lifted outdoors from no earlier than May 17, with all legal limits on social contact possibly being removed from June 21 at the earliest.

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