For many of us, as soon as the Halloween decorations have been cleared away and we’ve enjoyed a firework display or two, our attention turns to Christmas and how we can make the most of the festive period. Last minute trips abroad are booked to enjoy traditional Christmas markets, and short weekend breaks are pencilled in the diary to explore Christmas lights in different UK cities.
This year though, things are little different and the activities we love the most during the run-up to Christmas have been cancelled, leaving this winter all the more bleak.
So, with the government lifting its ban on international travel, many of us may be tempted to escape the same four walls we’ve been staring at for the last nine months in order for some last-minute winter sun.
While there is nothing stopping Brits from making the most of the festive period somewhere tropical, it’s so important that those looking to get away do not travel to a country that the Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office (FCDO) advise against.
The reason for this is because the majority of travel insurance providers will not cover British tourists if they travel against the FCDO’s advice. This means that anyone who finds themselves requiring emergency medical treatment while abroad may have to fund the costs themselves.
Also, should there be another Covid-19 outbreak in the country they are visiting, they will not be able to claim for additional food or accommodation costs, if the country closes its borders and leaves them stranded.
So, for those who are keen to get away over the Christmas period, we would strongly recommend that you only visit destinations that are included in the government’s travel corridor to avoid any confusion.
Brits should also be considerate of their regional tier, as while there is no restriction against those in high risk areas from travelling abroad, residents in these areas are advised to avoid travelling out of their region where possible.
For more information on what the different rules are for each tier, click here.