As England approaches the end of lockdown 2.0 and prepares to enter a tiered region approach once more, it has been revealed that those keen to travel abroad this winter will be able to after December 2 – regardless of what local restrictions they’re placed under.

During an interview with BBC Radio 4, the transport secretary, Grant Shapps, told listeners that local restrictions will only stop people from travelling around Britain, adding that residents will still be free to leave their areas to travel internationally. That is, as long as they follow the local rules for their intended destination and abide by the relevant quarantine restrictions on their return home.

Shapps confirmed that as long as people from high-risk areas go straight to the airport, and are sensible and cautious, then this is something that can be done.

While this is great news for the travel industry, holidaymakers must remember that the majority of travel insurance providers will not cover you to travel against Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) advice.

Therefore, anyone planning to make the most of what’s left of 2020, and get away somewhere tropical, should opt for a destination that is included in the government’s travel corridor list to prevent voiding their travel policy. There are several popular destinations currently included in the list, so hopefully travellers will still have lots of choice for their trip.

Holidaymakers will also need to make sure they have adequate travel insurance in place which covers them should they catch Covid-19 before their trip or while on holiday.

This type of cover is unfortunately not included in all policies available in the market. So, we would recommend that you check the policy you intend on purchasing carefully to make sure you have the exact cover you require.

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