THE UK government has announced that the country is going into a second lockdown from this Thursday.
Here is everything you need to know about going on holiday after the new rules are enforced, both in the UK and abroad.
What is the second lockdown?
The second lockdown starts from November 5, this Thursday, and is in place from midnight.
The lockdown ending date is currently December 2, although this may change.
The new rules restrict any non-essential travel outside of the house, with the only exempt reasons being for food, medicine, work, school or offering support to someone at risk.
Can I still go on holiday in the UK?
UK staycations can no longer go ahead from Thursday.
Previously, depending what tier you were in, you were able to stay overnight at hotels or holiday homes across Britain.
The government's new advice states: "Overnight stays and holidays away from primary residences will not be allowed – including holidays in the UK and abroad."
However, if you are currently on holiday, you will be able to finish it after the Thursday deadline.
The advice continues: "Those currently on a domestic holiday will be allowed to finish their holidays, but are still subject to the requirements in England not to go out without a reasonable excuse."
Can I still visit my own holiday home?
No, Brits cannot visit their second homes, as the UK government has restricted travel.
"This includes staying in a second home, if you own one, or staying with anyone you do not live with or are in a support bubble with," the government advise.
Can I still go on holiday abroad?
Holidays abroad will also not be able to go ahead from Thursday.
However, if you are planning on going abroad before the Thursday lockdown, or are already on holiday overseas, then the government has advised to go ahead as normal.
The latest advice is: "British nationals [who are] currently abroad do not need to return home immediately."
Airlines must bring back passengers who are abroad, under consumer law, but you may find your flight dates changed as routes are likely to be cut due to the drop in demand.
You may struggle to get a refund unless the airline cancels your flight – you should get in touch with your airline or tour operator if your holiday is affected.
Thousands of Brit holidaymakers are fleeing the country for a final getaway before a month-long travel ban kicks in.
The announcement comes just two weeks after the Canary Islands opened again to Brits, sparking hope of last-minute holidays to the Spanish islands.
Families have also been booking festive and Christmas UK breaks ahead of the holiday season, which may now be at risk.
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