Thursday, 26 Nov 2020

Long queues at Heathrow as people fly before national lockdown starts

People are taking advantage of the four day delay before the national lockdown comes in to take flights out of Heathrow Airport.

From Thursday, international flights out of the UK for holiday purposes will be banned as part of a drive to bring down the coronavirus infection rates.

Pictures today show long queues at the airport’s Terminal 5.

From November 5 to December 2, foreign holidays and overnight stays anywhere in the UK will not be allowed.

The government website says: ‘Overnight stays and holidays away from primary residences will not be allowed.

‘This includes holidays abroad and in the UK.

‘It also means you cannot stay in a second home, if you own one, or staying with anyone you do not live with or are in a support bubble with.

‘There are specific exceptions, for example if you need to stay away from home (including in a second home) for work purposes, but this means people cannot travel overseas or within the UK, unless for work, education or other legally permitted reasons.’

People will still be allowed to travel into England, for example those returning from holidays, but they may have to quarantine and should check the restrictions in place.

The government advises: ‘British nationals currently abroad do not need to return home immediately. However, you should check with your airline or travel operator on arrangements for returning.’

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