Can UK Tier 3 residents travel abroad?

Travel allowed when “part of a longer journey”

Departures sign indicating overseas travel

The Independent reports that although the introduction of a three-tiered system in England, placing regions into “medium”, “high” and “very high” risk, with different rules applying in each, was supposed to make pandemic restrictions less confusing, many travellers are more confused than ever.

The newspaper asks if overseas holidays are off the table under the tier system, and are rules legal and binding, or just advisory?

They conclude that there is nothing in the government rules to prohibit those in “very high” alert regions from travelling abroad on holiday. Although residents are advised “to aim to reduce the number of journeys you make” and “not to travel into or out of an area if it has been categorised as a very high alert level area”, there is no legal ban from leaving the area or travelling in general.

The government advice even states: “You can continue to travel into or out of very high alert level areas if you need to for work, education, to access youth services or because of caring responsibilities. You may also do so where necessary as part of a longer journey – such as… when going to an airport, port or international rail terminal to travel abroad”.

The only specific advice relating to Tier 3 inhabitants going abroad reads: “When considering travelling internationally, you should look at the rules in place at your destination, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office travel advice and the current travel corridor list”. In the case of Madeira the only rules in place is that all arrivals must take a test on arrival and isolate until the results are available

Strangely the advice on international travel differs from theat for travelling in the UK, where Teir 3 residents are told they “should avoid staying overnight in another part of the UK if you are resident in a very high alert level area,”

COVID-19 update for Madeira

The latest statistics are being updated on a previous post

11 thoughts on “Can UK Tier 3 residents travel abroad?”

    • I thought you already here, I be surprised If the airport open in mid December
      well i,m here and plan to wait it out till a vaccine or Asia opens,
      going back to uk looks scary, hope you make it anyway good luck

  1. The UK is venturing on a much higher risk of the second wave than anticipated.
    We should be looking after others as we would ourselves.
    As much as I love the Island I do not buy into the hype about helping the economy,we go because we want to.
    Perhaps Madeira will put a lockdown on folks travelling from the UK.
    So what then about their economy.

  2. There is a world wide crisis which is increasingly worrying,why all the
    hullabaloo about travelling especially in the next couple of weeks.
    Health and safety should now be paramount for all.
    The safety of the Madeirans will also be at risk due to foolhardy if not
    selfish travellers.
    Hey Ho.everyone to their own.


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