Tiers 1 and 2 can go on holiday!

From midnight on Dec. 2, the 27 days of lockdown will end in England. The prime minister said: "As we end our national restrictions on Dec. 2, they will not be replaced with a free for all. England will instead continue to use a sensible approach based on three tiers."

The rules depend entirely on the tier in which you live. The government has yet to assign tiers 1, 2 and 3 to areas in England. 

For residents of tier 3 areas, the government says: "Avoid travelling out of the area, other than where necessary." People in tiers 1 and 2 can travel outside their area for any reason, including holidays!

Change in quarantine rules

From Dec. 15, another boost to travellers will be a change in quarantine rules that will allow passengers returning to the UK from high-risk countries to reduce the time they self-isolate to five days, if they can provide a negative Covid test result.

The changes come into effect on Dec. 15 and will require passengers to book and pay for a Covid-19 test from a private provider on the gov.uk list. However the cost of testing may prove a barrier for many (£120 pp).

Skiing destinations after Dec. 2


As things stand, after Dec. 2 English people from tiers 1 and 2 will be able to arrive in Scotland from the Common Travel Area (England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Channel Islands and Isle of Man). At present all Scottish ski areas are closed but four out of the five are optimistic about opening before Christmas. Check out our article: Scotland is a goot bet for skiers this year

Travelling outside the exempt list after Dec. 2 

At present, the four favoruite ski countries (France, Italy, Austria and Switzerland) are still outside the travel exempt list.

Italy: If you do travel to Italy you must show evidence that you tested negative for COVID within the 72 hours before your travel (by arranging a private test). If you test positive in Italy, you will be required to quarantine for up to 3 weeks. On re-entering the UK from Italy, you will need to self-isolate for 14 days (5 days from Dec. 15). As it stands bars and restaurants in Italy have to close at midnight. No Italian resorts are currently open.

France: Arrivals by sea and air routes will need to complete a 'sworn statement' form self-certifying they are not suffering from symptoms associated with coronaviros and have been been in contact with confirmed cases in the preceding fortnight. On re-entering the UK from France, you will need to self-isolate for 14 days (5 days from Dec. 15). No French resorts are currently open.

Austria: Entry to Austria from the UK without the need for a Covid-19 test or quarantine is now possible. But you will have to quarantine for 14 days on your return to the UK (5 days from Dec. 15). No Austrian resorts are currently open.

Switzerland: UK travellers no longer need to quarantine for 10 days on arrival in Switzerland, but you will do have to quarantine for 14 days after your arrival back in the UK (5 days from Dec. 15). Swiss resorts open with limited skiing include Verbier, Zermatt, Saas-Fee Glacier, St. Moritz and Engleberg. See all open ski resorts

Germany: As of Nov. 8th anyone arriving from a high risk area (including the UK) must isolate for 10 days. They must take a Covid-19 test no earlier than 5 days after entering Germany, which makes a ski holiday somewhat difficult. All German resorts are currently closed.