As particulars of a second lockdown emerged final Saturday, the largest bombshell – for eager travellers, a minimum of – was a blanket ban on worldwide journeys.
“These are the measures to be introduced by the PM, as I perceive it,” tweeted ITV’s Robert Peston hours earlier than Boris Johnson’s handle to the nation, earlier than reeling off a listing of guidelines. Quantity 4? “Outbound worldwide journey will likely be banned, apart from work.”
Regardless of the PM making no point out of a ban throughout his speech, airways shortly started culling their flights, with Tui scrapping all departures from England and Wales till December 2 and EasyJet chopping the overwhelming majority of its providers. The detailed lockdown laws, it was assumed, would verify the moratorium.
Not so. The total textual content dropped yesterday, and there’s no point out anyplace of a particular ban on leaving the UK.
There may be, in fact, a requirement to stay at house apart from sure causes (and “happening vacation” will not be certainly one of them). However heading overseas will not be, in itself, an offence.
It throws up all kinds of curious eventualities and loopholes, none of which – clearly – are endorsed by Telegraph Journey.