It will become illegal to leave the UK under new rules that go into effect Monday, the government said.
Anyone breaking the rules will be fined £ 5,000.
The government says this is to stop the spread of Covid – especially new varieties.
Under the new laws, non-essential foreign travel is prohibited until June 30, unless ministers turn around at a later date.
A government task force is looking at when overseas travel could resume and is expected to report to Boris Johnson by April 12.
There are a number of exemptions from the ban that apply for the following purposes:
• To study
• Legal obligations or voting
• Moving, selling or renting real estate
• Reasons for childcare or being present at a birth
• Visiting a dying relative or close friend
• Attending a funeral
• Getting married or attending a close relative’s wedding
• Doctor’s appointments
• Escape the risk of harm
The rules state that no one “may leave England to travel to a destination outside the UK or to travel to an embarkation point or be present there to travel from there to a destination outside the UK” without an appropriate one Reason excuse.
The travel ban does not apply to visits to the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and the Republic of Ireland.
The British are still required to complete a Travel Declaration Form before leaving the UK detailing their reasons for travel and personal details.
Failure to do so will result in a £ 200 fine and airlines may prevent people from boarding their flights if they have not completed the form.