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What happens if you break Government advice to go on holiday abroad?

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What happens if you break Government advice to go on holiday abroad?

A number of countries across the world are beginning to welcome back tourists with hotels, bars, beaches, resorts and attractions reopening.

Many of them are also ditching quarantine rules meaning that anyone can fly in for a break.

But the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK currently advises against any non-essential foreign travel – which includes summer holidays.

And anyone arriving in the UK is subject to 14 days of quarantine, reports The Mirror.

But the FCO guideline is just advisory – so that means that technically anyone in the UK could still take a holiday abroad – if they can find flights and accommodation.

Ryanair flights start again on July 1 and Jet2 from July 15

But what happens if you break the FCO advice?

If you decide to ignore the advice and go on holiday anyway, your insurance will not be valid.

This is because the FCO advises against all but essential travel, and holidays are not considered ‘essential’.

If you went abroad without insurance you would not be able to make any claims, even if they had nothing to do with the coronavirus pandemic.

If you think your trip is essential, you should still contact your travel insurance provider before travelling to check that you’ll be covered.

They may have a different definition of ‘essential’.

Travelling without insurance puts you and your family in an extremely vulnerable position, so you should not go on holiday until the FCO deems it safe.

If you’ve been out of the country on an essential trip, you must quarantine for 14 days upon your return.

Failure to do this can result in a £1,000 fine.

You are only exempt from these rules if you are a road haulage or freight worker, a medical professional providing essential healthcare, arriving for pre-arranged medical treatment, a UK resident who travels overseas at least once a week for work, or a seasonal agricultural worker who will be self-isolating at your place of work.

Those making a connection flight in the UK but not passing through border control will not need to quarantine.

And those arriving from the Common Travel Area (Ireland, Isle of Man or Channel Islands) will not need to quarantine either.

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