The Self Catering Accommodation Recovery Roadmap

When can I go on holiday in the UK after lockdown?

Packing the car for a family holiday with the dog

Boris Johnson outlined the Government’s roadmap to recovery on 22 February. In his statement, he confirmed key dates for when schools, businesses and communities could return to “normal” after the current lockdown.

The Prime Minister outlined four key steps on the road to recovery, including details on when travel and holidays in the UK would be allowed again.

However, the route out of lockdown is slightly different in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, as each devolved nation has set different dates and rules according to their specific circumstances.

Note: Any of these plans are subject to change depending on coronavirus infection rates across the country.

Key Dates

27 March – Self-catering accommodation can open in Wales (for domestic visitors only)
12 April – Self-catering accommodation can open in England
26 April – Self-catering accommodation may open in Scotland (subject to local tier restrictions)
No date set for reopening in Northern Ireland

Self Catering Roadmap

When can I go on a self-catering holiday in England?

According to England’s roadmap out of lockdown for England, overnight stays in self-contained holiday accommodation should be allowed from 12 April.

This includes self-catering holiday lets such as cottages, holiday homes and apartments. However, only those in the same household or support bubble can stay together in the same property from this date.

Those who want to go away with people from other families will have to wait until 17 May, when up to six people from two households will be able to stay overnight together. Domestic overnight stays for larger mixed group sizes will be allowed from 21 June.

England recovery roadmap steps

When can I go on a self-catering holiday in Wales?

Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford plans to allow self-contained properties to open for Easter (from 27 March) but only for visitors from within Wales.

Unfortunately, people from other parts of the UK are not permitted to visit Wales at Easter. People from England will not be permitted to travel to Wales until at least 12 April.

When can I go on a self-catering holiday in Scotland?

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has been more cautious when it comes to lifting restrictions on holidays.

A firm date has not yet been given for when self-contained holiday lets can open in Scotland, but this may be possible for some areas from 26 April when the Government will lift the national lockdown and replace it with a local tier system.

Nicola Sturgeon is expected to announce more details on 18 March.

When can I go on a self-catering holiday in Northern Ireland?

Northern Ireland has not yet announced any dates but has set out a five-stage plan for easing coronavirus restrictions across nine sectors.

Most tourist accommodation will be allowed to reopen in phase three; although hostels, campsites and other accommodation with shared facilities will open in stage four. Normal leisure travel can resume in stage five.

Stormont is expected to announce further details soon.

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This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Stephen Thompson

    Excellent break down and interpretation of the proposed road map out of lockdown for paid accommodation. Although, coming from Northern Ireland, our road map is more a spaghetti junction of proposals and ideas cobbled together without any real set dates. You’re the first, I believe, to have made head more tail of it! Can’t wait to our visit to Torquay late June when hopefully we’re all allowed to travel.

    1. Josh

      That’s very kind of you to say so, Stephen. It took a surprising amount of research to the key points! Torquay in June will be wonderful, I’m sure.

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