Sunday 20 December 2020 10:53 AM UTC
By A Staff Reporter
LONDON Dec 20: With holidays approaching there is a quite of bit of activity in international travel from and to the UK. Travellers out of UK and into the UK need to be aware of the rules pertaining to international and domestic travel to areas where there are restrictions put in place particularly Tier 3 and Tier 4 areas.
A Keralite from Kochi who was looking to travel to London, which is classed as a Tier 3 area (at the time of travel), was denied travel by airport authorities in Kochi. He was denied travel as he was advised that international travel is not permitted for Visit Visa holders to Tier 3 areas in the UK. However, it is important to take note that now London, southeast England and other areas are in Tier 4 and therefore international travel to these areas are greatly affected and only certain category of visa holders are allowed to travel. Travellers need to follow the guidance issued by the UK government in regards to who is and who isn’t allowed travel and to which areas.
Reports say that he obtained the Visit visa prior to London being put under Tier 3 and therefore the airport authorities were following the restrictions put in place at the time of the person’s travel. He will now be allowed to travel to London only once the Tier 3 restrictions are lifted. However, with more stringent measures the UK government has implemented travel to Tier 3 and Tier 4 are going to be more problematic. Therefore it is always advisable to check with your airline or travel operators prior to setting out for a journey.
Reports say student visa holders and British passport holders are allowed to Travel into Tier 3 areas without any issues. However, the advise is still to check with your airline or travel operators prior to setting out for a journey.
It is strongly advised to read this guidance before you decide on any journey i.e. domestic or international
International travel to or from a tier 4 area
If you are in Tier 4, you should not be travelling abroad unless it is permitted. In addition, you should consider the public health advice in the country you are visiting.
If you live outside a tier 4 area you may still transit into or through a tier 4 area to travel abroad if you need to, but you should carefully consider whether you need to do so. In addition, you should follow the public health advice in the country you’re visiting.
If you do need to travel overseas from a tier 4 area (and are legally permitted to do so, for example, because it is for work), even if you are returning to a place you’ve visited before, you should look at the rules in place at your destination and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) travel advice.
UK residents currently abroad do not need to return home immediately. However, you should check with your airline or travel operator on arrangements for returning.
If you live in a Tier 4 area, you should not leave the area unless it is for essential purposes.
If you live outside a Tier 4 area and need to go to a Tier 4 area to leave the country (eg, Dover, Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, London City), you can travel to these points, but you need to consider if you actually do.
Check FCDO Travel advice, both ongoing and returning to the UK
If you’re abroad, you do not need to return home straight away. Check with your airline/operator.
In light of the new tier restrictions, passengers should NOT plan unnecessary time at the airport. Please allow 2 hours ahead of departure for short haul flights and 3 hours for long haul flights.
— Heathrow Airport (@HeathrowAirport) December 19, 2020
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