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UK holidays: Wales, Northern Ireland & Scotland staycation rules revealed

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The coronavirus has completely disrupted the travel industry around the world, with most countries imposing travel restrictions and bans. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) are currently advising Britons to not travel abroad unless it is “essential.” This has led to many Britons enquiring about holidays in the UK in caravan parks and campsites.

But while a break in the UK may seem more simple on paper, the UK’s four nations of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland all have different lockdown rules.

Here’s everything you need to know about booking a holiday in the UK this summer.

Scotland

Scotland is currently allowing people to travel to outdoor locations and engage in activities that do not involve human-to-human contact.

Some of the activities on offer include fishing, tennis, golf and walking among others.

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Wales

On July 6, Wales will be reopening its borders to tourists for the first time since March.

First Minister Mark Drakeford announced last week that the country will be reopening to tourists from July 6 if scientific guidance allows.

This means people from other parts of the UK will be allowed to travel to Wales to take advantage of the country’s stunning scenery.

Britons will have to stay in “self-contained” accommodation such as second homes, holiday cottages, caravans, motorhomes and some hotels if they’re open.

Mr Drakeford added that tourism businesses will be allowed to start taking bookings from July 13.

Currently, most people in the UK have been banned from entering Wales due to England’s lockdown rules and Welsh laws.

Northern Ireland

Travel within Northern Ireland currently has no restrictions.

Outdoor activities are allowed and people from different households can meet in outdoor locations as long as they’re two metres apart.

Beginning on June 26, holidaymakers are able to visit holiday and caravan parks, campsites and self-catering properties in Northern Ireland.

From July 3, hotels, pubs, restaurants and tourist attractions in Northern Ireland will also be able to open.



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