Can Tier 3 travel to Tier 2? Moving between different areas explained

NEARLY all areas of England have now been placed under strict Tier 2 and Tier 3 Covid lockdown restrictions.

Much like before, Tier 3 has the the strictest measures to curb areas with “very high” infection rates, but what does that mean for travel?

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Can I travel from Tier 3?

Anyone in a Tier 3 area should not travel or stay the night in lower tier regions.

People are also advised to stay within their local area when possible. 

Under the rules, residents in Tier 3 areas should try to avoid travelling outside the "very high" area they are in, or entering another "very high" area.

However, this does not include travelling for specific reasons, including work, education, accessing youth services and caring responsibilities.

People living in Tier 1 and 2 areas should avoid travelling to or staying overnight in Tier 3 areas – but you can travel through a Tier 3 area as part of a longer journey. 

Can I travel between Tier 2 and Tier 1?

If you live in a Tier 1 or Tier 2 area, you will be able to travel to other places in the two lower tiers. 

However, if you are part of a Tier 2 area, you must still follow Tier 2 rules when you travel to or stay in a part of England with lower restrictions.

People in tiers 1 and 2 can travel outside their area for any reason, including holidays.

However, they must only travel to Tier 3 locations for essential reasons.

Can I travel for work in the UK? 

Yes – people across all three tiers will be allowed to travel to work if they can’t work from home. 

People will be allowed to travel both within their tier area and to other parts of the UK for work. 

Can I stay in a hotel in the UK? 

All hotels, B&Bs, campsites and guest houses must stay shut in Tier 3 areas. 

Hotels in the lower Tiers 1 and 2 will open, however, and people will be able to stay in overnight accommodation while observing social distancing. 

Can I travel abroad in Tier 3? 

If you are living in a Tier 3 area, you should avoid travelling outside of the area unless it’s absolutely necessary. 

Overnight stays outside of Tier 3 areas are also banned, unless it's essential. 

Essential reasons why you might have to travel – either in the UK or abroad – could include work, education, or medical and care requirements. 

The government also suggests people in Tier 3 looking to travel abroad check the government’s current list of travel corridors – countries you can visit without having to self-isolate on return. 

The news comes as Brits going on a winter getaway will only have to quarantine for five days and can be “released” from self-isolation after taking a quick one hour test.

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