Bank holiday travel rules explained: Can I go on holiday in the UK this weekend?

WHILE the heatwave is yet to make an appearance in the UK, Brits can still make the most of a long bank holiday weekend tomorrow.

Here is everything you need to know about going on holiday during the first May bank holiday weekend.

Can I go on holiday in the UK this bank holiday?

Yes – staycations can go ahead in the UK, including in Wales and Scotland.

However, in England, this only includes self-catered properties, as hotels are not yet open.

This means families can stay at caravans, campsites and holiday parks which self-contained properties.

It also must only be with one-household – group holidays cannot go ahead until May 17.

In Wales, hotels and B&Bs can open if they have en-suites and offer room service.

In Scotland, holidays could go ahead from April 26 which includes hotels, but is still only for single-households.

From May 17, this will lift to allow group holidays.

Can I go on day trips?

Yes – day trips can go ahead, as long as they are outdoors.

Theme parks and attractions are welcoming guests back, along with zoos, although indoor activities remain closed.

Can I go on holiday abroad this bank holiday?

No – holidays abroad have not been given the go-ahead by the UK government yet.

It is hoped that this travel restriction could be lifted from May 17 to a number of low-risk destinations, as part of the traffic light scheme.

If this goes ahead, this means families will be able to go on holiday during the May half term.

It is feared, however, that the only quarantine-free destinations likely to open to Brits will be Portugal, Malta and Gibraltar, or destinations such as the Caribbean.

Here are the countries likely to make the green list when it is announced.

The government have suggested it could be announced in the next two weeks.

We've explained which holiday hotspots you could end up booking from May 17.

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