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Can you travel into and out of a tier 3 area? All travel between tiers explained

Boris Johnson announced a new three-tier system for England earlier in October, which sought to lessen confusion by having set rules in place for each level and categorising regions based on risk.

However, questions still remain for many Britons when it comes to travelling between tiers, whether it’s permissible to visit friends and family or to enjoy a well-earned staycation.

Here’s everything you need to know.

Tier 1 is classified as “Medium Alert” and comes with the lowest level of restrictions. People living in this tier can meet people from other households indoors and outdoors (as long as it’s in groups of no more than six), stay overnight somewhere other than their own home and there are no restrictions on travel or using public transport.

They are able to travel to tier 2 (“High Alert”) regions, but should follow local guidelines once there, which are stricter. 

In tier 2, they can only meet others outside their household while outdoors in groups no bigger than six, and cannot stay overnight somewhere if it means being inside with people outside their household or support bubble; for instance, staying with another family in a self-catering apartment or holiday cottage would not be allowed.  

Can I travel from tier 2 to tier 1?

Yes, travelling from a tier 2 “High Alert” area to a tier 1 “Medium Alert” area is permitted.

“You can still go on holiday outside of high alert level areas, but you must only do this with people in your household or support bubble,” according to the government guidance.

People in tier 2 can also travel within high alert level areas to hotels and other guest accommodation, “but you should only do this with people in your household or support bubble,” the advice states.

People in tier 2 are advised to avoid travelling by car with people outside their household or social bubble, and to “not travel to different parts of the UK where their intended activities there would be prohibited by legislation passed by the relevant devolved administration.”

Can I travel from tiers 1 and 2 to tier 3?

The government is advising against people travelling to a “Very High Alert”, or tier 3, area.  

“You should avoid travelling to any part of the country subject to very high local Covid alert levels,” it says on the website, plus you should “avoid staying overnight in a very high alert level area if you are resident elsewhere.”

It adds: “You must not stay with anyone you do not live with from a very high alert level area or visit their home.”

However, this is advice rather than a legally binding ban, and there are some exceptions, such as if you are entering a tier 3 area “for things like work, education or youth services, to meet caring responsibilities or if you are travelling through as part of a longer journey”.

Currently, Lancashire and Liverpool City Region are classed as “Very High Alert”, and are soon to be joined by Greater Manchester,

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Where can I still travel to under the new coronavirus tier system?

On Monday, the UK government introduced a new three-tier system of local Covid alert levels in England. This means different areas have different restrictions. The new English levels are medium (tier 1), high (tier 2), and very high (tier 3). Tier 1 carries on with the rules that came in on 25 September, including the Rule of Six and 10pm closing for pubs and restaurants. Tier 2, soon to include nearly half the population of England, bans indoor mixing between households. Tier 3 (currently the Liverpool region and parts of Lancashire) closes any pubs that don’t serve “substantial” meals and advises people not to travel out of or outsiders to stay in the area.



a group of people walking in front of a building: Photograph: Amer Ghazzal/Rex


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a group of people walking in front of a building: An almost deserted Trafalgar Square in London, which would normally be full of visitors at this time of the year.


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An almost deserted Trafalgar Square in London, which would normally be full of visitors at this time of the year.

Meanwhile, Wales is banning visitors from Covid hotspots from Friday evening, while Scotland advises against travelling into or out of high-risk areas. Under Northern Ireland’s new rules, most hotels are shut and “no unnecessary travel should be undertaken”.

Which areas are in tier 2?Tier 2 currently covers large parts of the Midlands, north-east and north-west England, including areas around Newcastle, Tyneside and Manchester, as well as Leeds, Sheffield, Nottingham, Leicester and Birmingham. From midnight on Friday they will be joined by London, parts of Cumbria, Essex, Derbyshire, Surrey and Yorkshire, meaning more than half the population of England will be living with tier 2 or 3 restrictions. A government postcode checker tells you which areas are in which tier.

Can I travel to other parts of the UK if I live in a tier 2 area?Yes. You can still go on holiday to most areas, but only with people in your household or bubble. The tier 2 guidelines suggest people aim to “reduce the number of journeys you make where possible”. Friday evening sees a ban on visitors to Wales from Covid hotspots elsewhere in the UK. This means anyone from England’s tier 2 and 3 areas, Northern Ireland and the Scottish central belt. In Scotland, until at least Monday 26 October, people in the central belt areas are advised to limit travel.

What about days out in tier 2 areas?Many visitor attractions have introduced booking systems and some have reduced their hours, but most are open again and pleasantly uncrowded. As they do everywhere, restaurants and bars now have to shut at 10pm and often need to be booked in advance as they are limiting numbers. But, as long as you only visit as a household group (or keep to six outdoors), you can still go for a day out in tier 2 areas.

What if I don’t want to travel? Can I get a refund?It varies. Some hotels and self-catering companies are offering refunds; others are offering a credit note or new dates. Under the new system, most places are still open and bookable, so customers might be

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