People will be able to travel from Wales to tier one and two areas in England and Scotland from Friday.
The new regulations prohibit travel into tier three zones in England, tiers three and four in Scotland and the whole of Northern Ireland.
Previously people could
only travel out of Wales if it was “essential”.
But the Welsh Government said it still strongly advised people against travelling to other parts of the UK to help control the spread of the virus.
England’s lockdown ended on 2 December and it now has a
The Scottish government has a
five-level alert system
of Covid-19 restrictions.
It means for people in Wales, travel to London will be possible, but not Birmingham or Bristol.
Large parts of the Midlands, North East and North West, including Manchester, as well as Kent,
are in tier three.
A majority of England is in the second highest level – tier two – including London and Liverpool city region.
The new regulations were announced after the cabinet met on Wednesday to decide on the latest travel restrictions as England’s lockdown came to an end.
It comes as Welsh pubs, restaurants and cafes face a
ban on serving alcohol on their premises
from Friday and will be unable to open to customers beyond 18:00 GMT.
Mandy Symonds has owned The Boat Inn in the border town of Chepstow in Monmouthshire for 18 months.
She said she was “gutted” when she realised the new regulations meant her customers could go into England – “a 20 second walk away” – to drink alcohol in a pub when she could not serve them any.
“I’m closing… everything’s stacked against you,” she said.
“It’s a mockery. I feel like he [First Minister Mark Drakeford] is deliberately trying to drive us out of business.
“The rules should be the same all over the country…
“I’ve spent so much money here, invested in a marquee and put heating in there, lost half our tables, put screens up, staff are wearing masks, there’s track and trace… I feel beaten down over it all now.”
She said she did not know when she would reopen but it would depend on restrictions.
Boundary Lane in Saltney is the border between Wales and England.
Claire Davenport lives in Flintshire but works on the English side of the border. She said the lifting of travel restrictions would not affect her too much.
“My family tend to keep within Wales and don’t go into England really because we’ve got Broughton shopping park. But it