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

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 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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UK holidays: Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland holiday rules revealed (Image: GETTY)

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UK holidays: The coronavirus has completely disrupted the travel industry (Image: GETTY)

Unlike Wales’ former rules, there is no limit to how far people can travel.

However, Scots are expected to exercise “good judgement”.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “If the distance is so far that you would have to use someone else’s bathroom, then perhaps you shouldn’t be doing it.”

Like England, overnight stays are currency forbidden but businesses in Scotland’s tourism sector have been told to prepare for reopening on July 15.

This rule is also subject to change.

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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.

UK holidays: On July 6, Wales will be reopening its borders to tourists (Image: GETTY)

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

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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.

Staycation spots in the UK (Image: EXPRESS)

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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