LONDON has been placed into tier 3 from today, just days before many plan to travel around the UK for Christmas.

Here is what you need to know about travelling between the tiers and going on holiday.

What are the holiday rules for tier 3?

Tier 3 is the highest risk, with the most rules in place.

Holidays cannot go ahead with hotels and restaurants closed, while households are only allowed to travel for essential reasons.

No mingling of households is allowed, with no meetings of six either inside or outside.

This means no travelling to tier 2 or tier 1 regions either.

Going abroad is also advised against unless for reasons such as work, education or healthcare: "In a Tier 3 area, you should avoid travelling outside of your area."

This is despite Transport Secretary Grant Shapps previously saying tier 3 residents could go abroad if they went "straight to the airport".

What are the holiday rules for tier 2?

The majority of the country is in tier 2, which is still a high risk.

Holidays can go ahead in tier 2, with hotels and holiday resorts able to open, but this must only be as a household – you cannot go on holiday with other friends and families.

Pubs and restaurants will remain open as long as they are serving food, and the rule of six is allowed when outside, but not inside.

Travelling to tier 1 is allowed, although must only be as a household and travelling to tier 3 is advised against.

Going abroad is also allowed in tier 2: "From 2 December you may travel abroad, including to visit friends and family, subject to any restrictions in place at your destination."

Full list of regions in tier 1, tier 2 and tier 3


  • Cornwall
  • Isle of Wight
  • Isles of Scilly


  • Cumbria
  • Liverpool City Region
  • Warrington and Cheshire


  • York
  • North Yorkshire

West Midlands

  • Worcestershire
  • Herefordshire
  • Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin

East Midlands

  • Rutland
  • Northamptonshire

East of England

  • Suffolk
  • Cambridgeshire, including Peterborough
  • Norfolk
  • Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes

South East

  • East Sussex
  • West Sussex
  • Brighton and Hove
  • Surrey
  • Reading
  • Wokingham
  • Bracknell Forest
  • Windsor and Maidenhead
  • West Berkshire
  • Hampshire (except the Isle of Wight), Portsmouth and Southampton
  • Buckinghamshire
  • Oxfordshire

South West

  • South Somerset, Somerset West and Taunton, Mendip and Sedgemoor
  • Bath and North East Somerset
  • Dorset
  • Bournemouth
  • Christchurch
  • Poole
  • Gloucestershire
  • Wiltshire and Swindon
  • Devon



  • all 32 boroughs plus the City of London

North East

  • Tees Valley Combined Authority:
  • Hartlepool
  • Middlesbrough
  • Stockton-on-Tees
  • Redcar and Cleveland
  • Darlington
  • North East Combined Authority:
  • Sunderland
  • South Tyneside
  • Gateshead
  • Newcastle upon Tyne
  • North Tyneside
  • County Durham
  • Northumberland

North West

  • Greater Manchester
  • Lancashire
  • Blackpool
  • Blackburn with Darwen

Yorkshire and The Humber

  • The Humber
  • West Yorkshire
  • South Yorkshire

West Midlands

  • Birmingham and Black Country
  • Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent
  • Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull

East Midlands

  • Derby and Derbyshire
  • Nottingham and Nottinghamshire
  • Leicester and Leicestershire
  • Lincolnshire

South East

  • Slough (remainder of Berkshire is tier 2: High alert)
  • Kent and Medway
  • Essex, Thurrock and Southend on Sea
  • Hertfordshire

South West

  • Bristol
  • South Gloucestershire
  • North Somerset

What are the holiday rules for tier 1?

Tier 1 is the lowest risk, with just a few destinations in the tier.

Only Cornwall, Isle of Wight and the Isles of Scilly are in tier 1.

Holidays can go ahead in tier 1, with mixing inside allowed of up to six people.

There are no travel restrictions within tier 1, and tier 1 and also travel into tier 2, but only in their households.

It is advised against travelling to tier 3.

Going abroad is also allowed in tier 1: "From 2 December you may travel abroad, including to visit friends and family, subject to any restrictions in place at your destination."

We've also explained the rules for travelling between tiers this Christmas.

Thousands of drinkers hit the pubs and bars last night in London to make the most of them being open, before tier 3 restrictions were enforced.

Brits were hit with bad news for holidays abroad as the Canaries was added to the UK quarantine list last week.

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