HOLIDAYS can no longer go ahead for millions of people in the UK as the government plunged London, the south-east, Peterborough and Portsmouth into tier 4.

Wales has also been placed into a similar alert level 4 with travel banned.

Not only has the country gone back into a strict lockdown, but many destinations have banned all UK flights due to the second strain of coronavirus reported in the south-east.

More than 40 countries have stopped UK flights – France, Spain, Italy and Portugal have all banned any UK arrivals, along with other countries across the globe.

However some destinations are still open to UK travellers, with parts of the country remain in tier 1, 2 or tier 3 which allows travel abroad.

While the government advise "staying local" in all tiers, travelling abroad is not banned unless in tier 4.

The new rules allow holidaymakers still to go abroad even if it means travelling to an airport in tier 4.

The latest government advice states: "If you live outside a Tier 4 area you may still transit into or through a Tier 4 area to travel abroad if you need to, but you should carefully consider whether you need to do so."

Tier 4 airports are Heathrow, Luton and London City, while Gatwick and Stansted are in tier 2.

Here are the countries which are still open to Brits for a holiday – although these could change at the last minute so families are advised to book with caution.


Greece has not yet followed in banning UK arrivals to the country.

However, the new rules in place from today enforce a seven-day quarantine on arrival, with mandatory coronavirus tests on day one and day seven.

Families who complete the seven-day quarantine can then leave.

Only the islands of Rhodes, Kos, Zante, Corfu and Crete and are open to Brits without a mandatory quarantine back in the UK as well.

UAE (Dubai)

Dubai, located in the United Arab Emirates, is yet to ban UK travellers from arriving.

However, Etihad has changed their entry restrictions for Brits travelling to the UAE.

All passengers must have a negative coronavirus test taken no more than 72 hours before travel to Abu Dhabi.

The region has seen soaring popularity, especially with reality TV stars after being one of the few hot locations open to British tourists.


The Maldives is also yet to restrict travel from the UK.

However, Tourism Ministry’s Senior Executive Director Ali Razan said they will issue an update following discussions with health ministers.

Brits may struggle to travel to the Maldives depending on their flight route if it travels through Europe, although British Airways flies direct, while Emirates connects in Dubai.


The Caribbean island is yet to close their borders to Brits, unlike other islands such as Barbados and Jamaica.

The majority of UK travellers visit the island with TUI, who fly from London Gatwick to Varadero, and flights are yet to be cancelled.


Gibraltar also remains open to Brits with no quarantine restrictions or border bans, but has now enforced mandatory negative coronavirus tests before travel.

Here is what you need about the airlines cancelling flights and if they are issuing refunds.

It is feared that tier 4 regions could remain under the strict lockdown for months, until a vaccine is more widely rolled out.

More than 20 million Brits in tier 4 were warned that the restrictions could be in place until Easter.

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