Holidays abroad illegal from Monday with £5k fines for Brits who break rules

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Brits trying to leave the country without a reasonable excuse will face huge fines from Monday – with holidays set to become illegal.

New coronavirus rules will come into force on March 29 if approved by MPs on Thursday, March 25.

Under the laws, non-essential foreign travel will be banned until June 30, unless they are amended before then.

Those caught breaking the lockdown restrictions could be fined up to £5,000, The Sun originally reported.

The current lockdown ends on March 31, and the new legislation was published by Health Secretary Matt Hancock.

Part of the document, called Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Steps) (England) Regulations 2021, reads: "The Regulations also impose restrictions on leaving the United Kingdom without a reasonable excuse (regulation 8)."

It states that no one can "leave England to travel to a destination outside the United Kingdom, or travel to, or be present at, an embarkation point for the purpose of travelling from there to a destination outside the United Kingdom" without a reasonable excuse.

In the meantime, a Government taskforce will decide when foreign travel could resume, and will report to Prime Minister Boris Johnson by April 12.

Under the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown, holidays abroad will not be allowed until May 17 at the earliest.

As it stands, Brits leaving the country must bring a travel declaration from and face £200 fines if they don’t have the right documentation.

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On Monday, March 22, Defence Secretary Ben Wallace also urged would-be jetsetters not to be "reckless" ahead of next month's official report on foreign travel.

He added breaks on the continent may not happen this year amid bungled vaccine roll-outs and renewed lockdowns in Europe.

On BBC's Andrew Marr, he said: "Even though the United Kingdom is almost leading the world on vaccination rates over half the adult population, it's really important that we don't import new variants to undermine all that hard work.

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"We can't be deaf and blind to what's going on outside the UK.

"If we were to be reckless and import a new variant, what would people say about that?"

Wallace added that plans for a break are "premature" and "potentially risky".

He said: “This national effort to control this pandemic, all the indicators are in the right direction at the moment and let's take it step by step."

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