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Foreign holidays will be illegal from Monday: New Covid laws mean £5,000 fines for anyone leaving the UK without 'reasonable excuse' – and they won't be reassessed until after Easter at the earliest


A ban on leaving the United Kingdom without a reasonable excuse is included in new coronavirus laws coming into force next week.

The legislation for restrictions over the coming months, as the Government sets out its road map for coming out of lockdown, was published on Monday. 

Entitled the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Steps) (England) Regulations 2021, the laws come into force on March 29.

According to the legal document: 'The Regulations also impose restrictions on leaving the United Kingdom without a reasonable excuse (regulation 8).'

The law says no-one may '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.

It suggests anyone who breaks such rules could face a £5,000 fine. There is also a £200 fixed penalty notice for failing to fill in a travel declaration form – giving person details and reason for travel – for those planning to leave the UK.

The revelation comes amid warnings from Boris Johnson about a third wave of coronavirus currently sweeping across Europe - which could 'wash up on our shores'.