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Matt Hancock revealed the UK’s new tier arrangements in Parliament last week, as England prepares to move back to pre-national lockdown policy next Wednesday. Most parts of England fell into tiers two or three this morning, as the country is yet to emerge from a second wave of COVID-19. Ahead of Christmas, people will have started formulating travel arrangements, and the Government has provided guidance for people who need or want to travel between tiers.
Can you travel from Tier 3 to Tier 2?
According to advice posted to Gov.uk, people can travel between tiered areas if they need to.
But those travelling from lower to higher areas will not take their relative freedom with them.
And those travelling to higher tiers from a lower one will take their restrictions with them.
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Can you travel from Tier 3 to Tier 2? (Image: BBC)
Tier travel: People can travel between tiers, but should avoid staying in tier 3 (Image: GETTY)
People living in a tier three region should avoid travel altogether, however.
As they laid out their advice, the Government said tier three residents should not travel for stays “other than where necessary”.
But they added people can still travel through lower tiers on journeys elsewhere.
Government advice states: “You can continue to travel to venues or amenities which are open, but should aim to reduce the number of journeys you make where possible.”
Tier travel: Current COVID-19 cases in the UK (Image: EXPRESS)
“Avoid travelling to other parts of the UK, including for overnight stays other than where necessary, such as for work, education, youth services, to receive medical treatment, or because of caring responsibilities.
“You can travel through other areas as part of a longer journey.”
The reverse works for those living in tier one and two regions of England, who should avoid staying where tier three rules apply.
But once again people can do so where necessary, according to the same advice.
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Tier travel: People can travel abroad in every tier, but subject to travel corridor rules (Image: GETTY)
Gov.uk states: “If you live in a tier one area and travel to an area in a higher tier you should follow the rules for that area while you are there.
“Avoid travel to or overnight stays in tier three areas other than where necessary, such as for work, education, youth services, to receive medical treatment, or because of caring responsibilities.
“You can travel through a tier three area as part of a longer journey.”
While the Government has handed down rules for people travelling locally, no changes have impacted foreign travel.
Ministers have permitted foreign travel under any tier in their advice.
They said: “For international travel see the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office travel advice for your destination and the travel corridors list.”
The country permits quarantine-less travel to a swathe of countries around the world, many of which include popular Christmas locations.
But TRansport Secretary Grant Shapps said people going on holiday must travel “straight to an airport”.
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