First Minister Mark Drakeford has lifted the measures on travellers from other parts of the UK into Wales. Wales went into a firebreak lockdown in November shortly before England entered its own month-long lockdown on November 5.
Under England’s national lockdown, travellers from the country were not allowed to travel to Wales unless for an essential reason.
Wales is a popular destination for UK holidays – the unpredictable weather aside, Wales welcomed 87 million people on day-trips to the country in 2019.
The tourism industry in Wales accounts for almost 10 percent of its workforce, which has been hit hard by restrictions relating to the coronavirus pandemic.
While Wales is not currently in lockdown, there are still heavy restrictions in place, including a ban on pubs serving alcohol.
First Minister Mark Drakeford said: “There will be no restrictions on travel within Wales but we need to have some restrictions on travel across the border to those parts of the UK where infection rates are high to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
“We are also advising people in Wales not to travel into those parts of England and Scotland where the infection rate is lower, to help prevent them taking coronavirus with them.
“Coronavirus doesn’t respect borders – we all have a part to play in keeping Wales and the UK safe.
“Please think carefully about where you are going and what you are doing. This virus thrives wherever we come together with others.
“Taken together with our other measures, these travel restrictions will help to keep us all safe.”
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Can I stay overnight in Wales?
During the firebreak lockdown in Wales earlier this month, all hotels and other hospitality were closed for 17 days in order to bring the infection rate down.
Once lockdown finished, they were allowed to reopen – but only to visitors from other parts of Wales.
Now that the border has been reopened to travellers from certain areas across the UK, it is assumed they will be able to stay overnight in Wales – but the Welsh Government has not yet advised on this.
However, if you are travelling to visit residents in Wales, you are not permitted to stay overnight in their home.
Furthermore, you are not permitted to enter another person’s home in Wales unless for essential reasons.
International travel restrictions will continue and are also likely to remain in place until at least January, the Welsh Government has confirmed.