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Overseas holidays banned from Monday under new coronavirus laws with £5,000 fines for breaching rules

Overseas holidays banned from Monday under new coronavirus laws with £5,000 fines for breaching rules

Foreign holidays will be illegal from next week under new coronavirus laws which could last until the end of June.

Brits trying to travel abroad without a reasonable excuse could be fined up to £5,000 under the legislation, which will come into force on Monday if approved by MPs.

International travel was already banned in most circumstances under the lockdown rules but the law is being tweaked for when the stay-at-home order lifts on March 29.

Under the new laws, non-essential foreign travel will be banned until June 30 – unless ministers bring in new rules to speed up the timetable.

A Government taskforce is looking at when foreign travel could resume and it is expected to report to Boris Johnson by April 12.

The lockdown roadmap says holidays abroad will not be allowed until May 17 at the earliest – but the new legislation is likely to dampen hopes of an earlier reopening.

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