Ryanair are still running flights during lockdown – what would happen if you took a holiday?

RYANAIR has refused to stop flights in November despite the lockdown, meaning families with bookings will not be given refunds.

But what would happen if you still went on holiday? We explain the latest rules and consequences of a trip abroad during lockdown.

What are the lockdown rules regarding holidays?

Only essential travel is allowed during the lockdown, which starts tomorrow and hopes to end by December 2.

This means travelling for food, work, medical care or for exercise are the few exemptions.

Holidays abroad are not allowed to go ahead: "If you live in England, you cannot travel overseas or within the UK, unless for work, education or other legally permitted reasons, and you should look to reduce the number of journeys you make.

"Overnight stays and holidays away from primary residences will not be allowed – including holidays in the UK and abroad."

What is the punishment for breaking the rules?

According to the government, anyone caught breaking the rules over the age of 18 will be fined £200.

This increases per offence, doubling each time from £400 to a second offence and £6,400 for a sixth offence.

According to the FCDO, spot checks are also happening at the border: "Enforcement is carried out by Border Force at the point of entry and Public Health England beyond the border, and they are undertaking hundreds of checks a day."

What if I don't go on holiday?

While you can escape the fines if you skip your holiday, you are unlikely to get a refund.

Bookings are only refunded when the service is no longer offered, so when flights or a holiday no longer goes ahead.

As Ryanair vows to keep flying, you will most likely be left out of pocket.

Queues were seen building at Heathrow Airport this morning as people make the most of being able to go on holiday for one more day.

EasyJet, TUI and Jet2 have already confirmed that they will be cancelling the majority of flights until at least December due to the new rules.

Here are some of the essential reasons which will still let you travel abroad during the lockdown.

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