Coronavirus in Wales: Your travel questions answered

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People are now allowed to travel to Wales' beaches and other beauty spots

"Stay local" travel restrictions have been lifted in Wales, meaning people can travel to see friends and family or visit beauty spots for the first time since March.

First Minister Mark Drakeford has said people will be able to "travel as far as they like for all purposes".

Previously, the guidelines required people to stay within five miles of their home.

But with many other restrictions for the hospitality and tourism sectors remaining in place, what does this mean for your plans to see loved ones or go on holiday?

When can I stay in a holiday cottage?

Bookings can be made to stay in self-contained holiday accommodation in Wales for dates from 11 July, two days ahead of what was previously announced.

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What do eased travel restrictions mean for me?

Self-contained refers to accommodation without any shared facilities, so includes caravans and motorhomes if they have their own toilets.

But it is also dependent on scientific and medical advice at the time.

When can I go camping or stay in a hotel?

No announcement has been made for holiday accommodation with shared facilities.

However, hotels, B&Bs and hostels that can provide en-suite rooms and provide room service meals can open from 11 July.

The same goes for boats and some glamping accommodation with their own kitchens and bathrooms that no other guests use.

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Conwy Castle is a key tourist attraction in north Wales

Can I stay with friends or relatives?

Only if you are forming an "extended household".

Extended households allow people to have physical contact, exercise, cook and eat together, and also stay overnight in each other's homes.

People can only be in one extended household, which cannot be changed once arranged.

Anyone living in houses of multiple occupation (HMOs) is allowed to form their own extended households separate from their housemates.

When can I go to a pub?

The phased reopening of pubs will start on Monday 13 July starting with outdoor spaces owned by the business and subject to existing licences.

It is dependent on coronavirus conditions continuing "to be favourable".

The reopening of indoor services will be considered later, depending on the success of outdoor opening.

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Folly Farm in Pembrokeshire is one of Wales' most visited tourist attractions

When can I visit tourist attractions?

Outdoor visitor attractions, including zoos, theme parks and country parks, are now allowed to reopen.

But the Welsh Government has stressed that the rules on social distancing and hand hygiene remain in place and will have to be followed.

Ministers have said a decision on reopening indoor attractions would be considered at the next review of the regulations on Thursday 9 July.

Can I travel from Wales into England?

Yes. People can now "travel as far as they like for all purposes". In England a number of businesses - including restaurants, pubs, hairdressers and cinemas - have been allowed to open their doors.

Can I travel from England to Wales?


Can I fly into or out of Cardiff Airport?

Yes. Cardiff Airport has officially reopened to passengers, saying airlines will "slowly restart flying passenger services, increasing in August".

The airport remained open throughout the lockdown to support essential flying, including critical cargo and medical flights.

Transport Minister Ken Skates has said it was for people to take "individual responsibility" when considering whether they should fly.

Can I fly in or out of an airport in England?

Yes. People in England can now travel to some European countries without having to spend 14 days in quarantine on their return, but no decision has been made on this in Wales.

Speaking at Friday's daily briefing, Mark Drakeford said he wanted to allow the scheme to operate in Wales but it had been "impossible" to get a "sensible answer" on how UK ministers intended to make the changes.