Travel ban: Can I visit Wales from Covid hotspots?

A ban on people travelling to Wales from coronavirus hotspots elsewhere in the UK has come into effect.

First Minister Mark Drakeford announced the rules on Wednesday after twice asking Boris Johnson to stop people from English hotspots from travelling.

The ban covers all of Northern Ireland, England’s tier two and three areas and the Scottish central belt.

Mr Johnson has since written back to Mr Drakeford and said the UK “must avoid imposing conflicting restrictions”.

Welsh Secretary Simon Hart criticised the decision, saying it risks “stirring division and confusion, but the move has been backed by Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

The new rules, which came into force at 18:00 BST on Friday, mean anyone coming from places in the UK with extra restrictions is now banned from entering the country.

People living in parts of England and Scotland without extra restrictions can still travel to areas of Wales which are not under local lock

downs, including Powys, Pembrokeshire and Gwynedd (apart from Bangor).

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