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1. Posted by Frarnce (First Time Poster 1 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

I was a digital nomad before covid, but have been basically locked down in my home town in uk since March 2020.
I know that international travel is currently illegal apart from exceptional cases, but the reason the government give is that people could bring back new variants etc when returning.
Once I am able to leave UK, I won’t come back for a long time, at least a year.
I’m willing to travel to any country that will allow uk citizens as it seems there aren’t too many countries that are handing the pandemic as badly as UK.
Does any one know of any legal ways to allow digital nomads to escape?

2. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2250 posts) 3w 1 Star this if you like it!

Well, over half the UK adult population have been vaccinated, while across the water in Europe there are fresh lockdowns and the few vaccinations are being held up by political fumbling. And you think our country is handling it badly?!

Right now you're in the safest place. And you have medical cover, which won't be the case elsewhere. We're on the cusp of life getting back to normal, and I think most other countries are some months behind that.

We're all frustrated, but compared to many places our lockdown is a walk in the park.

3. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 2320 posts) 3w 2 Star this if you like it!

The fact that you think the UK is handing the pandemic 'badly' suggests that either your knowledge of other countries is limited or you are only interested in how it affects you personally. The UK is by no means the only country which is preventing its citizens from travelling abroad (Australia and NZ bought in that restriction many months ago) and, frankly, the UK's lockdown restrictions have been considerably less severe than many other countries. There is no curfew, you are not limited to a radius of 2km of your home, you are not allowed outside only to walk your dog, you are not required to carry legal permission documents when you leave your home, you do not risk arrest or a fine if you don't wear a mask on the street, you don't have to pay for your medical treatment.......

>Does any one know of any legal ways to allow digital nomads to escape?

In a word, no. Travel abroad is illegal except for very specific reasons.

The list of workers permitted to travel abroad is equally specific:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-travellers-exempt-from-uk-border-rules/coronavirus-covid-19-travellers-exempt-from-uk-border-rules

Being a 'digital nomad' is not on the list.

I'd note that there were several months during 2020 when you could have travelled out of the UK to continue your nomadic life but chose not to do so.

Like the rest of us (and hundreds of millions of people elsewhere in the world) you just have to accept that you are living through a pandemic and, hard though it may be, you can no longer do everything you want to do exactly when you want to do it. That acceptance is called 'acting for the greater good'.

You are not alone in your frustration. The regular members of this travel website travel frequently (some for months at a time, some without a regular base) and have often done so for many years. There are many, many people who have been unable to visit loved ones abroad here are travellers who have been unable to return to their home bases because those homes are not in the country of their citizenship I personally know someone who has been unable to return to his home (and his animals) since last March.

We are all hugely frustrated but it is as it is. Be patient, accept that the world doesn't turn to your tune, make the best of what you have. Eventually, travel restrictions will be lifted and we will all be able to return to something nearer to our normal travelling life.

4. Posted by bracknelson123 (Inactive 9 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

I don't think that in this kind of situation any country will allow to let UK's people come to their country.

5. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 2320 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

>I don't think that in this kind of situation any country will allow to let UK's people come to their country.

You are wrong.

There are plenty of countries which allow UK visitors (e.g. Barbados, Maldives, Seychelles, Botswana, Iceland etc etc), with the vast majority requiring a negative test, some requiring a quarantine period. The problem the OP has is that it is, at the moment, illegal for UK citizens to leave the UK other than for very specific reasons.

6. Posted by Trebor Illusion (Budding Member 102 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

I've sort of given up trying to leave the UK this year because of Covid, to be honest, I'm in England and I'm not convinced Scotland or Wales will be a sure thing.
Ever heard of 'Staycation'?
I'm thinking 2021 could be 'The Year of the Staycation' while countries figure out Covid.

Now, crises, maybe, try to think opportunity; once we're allowed to travel for leisure, we know England will be open to England at least, so, why not use this year as an opportunity to see anywhere we want to in England (or other UK home nation you might be in) that you haven't yet.

[ Edit: Edited on 3 Apr 2021, 14:56 GMT by Trebor Illusion ]

7. Posted by milessafaris (First Time Poster 1 posts) 20h Star this if you like it!

uk is safe

8. Posted by Trebor Illusion (Budding Member 102 posts) 19h Star this if you like it!

What's a digital nomad?

[ Edit: Edited on 16 Apr 2021, 08:14 GMT by Trebor Illusion ]

9. Posted by goodfish (Full Member 208 posts) 18h Star this if you like it!

What's a digital nomad?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_nomad

10. Posted by Trebor Illusion (Budding Member 102 posts) 18h Star this if you like it!

Quoting goodfish

What's a digital nomad?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_nomad

Oh.

Seems like all a digital nomad has to do is to find a WiFi connection...

Maybe Caffè Nero, unless that's take out only now.

[ Edit: Edited on 16 Apr 2021, 08:44 GMT by Trebor Illusion ]