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International holidays will become illegal next week under new coronavirus laws that could see the ban in place until July.
Anyone breaching the new rules and trying to travel abroad without a 'reasonable excuse' could also face a fine of up to £5,000 under the new rules.
This will come into effect on Monday (March 29) if approved by MPs, according to the Mirror.
Legislation is being tweaked for when the 'stay home' order is lifted next Monday, which had previously effectively banned international travel.
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.
It comes as a blow to holidaymakers who have been holding out hope for May 17 becoming the date they can travel abroad again.
However, it has been said that June 30 is just an expiry date for the law, which will allow ministers to postpone the reintroduction of international travel if necessary, with a review into the rules taking place next month.
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.
MPs will vote on the new coronavirus laws on Thursday amid growing anger from Tory backbenchers over Mr Johnson's refusal to speed up the lifting of lockdown rules.
Lockdown expires on March 31 and new legislation to underpin restrictions over the coming months was published on Monday by Health Secretary Matt Hancock.
It states: "The Regulations also impose restrictions on leaving the United Kingdom without a reasonable excuse."
No-one may "leave England to travel to a destination outside the United Kingdom, or travel to, or be present at, an embarkation point for the purpose of travelling from there to a destination outside the United Kingdom" without a reasonable excuse.
Breaking the rules carries a hefty £5,000 fine.
The travel ban does not apply to visits to the Channel Islands, Isle of Man and the Republic of Ireland.
Brits will still be required to fill in a travel declaration form before leaving the UK, which sets out their reasons for the trip and their personal details.
Failure to do so carries a £200 fine and airlines can block people from boarding their flights if they haven't filled out the form.
There are a number of exemptions to the ban, including travel for work, study, for legal obligations or personal reasons such as to visit a dying relative or attend a funeral.
Human rights barrister Adam Wagner said: "Previously, the 'holiday ban' which the government had advertised was assumed rather than explicit – because going on holiday wasn't a reasonable excuse, it was assumed you couldn't be outside of your home to do so. But now it is explicit."
Protests will be allowed under exemptions to bans on mass gatherings if organised by a business, public or political body or other group and as long as organisers take the "required precautions".
Students will also be allowed to travel home from university for the Easter holidays and campaigning will be allowed for the local elections.
The new legislation effectively wipes away the old tiers rules and enshrines Mr Johnson's four-step lockdown roadmap in law.
The restrictions must be reviewed by April 12 and at least once every 35 days after – before expiring on June 30.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: "These measures have been vital to reducing infections, hospital admissions and deaths across the country, and thanks to peoples’ commitment and support, we have made strong progress.
“We are rightly ending as many national measures as safely as possible, while maintaining those which remain necessary and proportionate to help reduce and control infections further as we cautiously but irreversibly ease restrictions and our historic vaccination programme continues apace.”
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It comes as the Prime Minister warned that Britain must brace for a third wave of the virus as cases spiral in Europe.
Despite the success of the UK's vaccine rollout, Mr Johnson said he expected the surge in infections seen in countries such as France and Italy to hit the UK.
Speaking on a visit to BAE Systems in Lancashire on Monday, Mr Johnson said: "People in this country should be under no illusions that previous experience has taught us that when a wave hits our friends, it washes up on our shores as well.
"I expect that we will feel those effects in due course.
"That's why we're getting on with our vaccination programme as fast as we can but a vaccination campaign and developing vaccines, rolling them out – these are international projects and they require international co-operation."
Ministers have dampened hopes of foreign holidays this summer with coronavirus rates on the rise in Europe.
Care minister Helen Whately said it was "premature" to consider booking a holiday abroad and urged people to "hold off" on making foreign travel plans.
She told BBC Breakfast: "What I would counsel is caution at the moment for people to hold off on booking because, as anybody can see, we are in a situation where there are rising rates in many countries in Europe and we know that also something that comes with rising rates is increased rates of variants."