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Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Information

We have produced a 2022 Holiday Booking Guide which tells you when the main holiday destinations in the world are likely to open their borders to UK travellers. It also answers questions such as "What will happen to prices in 2022" and "How can I book a flexible and protected holiday?"

The guide can be found here:-

2022 Holiday Booking Guide

Foreign office information

The current foreign office travel advice to each country is at:-

Foreign Office advice for each country

General Coronavirus travel advice from the foreign office can be found at:-

Foreign Office - Coronavirus advice

In general terms travel restrictions are lifting and our travel advisors can give you the latest position if you get in touch.

Frequently asked questions:-

If you want to cancel your holiday before your departure date

Leading up to your departure date normal booking terms and conditions apply because even if you are unable to travel to a country at the moment it could change by your departure date and your holiday could still proceed. 

So if you were to cancel your holiday prior to departure (or refuse to pay your balance for example) then you could lose your deposit and/or end up paying cancellation charges.

If the operator has cancelled the holiday though then it's a different story. See below.

If the operator cancels the holiday

As your departure date approaches a tour operator may cancel your holiday if the foreign office is advising against all but essential travel to that destination or if that country is not allowing UK visitors. If the operator does cancel your holiday then they should allow you to choose between re-arranging it to a later date or getting a full refund.

What happens if the tour operator goes bust?

If you have booked a package holiday with an ATOL protected operator (which is more than likely) and if you have a booking yet to depart and the operator goes bust, then the government (through the CAA) will refund any money that you have paid.

If the tour operator goes bust while you are overseas then the government will arrange to bring you home at no cost.

If instead of a current booking with an operator you have a credit note for your previous booking then the government and the CAA have also confirmed that these will be covered by ATOL protection.

Will my travel insurance cover me if I cancel because of Coronavirus?

You have to check the small print of your policy very carefully. Some will cover you and some won’t. If it doesn’t, then you may be able to buy an extension to cover it. If they don’t offer an extension then you might want to take out a new policy with another company, cancel your original policy and get a refund for the unexpired term.

We have found that Coverwise offer some reasonable Covid cover:-

Single Trip Policy or Annual Policy

Or if you want to search the market you can try Confused.com

Should I be booking a holiday right now?

If you are interested in getting the best value then booking now is always going to be the best option as prices are only going to rise during 2022. Operators have massive losses to make up and availability is getting booked up. 

However there is always the risk of travel restrictions being imposed and so you need to make sure you book a package holiday with a reputable, ATOL protected operator who have behaved well during Covid. We can help advise you on these operators.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Information

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Information

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