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Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Information

We have produced a 2021 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 2021" and "How can I book a flexible and protected holiday?"

The guide can be found here:-

2021 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 we expect that travel restrictions are going to be lifted throughout 2021 as the various vaccines continue to be rolled out. 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 in theory government advice could change tomorrow 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. If the operator does cancel your holiday then they are likely to offer you the chance to reschedule your holiday or they might offer you a credit note to use against future bookings. Some operators are even offering credits that are bigger then the value of the holiday you booked.

If you have booked a package holiday (eg flights and accommodation) you are within your rights to accept this offer or to get a cash refund for what you paid for the holiday.

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.

It is worth noting that insurance companies may be changing their policies as we write this and so getting the right policy sooner rather than later may be advisable.

Should I be booking a holiday right now?

It's obviously completely up to you and we suggest you should only book a departure date that is sufficiently far in the future to provide the level of comfort necessary for someone in your situation. 

For those willing to travel a bit earlier there are some great deals around at the moment and remember if you book a package holiday with an ATOL protected operator then your future booking will be financially protected.

We have found holidays with the most flexible booking conditions at:-

https://www.holidaysplease.co.uk/flex

However, it is of course completely your decision and we are here to help as much or as little as you like!

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Information

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Information

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