When will holidays abroad resume?
People are already not allowed to travel for non-essential reasons under the current lockdown rules.
However, per the Prime Minister’s roadmap, the ‘Stay at Home’ measures are expected to ease on March 29.
So the new ban on foreign travel and associated fine is being implemented to prevent people from travelling abroad as lockdown measures begin to lift.
Sources told the Times newspaper that the legal ban on holidays until June 30 was for “legislative convenience”.
The Government’s review on when to restart travel is due on April 12, 2021.
The roadmap states May 17 could be the date foreign travel could restart, however the PM has stressed any easing of lockdown measures will be based on “data, not dates”.
How do you get a refund if your holiday cannot go ahead?
If a holiday is cancelled, MoneySavingExpert outlines the customer should receive a refund.
MoneySavingExpert explains: “As a general rule, if you’ve paid for a trip and then the travel firm cancels, you should be due a refund.
“Yet that hasn’t always proved easy with cancellations due to the pandemic.”
Several holiday companies are offering customers refunds and the option to rebook for holidays cancelled over the coming weeks.
The TUI website explains: “We’re working as quickly as possible to contact all impacted customers and are continuing to work through bookings in departure date order.
“You should have received an official cancellation email from us by March 5, explaining the different options available to you.
“These include changing your booking to a new holiday with a rebooking incentive, receiving a refund credit note with an additional rebooking incentive, or the ability to simply cancel your booking and receive a full cash refund within 14 days.”
- ^ Package holidays: TUI, BA, easyJet, Jet2 & Virgin updates (www.express.co.uk)