Travel money: Post Office restarts online foreign exchange service
Back in March when lockdown in the UK began, many holidaymakers looking forward to their Easter breaks abroad were left disappointed as airlines grounded their fleets and holidays were cancelled.
Along with surplus sunscreen, summer clothes and sandals, many Britons were left with huge amounts of foreign currency.
Now, as Britons plan their summer holidays once again, demand for travel money is on the up.
The UK’s largest provider of foreign currency has returned just in time for Britons’ future holidays.
The Post Office is now offering a wide range of Travel Money services across the UK.
Travel money: The UK’s largest provider of foreign currency has returned
Customers planning trips abroad will be able to order over 60 currencies online for next day home delivery or collection from all 11,500 Post Office branches.
Same day online “click and collect” delivery of travel money will also be available at a selected number of branches across the UK from July 1.
Customers will also be able to use the pre-order currency function in selected Post Office branches alongside Post Office’s over-the-counter foreign exchange service which enables customers to obtain euros, US dollars and up to 30 other popular currencies on demand.
Customers can also load the Post Office pre-paid Travel Money Card with a choice of up to 23 currencies.
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Both these services remained active on a reduced scale during the three-month suspension of the online and pre-order Travel Money operation.
Nick Boden, Head of Post Office Travel Money said: “We have been monitoring the position carefully in recent weeks and are aware of growing consumer interest in holidays as lockdown rules have relaxed.
“With the reintroduction of flights by leading airlines and the re-opening of resorts in Europe, we feel that it is appropriate to resume our travel money services so that we can accommodate those who want to start planning trips abroad in the coming months.
“We’re following FCO advice closely and we advise holidaymakers to do the same.”
Travel money: The Post Office is now offering a wide range of Travel Money services across the UK
The Post Office is also making sure that customers can get a full refund for they travel money if their holiday is cancelled.
However, the Post Office has warned that claims need to be supported by currency purchase and sell receipts as well as evidence of holiday cancellation.
Where can Britons fly on holiday currently? Air bridges have allowed travel for holidays between countries without quarantine restrictions.
The UK Government is currently in discussions with a number of European nations about potential “air bridges”.
Travel money: Customers planning trips abroad will be able to order over 60 currencies online
Transport Secretary Grant Schapps said this week: “You can see there are a lot of complexities.
“I don’t want to be evasive but I don’t also want to give people false hope, which is why I need to wait until the end of the process and wait until June 29.”
From July 4, a number of destinations are expected to be included in air bridges with the UK.
Multiple publications have reported that France, Italy and Spain will be the first nations people will be allowed to travel to.