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Don't book a vacation abroad unless you can afford to throw the cost away


The British were warned today not to book a vacation abroad unless they can afford to lose the money if they dream of a summer vacation that is now at stake.

Concerns about travel restrictions abroad increased when British tourism chiefs warned the British to make their "stay" reservations as soon as possible next year. Families book UK vacation dates in 2021, though the cost of some stays increases 50 percent as operators try to offset some of their lockout losses.

Campsites, B & Bs and cottages across Britain are also running out as vacations postponed during the closure are now being rebooked for next year.

Up to 14 million Britons are expected to vacation in the UK before the children go back to school in September. This gives the country's economy a boost of £ 3.7 billion. Havens says bookings in the 36 parks increased 96 percent year over year. Demand for caravan sites in Devon rose 140 percent, and bookings at locations in Butlins also increased.

Guy Anker of MoneySavingExpert told The Times: “People who booked a vacation or took out insurance after mid-March will not be covered by a local ban or a decision to change travel advice.

"My advice would be not to spend any money that you can't afford to lose at the moment, or if flexibility isn't written into your plane ticket or hotel booking."

The empty Jet2 check-in desk at Edinburgh Airport this morning after telling British tourists not to travel to Spain

Jet2 staff are standing at Edinburgh Airport's check-in counter today, according to the new UK policy not to travel to Spain

Jet2 staff are standing at Edinburgh Airport's check-in counter today, according to the new UK policy not to travel to Spain

British vacation agent Hoseasons said it hired additional telesales personnel to meet the additional demand with bookings for next year, which have increased by a third at normal levels. Bookings for vacation rentals rose 223 percent last month compared to the same period in 2019, while call volume is more than ten times the normal level.

Charles Millward, owner of Staycation Holidays, which manages 120 properties in the UK, told The Times: "People should be concerned about availability next year."

He added that from March to September, accommodation only has three weekends off next year and the stay "has suddenly become massive for us this summer".

Warwick-based writer and broadcaster Sally Jones told ITV's Good Morning Britain: "I think it is absolutely crazy to encourage people to go abroad if we don't know which countries will be closed where. Quarantine, for example, comes from Croatia or come back to France.

& # 39; There are wonderful, wonderful places in England. I think most people don't know their own country that well. & # 39;

She added: "Why not explore places like Scotland or the beaches of Northumberland? There are these incredible places in England – most of us have never been there. & # 39;

Tourists look around the village of Boscastle in Cornwall yesterday on a rainy day while people are staying all over the UK

Tourists look around the village of Boscastle in Cornwall yesterday on a rainy day while people are staying all over the UK

British campsites also saw a boom in bookings as people quit traveling abroad.

How families could lose their vacation and money if airlines say they are still flying to Spain

The airlines refuse to cancel flights to Spain – although the government advises against all but essential travel.

The move levitates hundreds of thousands of British families and threatens to lose thousands of pounds. It also conflicts with the British government by ignoring a public security edict.

The government issued the travel warning after the appearance of a second wave of corona viruses in parts of Spain.

Customers would normally expect travel agents to cancel flights and offer refunds. But all major airlines that have suffered massive losses after the collapse of air traffic have insulted the government and continue to offer the flights.

This means that families may lose their vacation and money.

People could ignore the government and take their flights. But they would have to be quarantined for 14 days when they come back and their travel insurance may be invalid.

Alternatively, you can cancel your trip with no refund guarantee. British Airways and easyJet have proposed offering vouchers for future flights instead of a refund for those who cancel.

Ryanair has refused to offer anything. It has even been suggested that people who have changed their flights could charge up to £ 95 per person.

The Civil Aviation Authority said nothing can be done to ensure that those who book only one flight will receive a refund. Recovery of money from travel insurance has been suggested, but most insurers have clauses that deny corona virus claims.

The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has stated that it is "likely" that travel insurance for vacationers who are already in Spain will continue until they return home.

However, anyone who tries to travel to countries against FCO advice will void their travel insurance.

According to the ABI, people who have booked a trip or taken out travel insurance after Covid-19 was declared a pandemic may not be insured for travel interruptions or cancellations. In both cases, travelers should check with their insurer.

Only Nationwide FlexPlus travel insurance, which has a checking account of GBP 13 per month, covers trips canceled due to a change in advice from the Federal Foreign Office after a booking. It also covers trips canceled due to a local block.

Other policies from Trailfinders, Nationwide, Axa, All Clear, Coverwise and Insure For apply to corona virus cancellations, but not due to a change in government travel restrictions.

The Pitchup.com website, which sends 800,000 people to 2,000 campsites in the UK each year, said Sunday bookings for a single day were twice as high as last year.

Around 6,100 bookings were required, which corresponds to around 18,000 people, an increase of 20 percent over the previous Sunday. Booking platform founder Dan Yates said there was a clear move to Staycations.

He said: “For many who are just considering booking a trip abroad, this is likely to be the nail in the coffin, as the change in regulations fundamentally affects consumer confidence overseas.

"The tense financial climate means that British holidaymakers are unlikely to take the risk of not being able to work when they return, which is likely to have caused UK bookings to increase this weekend." The website also offers bookings for campsites across Europe.

Mr. Yates said: & # 39; The tourism and hospitality sector has been decimated by Covid and our Spanish website owners are in turmoil. They believe that a more localized approach focusing on quarantine in the specific regions affected by the Covid Summits would have been a more appropriate and effective response from the UK government.

"However, this is good news for domestic campsites and caravan parks as thousands will replace a UK holiday abroad."

Mr. Yates said: "The ever-changing guidelines are likely to create mass confusion and concern among the British, and many will likely choose to play it safe and stay closer to their homes this year."

In a severe blow to the domestic and international tourism industry, ministers extended travel restrictions to the Spanish islands and warned that further vacation destinations could follow.

The Federal Foreign Office is now warning of "anything but essential" trips to the Balearic and Canary Islands, which have already done this for the mainland. This is in addition to the 14-day quarantine upon return.

The travel company Jet2 responded to the dictation by canceling flights to all Spanish destinations and asked passengers not to go to the airport.

Downing Street warned, "Unfortunately, no travel is risk-free during this pandemic."

Sources said there were "no immediate plans" to change travel and quarantine advice to other countries.

However, Croatia and Belgium are worrying and the ministers are also monitoring France and Germany.

Last night, Grant Shapps canceled his own vacation in Spain to deal with the crisis.

The Minister of Transport, whose wife and children continue their vacation without him, has to be quarantined at home for two weeks.

He told the mail that he felt "not right" and would go on vacation if others ruined her plans. Cabinet Minister Michael Gove canceled a trip to the Balearic Islands on Saturday.

Ministers faced a backlash from travel experts and the aviation industry last night over the "chaotic" approach to airlift policy that has only existed for three weeks.

The Spanish government, international airline bosses, vacationers and travel agents said Britain was wrong about security, science and economic impact.

Former Tory cabinet minister Michael Portillo said it was "a deliberate attempt to ruin recovery."

People lined up yesterday to get to London's Tate Modern after the art museum reopened

However, a government source said: “This has always been a security policy. If we believe that there is a risk that we will import cases from overseas, we will act decisively to prevent this. & # 39;

The Spanish prime minister says quarantine is "unjust" and claims that tourists in his country are SAFE than in the UK after the FCO changed conflicting advice and urged the British not to travel to islands

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez

The Spanish prime minister has classified the quarantine restrictions as "unjust" and has said that tourists in his country will be safer than in the UK as ministers are preparing to reduce the quarantine from 14 days to 10 days in order to take short breaks for millions of families save.

Pedro Sanchez yesterday evening criticized the government's sudden decision to force the British returning from Spain to stay at home for two weeks and urged the government to reconsider their decision.

Quarantined tourists fear that 14 days of self-isolation could cost them paid work, and there is concern that the newly imposed rules could end the summer vacation season.

Shortly after the Federal Foreign Office tightened its stance and advised against non-essential trips to all of Spain, including the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands, Sanchez told the Spanish television station Telecinco on Monday evening: “I think the UK's decision is wrong.

“Spain is made up of a number of regions with a cumulative infection rate that is below both the European and the British average.

& # 39; The Spanish tourism industry has acted very responsibly in the past few months, sending a safety message related to the health emergency we are experiencing.

"It is true that the coronavirus pandemic continues to show very worrying developments on a global level and also on a European level, but the spread of the virus is not uniform in Spain.

"Sixty-two percent of new cases occur in two regions, but in the majority of the country, the cumulative incidence of the virus is below the European average and the British average."

The British government is now considering shaving four days before the two-week quarantine to convince those who are considering whether or not to fly to continue their journey.

According to Matt Hancock's suggestions, returning travelers who take a negative test eight days after landing will be given the go-ahead to break the quarantine two days later.

The additional two days are a buffer in the event of symptoms, according to the Daily Telegraph, which first revealed the planned reduction.

A source informed MailOnline that reducing the quarantine time from 14 to 10 days was a "live discussion".

The advice was changed as follows:

  • The British began to cancel trips across Europe because they feared the trip would be prohibited and quarantine rules imposed.
  • The head of Tui, Britain's largest travel company, called for tax breaks for the industry as the sector's stocks plummeted.
  • The company canceled holidays in the Balearic and Canary Islands last night.
  • Health Minister Lord Bethell said the government relied on vacationers to voluntarily isolate themselves because they could not monitor the rules.
  • Downing Street admitted that some returning Britons may have to sign up for benefits if their employers refuse to pay them while isolating themselves.
  • There were fears that some British tourists in Spain could be locked up if the number of cases increased;
  • The Spanish government said Britain had overreacted and should immediately lift the quarantine rules on its islands. No. 10 declined calls to replace the quarantine with a test regime at airports.

The government shocked the nation and the travel industry over the weekend with new advice against all but essential travel to mainland Spain.

At the same time, it was said that anyone returning from there should go into 14-day quarantine. If you break the quarantine, you will be fined GBP 1,000.

The decision was made for fear of a second wave of Covid in Spain after the number of cases increased by 75 percent in just 48 hours last week.

The infection rate in Spain is 35.1 cases per 100,000 people, while the UK is 14 according to the latest figures from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control.

The Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands were included in the quarantine restrictions, but were excluded from the Federal Foreign Office's warning against "all but essential travel".

The omission had raised hopes yesterday that the islands, where coronavirus cases are said to be lower, could be removed from Spain after intensive lobbying.

These hopes were dashed last night by the latest advice from the Federal Foreign Office.

A spokesman for the Federal Foreign Office said: "We have examined the overall situation for British nationals traveling to and from the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands, including the impact of the self-isolation obligation on returning to the UK, and have concluded that we should advise British citizens against all non-essential trips to all of Spain. & # 39;

It was alleged last night that the chief medical officer had warned that ten Britons who had tested positive for coronavirus since July 1 had reported visiting Spain in the 14 days before their test.

It comes after one of the country's most popular holidays seemed to be struggling with the rush of guests.

Many people have come to St. Ives in Cornwall – famous for its narrow streets – and seem to have difficulty adhering to the social distance guidelines.

The parking lots in the area are full and people are packing up on the city's popular beach and surrounding cafés and restaurants.

St. Ives officials have introduced a policy to stay left to ensure that everyone can keep to the currently recommended one meter plus distance.

Guests in the city were also advised to wear a face mask and avoid pushing into smaller shops.

To further reduce congestion in St. Ives, access for most vehicles was restricted between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Malcolm Bell, managing director of Visit Cornwall, admitted that some locals were still "nervous" about the sudden onslaught of tourists.

Still, he added that, by and large, "everyone adheres to the rules of social distancing," even though some of the historic cities are "near capacity".

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I will travel to Spain next week, but I want to cancel because I do not want to quarantine: can I reclaim the cost of my travel insurance?

& # 39;I have currently booked a vacation in Spain in two weeks.

“Now the government has changed the rules and said travelers must be quarantined for 14 days after they return. I can't go because I can't afford to take the free time that I recently returned to.

& # 39; This is obviously very disappointing and I'm worried about how much money I could lose. Can I claim my travel insurance to get back the cost of my vacation if I cancel my flights? & # 39;

Grace Gausden, This is money answers: Many holidaymaker plans are being dismissed after the government changed the rules for travel to Spain this weekend.

Travelers will now try to cancel their travel plans because they do not want to be quarantined for two weeks when they return from Spain.

This will especially be the case now when many people return to work as the restrictions on coronavirus blocking decrease.

Unfortunately, this raises the question of whether customers who booked their vacation in Spain before the quarantine came into force can get their money back if they can no longer walk.

Your travel insurance may cover you for a number of problems with your vacation.

As the Foreign and Commonwealth Office guidelines currently state that vacationers should not travel to mainland Spain that are not essential, you may be entitled to a refund of your money.

This means you can get a refund from your travel insurance because policies changed from Sunday July 26th and you booked before that date.

Many airlines are also likely to cancel flights to Spain if there is an increased risk of infection, which means that you will be offered a refund.

Tui has already announced it will cancel all flights by August 9 in response to the news.

However, if you choose to cancel flights, you may not be compensated, although this is due to restrictions.

If you are traveling to another European destination such as France or Italy and want to cancel your flights because you fear that a 14-day quarantine will be imposed on those traveling there, you are unlikely to receive a refund.

This is because you choose not to travel, which is known in the insurance industry as "aversion to travel" compared to not being able to travel.

Defaqto's Brian Brown replies: If you are in Spain now, your insurance will cover you as usual. This includes cuts and medical claims. However, there will be no restriction if you just want to get home early.

However, you will not receive compensation from your travel insurer for forced quarantine when you return to the UK.

If you are currently driving to Spain by car, you may also have problems. If you enter Spain after the FCO advises you against this, you have no insurance coverage at all, including health insurance.

So if you are driving through France to Spain you should turn around and come home or find another place for your vacation.

If you have a booking to Spain but can't travel now because the FCO advised against it, contact the travel provider first.

Airlines and package providers will likely cancel the flight / vacation. You should ask for a refund or move your vacation to another destination or time.

If you can't get a refund, e.g. For example, if you booked your accommodation directly with the hotel, your travel insurance may be paid, but only if the policy covers you for a change in government advice and you booked the vacation and bought the insurance before the FCO changed its advice.

You need to check the wording of your insurance policy.

If you plan to travel somewhere else where the FCO currently says you can go but don't want to take any chances now, travel insurance won't cover you for cancellation. The aversion to travel is not an insured danger.

Sally Jaques from GoCompare Travel Insurance replies: If a vacation company is still bringing customers to mainland Spain, which is currently against FCO advice, these vacationers are between a rock and a hard place.

You cannot cancel your vacation or claim your vacation expenses in your insurance. If you travel to a destination classified as an area where it is recommended to avoid all non-essential trips, your travel insurance will be void.

If you fall ill abroad, have an accident, or have lost or stolen your luggage, your insurer is unlikely to make a claim.

The best option for holidaymakers in this situation who don't want to take the risk is to request a rebooking of their trip for a later date when the pandemic is hopefully gone or at least the situation becomes clearer. However, holiday companies are not obliged to do so.

The sudden reversal of advice regarding travel to mainland Spain and the quarantine requirements for all of Spain, including its islands, show how unpredictable overseas travel is currently.

Customers booking vacation somewhere this summer run the risk of their trips being canceled or in an almost impossible situation, of not wanting to travel, of ignoring their tour operator's FCO advice and voiding their insurance while they are away.

To be honest, everyone who chooses to go abroad this year plays.

Grace Gausden, This is money, adds: It seems that each individual case will vary depending on the level of insurance and circumstances.

First, contact your travel agent to find out what guidelines apply.

If they do not offer refunds for canceled flights, contact your travel insurer and see what you are insured for.

If your policy cannot cover you under these circumstances, your bank is another point of contact. Check if you can use the chargeback scheme to claim your money back on your flights.

If you paid by credit card, Section 75 protection covers transactions that cost between £ 100 and £ 30,000, with at least part of the purchase made with your credit card.

If you paid with a debit card, you can also use the chargeback. This is a system that gives customers the opportunity to get their money back from your bank if they bought faulty goods, a service was not performed, or the company you bought went broke and your goods did not go away delivered.

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