The UK government has said that foreign holidays will be on the cards for Brits this summer, although it’s yet to reveal where (and when) we can go.
What we do know is that travel could restart from May 17 at the earliest under a traffic light system, with countries put on green, amber or red lists determining quarantine and testing rules when you’re back in the UK.
The green list is the most appealing because it doesn’t require you to self-isolate when you’re home, although we won’t know which destinations feature until ‘early May’.
Travel firms such as TUI, easyJet, British Airways and Jet2 are gearing up for the summer restart, although they have varying plans in terms of destinations and start dates.
We take a look at their latest holiday updates below…
TUI is looking to restart holidays from May 17 at the earliest, and has confirmed it will not offer any flights or packages to destinations that are on the red list.
For green and amber destinations, there is a TUI Holiday Promise in place;
- Free amends on holidays if before departure you find out you’ll need to quarantine on your return to the UK
- Free amends on holidays if you’re unable to travel due to new testing or vaccination requirements.
When holidays initially restart, TUI will only offer flights from four airports – Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol – until May 27.
The company currently offers a free change policy on all bookings up to the end of August, so you can amend your holiday up to 14 days before your departure.
The firm has also cancelled all holidays to Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Bulgaria, Croatia, Tunisia, Egypt and Cape Verde due to depart before 7 June. Affected passengers are being offered a full refund, or the option to rebook for a later date with a ‘booking incentive’.
You can find out more on tui.co.uk.
Jet2.com and Jet2holidays have currently suspended all flights and holidays until June 23. The holiday firm said that it would automatically refund affected customers and then get in touch regarding booking their getaway for later in the year.
As for destinations, the firm has said it is waiting for confirmation as to which countries will be on the green, amber and red lists, as well as the final details regarding travel requirements for those places.
The company has been offering automatic refunds for cancelled holidays – you can get more information on jet2holidays.com.
easyJet has currently suspended flights and holidays up to and including May 16.
If you have a holiday booked this summer that is impacted by a lockdown travel ban or mandatory hotel quarantine (the latter only applies to red list destinations), the company will let you choose from a number of options even if your flight is still going ahead.
- Amending to a new flight at a later date
- Receiving a flight voucher
- Requesting a full refund
This applies to flights and holidays departing up to and including September 30.
You can find out more on easyjet.com.
The low-cost airline has continued to operate some flights throughout the pandemic – on mainly domestic routes, for essential travel.
Regarding new bookings for the summer, the airline has a statement on its website reading: “We know your plans may change, so we’ve dropped our flight change fees for all new bookings made before 30 June 2021, for travel before 31 October 2021. You can now make up to two flight changes for travel by 31 October 2021. This gives you complete flexibility and peace of mind.
“Our Zero Change Fee promo is applicable for bookings made after 10 June 2020. Flight changes must take place at least 7 days before the original scheduled departure dates to avail of promo. Fare and product price difference may apply.”
It also recently announced that it would be offering half price PCR tests for passengers who will require these for travelling.
You can find out more on ryanair.com.
BA has offered a reduced service throughout the pandemic.
However, the airline has temporarily paused its package holidays, and is looking to resume them from May 17 at the earliest, dependent on government guidance for travel.
It currently offers a ‘book with confidence’ policy which offers holidaymakers the options to change their booking date and destination or even cancel it completely.
This applies to bookings made on/after March 3, 2020, for journeys that are due to have been completed by 30 April 2022.
You can find out more on britishairways.com.