As the war on coronavirus rages on countries around the globe are locking down borders and implementing stringent travel restrictions – many of which have British nationals at the forefront. With confirmed cases and deaths continuing to rise throughout the UK, the country has become one of the worst affected in the world.
It is thought that the countries whose borders remain open either have an extremely low number of COVID-19 cases or they rely too heavily on international tourism to ban outside nations from visiting.
How long will Britons be banned from other countries?
The future of international travel remains largely unknown given the unprecedented nature of the current pandemic.
Though the initial travel warning by the FCO was in place for 30 days, which would have lifted the ban on April 17, it is now in place “indefinitely”.
Furthermore, Britons currently abroad are being urged to come back home.
Should I cancel future holidays now?
Many Britons may be feeling anxious about the future of any travel plans they may have, however experts have urged holidaymakers not to amend any bookings or intended holidays in the coming months.
According to consumer rights advocate Which? cancelling flights, holidays or hotels before the operator cancels the booking could result in financial losses.
“You may be able to amend the date of your journey for free if you paid for a flexi-ticket. Some airlines are also offering vouchers for flights that are yet to be cancelled.”
The consumer rights organisation says: “If you cancel your booking now, you’ll almost certainly have to pay cancellation fees.
“And you won’t be able to claim this back on your travel insurance, because insurers don’t typically allow you to claim for cancellation because of a ‘disinclination to travel’.
“In other words, you’ll be paying to cancel a holiday that might end up being cancelled by the holiday provider, in which case you’re entitled to a full refund.”
According to Which? the best thing to do is leave any holiday plans in place and wait to see if the FCO advice changes in the coming months. It is possible your holiday may be eligible to be moved to a later date, deeding on the travel provider booked.
Similarly, many airlines are also offering options for those who are hesitant to travel this summer.
According to Which?: “You may be able to amend the date of your journey for free if you paid for a flexi-ticket. Some airlines are also offering vouchers for flights that are yet to be cancelled.”
Published at Wed, 08 Apr 2020 06:32:00 +0000