Jet2, Ryanair, easyJet and TUI have updated their booking and cancellation rules for summer flights.
People will be able to go on vacation “within certain limits” this summer, a leading expert said, while ministers said the green travel list will arrive soon.
However, Peter Openshaw, professor of experimental medicine at Imperial College London, said it was essential that people not let their guard down because there will likely be new outbreaks of the coronavirus.
Professor Openshaw told the Andrew Marr Show on Sunday that the UK needs to be careful and prepare.
When asked if people could start going on vacation, he said, “Yes, within limits.
“It’s so important that we don’t let our guard down completely.
“We know it’s perfectly likely that there will be more outbreaks unless we use this time to be extra careful and to prepare sensibly.”
His comments come as Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has said the list of countries where international travel will be allowed “will arrive soon.”
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He told The Andrew Marr Show: “We said we would make the changes on May 17th and lay out the details of the new system, which is a traffic light system, before that. So it’s coming soon.”
The ban on holidays abroad is expected to be lifted for people in England from May 17 as part of the upcoming easing of coronavirus restrictions.
The traffic light system will be risk based, with different rules for people returning to England depending on their destination list.
Travel agencies such as TUI, easyJet, British Airways and Jet2 are gearing up for the summer restart, although they have different plans in terms of destinations and start dates.
The Mirror took a look at their latest vacation updates.
TUI is looking to restart the holidays from May 17 at the earliest and has confirmed that it will not offer any flights or packages to redlisted destinations.
For green and amber destinations, a TUI vacation promise is in place;
- Free changes on public holidays if before departure you discover that you will need to quarantine yourself on your return to the UK
- Free changes on public holidays if you cannot travel due to new testing or vaccination requirements.
At the initial holiday restart, TUI will only be offering flights from four airports – Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol – until May 27.
The company currently offers a free change policy on all bookings until the end of August, so you can change your vacation up to 14 days before your departure.
The company also canceled all vacations to Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Bulgaria, Croatia, Tunisia, Egypt and Cape Verde, which were due to leave by June 7. Affected passengers are offered a full refund or the option to book at a later date with a ‘booking incentive’.
You can find out more at tui.co.uk.
Jet2.com and Jet2holidays have currently suspended all flights and holidays until June 23. The vacation firm said it would automatically reimburse affected customers and then make contact to book their getaway for later in the year.
As for the destinations, the company said it is awaiting confirmation of which countries will be on the green, orange and red lists, as well as the latest details regarding travel conditions for those places.
The company offers automatic refunds for canceled vacations – you can get more information at jet2holidays.com.
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easyJet has currently suspended flights and holidays until May 16 inclusive.
If you have a vacation booked this summer that is impacted by a locked 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 in progress. .
- Modification of a new flight at a later date
- Receive a flight voucher
- Request a full refund
This applies to flights and public holidays departing until September 30 inclusive.
You can find out more at easyjet.com.
The low-cost airline continued to operate some flights throughout the pandemic – mostly on domestic routes, for essential travel.
Regarding new bookings for the summer, the airline posted a statement on its website: “We know your plans may change, so we’ve waived our flight change fee for all new bookings made before. June 30, 2021, for travel before October 31, 2021. You can now make up to two flight changes before October 31, 2021. This gives you total flexibility and peace of mind.
“Our no-change charge promotion applies to bookings made after June 10, 2020. Flight changes must take place at least 7 days before the original departure dates to benefit from the promotion. Price and price differences products may apply. “
It also recently announced that it will offer half-price PCR tests to passengers who will need it for travel.
You can find out more at ryanair.com.
BA offered reduced service throughout the pandemic.
However, the airline has temporarily suspended its package holidays and plans to resume them from May 17 at the earliest, according to government travel advice.
It currently offers a “ book with confidence ” policy that gives vacationers the flexibility to change the date and destination of their reservation or even cancel it entirely.
This applies to bookings made on / after March 3, 2020, for trips that must be completed by April 30, 2022.
You can find out more at britishairways.com.