Many regions across the UK are poised to increase Covid-19 restrictions in the coming weeks as the number of infections continues to rise – and in some areas, holidays could even be illegal for residents.
Cities in the north of England are expected to move into Stage 3 government rules, while all of Wales is under a forced national lockdown.
Much of Scotland is also covered by the anti-coronavirus curbs of their own decentralized government.
Despite the strict domestic travel guidelines set out in the UK Government’s Tier 3, it is not illegal to fly overseas.
Government rules advise people in England not to travel to or from a very high alert area. However, it is acceptable as part of a long trip or when going to an airport, port, or international rail terminal to travel on.
No one should travel abroad if they are experiencing coronavirus symptoms, self-isolating, sharing a household or support bubble, or have been asked to self-isolate.
When people travel abroad, they are only allowed to do so with members of their household or the support bubble.
Travel is still permitted for people who live according to Tier 3 guidelines. If a vacationer wishes to cancel their trip, a tour operator or airline is entitled to charge the usual fees. However, passengers from some destinations have to go into a 14-day quarantine on their return, with the Foreign Office deviating from all trips except the essential.
In England and Scotland, vacationers are unlikely to be eligible for a refund as restrictions do not prohibit international travel.
Customers still have to pay the difference if their rebooked break is more expensive.
The national lockdown in Wales is due to be reviewed on November 9th. The principality allows essential people only to travel and Wales residents are not allowed to go on vacation, while visitors to the country are also prohibited.
Travel abroad is only permitted to those with a reasonable excuse, and a vacation would not fall into this category.
Going on vacation would be illegal. However, if the booked trip has not yet been completed, the tour operator or airline is not legally obliged to reimburse the costs.
The Competition and Markets Authority has issued some guidance that stressed that tour operators are expected to reimburse customers who have to cancel or are unable to travel due to restricted laws.
Most customers will be forced to rebook their vacation for a later date, although they should be able to do so without paying a penalty fee.
Some insurance policies cover necessary changes due to coronavirus blocking rules.
An Association of British Insurers spokesman said travel insurance could cover non-refundable cancellation charges in certain circumstances.
But it added, “It is important to note that many policies that were taken out, renewed or booked after the pandemic was declared are likely to exclude cancellation due to coronavirus as it was a known risk when the policy was taken out or the trip has been completed and booked. “
Refunds should be requested from the airline, accommodation provider or tour operator. When booking with a credit card, the costs can possibly also be reimbursed by Section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act.