Many flights and holidays are being canceled following recent UK government announcements.
All home states have been brought into tighter restrictions as Covid infections increased, and these curbs could be in place for some time.
Overnight stays away from home are banned in most cases, and the government has introduced tough new policies in accordance with the latest lockdown rules. If you are already on vacation, you should return to your home as soon as possible.
The UK Government has issued the following advice: “You can only travel internationally or within the UK if you have a legal reason to leave for the first time. You should also take into account the public health advice in the country. that you visit.
“If you have to travel overseas – and it is allowed by law because it is a job – you should obey the rules of your destination, even if you are returning to a place that you have previously visited Travel advice from the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO).
“UK residents who are currently abroad are not required to return home immediately. However, you should check with your airline or tour operator about return arrangements.
“Foreigners are subject to stay-at-home regulations. You should not travel abroad unless permitted. This means you cannot go on vacation.
“If you visit the UK, you can return home. You should check to see if there are any restrictions at your destination.”
The PC Agency’s travel expert Paul Charles tweeted: “Tour operators and airlines now need to focus on taking bookings in the coming weeks, traditionally the busiest booking period of the year, so that critical revenue comes in well in advance of actual travel. But lots of flights in January / February are now canceled. “
The Abta trade organization asked the government for help to overcome the crisis. A spokesman said: “It is of course right for the government to take steps to control the spread of the virus, but this needs to be accompanied by the right measures to support tour operators who have little or no operating resources.
“For the past 10 months, many tour operators have been unable to generate income – which has put jobs and businesses at risk – and recent government action means this is unlikely to change anytime soon.
“However, unlike other sectors such as hospitality, the UK government has not provided tailor-made financial support to help tour operators through the crisis.
“Other countries, including France and Italy, have set up targeted programs to recognize the unique challenges of travel. Similar recognition and support is long overdue for Westminster, and we urge ministers to urgently address this gap.”