Hundreds of thousands of holidaymakers due to travel in June face having their holiday cancelled as the 14-day quarantine deadline for arrivals looms.
Tui, Britains largest travel company had already cancelled trips up to June 11. Now, cancellations have been extended to July 1st with no guarantees that there won’t be further cancellations “due to the ongoing travel restrictions”.
Almost all travel had been paused since March 17 amid the Coronavirus pandemic following the Foreign Office advice against all non-essential travel abroad. As yet there is no indication when this could change. Major tour operators will not run trips until this advice changes.
Last week government announced 14-day quarantine to be imposed on international arrivals into the UK airports, ferry and international rail terminals.
The new rules apply to all holidaymakers including Brits returning from their holiday. This will be reviewed every three weeks.
Tui has also cancelled “Lakes and Mountains” trips before the end of September and their Marella cruise line has cancelled all sailings on or before 30 July 2020, with some ships delayed further.
Holidaymakers whose holiday has been cancelled are entitled to a full refund within 14 days, according to the Package Travel Regulations. However, Tui has struggled to meet this timescale and some have had to wait a few weeks for their refund.
Tui are offering an incentive of a 20 per cent bonus for those who are prepared to postpone their trip if the holiday is a package holiday.
Anyone wanting a refund should wait for a refund credit code before they request the cash via an online form on the TUI website.
Some travel companies concerned about the long term effect on travel, are urging the Home Secretary Priti Patel to scrap the quarantine.
Jet2 holidays have also suspended all their trips until June 30.