Martin Lewis on the 9 things to do if booking a holiday after Ryanair and Tui flight update
At the moment in England and Wales, you are only allowed to stay in self-contained accommodation.
However, the announcement means that from Monday in England you will be allowed to stay in hotels and spend the night at friends and family homes.
It will also lift some of the restrictions around travelling abroad for a holiday.
But even though it is soon to be allowed, there remains a lot of uncertainty, so Money Saving Expert co-founder Martin Lewis has shared nine things everyone should know while booking to cut costs and how to protect your money.
Martin Lewis has issued the advice following an update earlier this week from airlines including Ryanair and Tui.
Here is everything you need to know before booking your holiday abroad:
There are only 12 ‘green list’ destinations, but most won’t actually let holidaying Brits in yet
The UK government has divided countries into a traffic light system, which will be reviewed every three weeks.
At the moment there are:
43 red destinations – which will require a 10-day hotel quarantine upon your return costing a whopping £1,750 per person and includes destinations like turkey and India.
168 amber destinations – which require 10 days in self-isolation at home upon your return. This includes most European countries as well as the USA.
12 green destinations – no self-isolation on return and includes places like Portugal.
But according to Martin Lewis, most of these destinations are not allowing Brits to cross their borders.
The best bets likely to be the USA, Europe and other developed countries
The traffic light system is based on four factors: vaccinations, infection rates, variant prevalence, and how reliable the scientific data is.
Because the decisions are based on these factors it is difficult to predict where will remain an option months down the line. However, Martin Lewis says it’s likely developed countries will fare better.
If you’re booking for future months, the World Health Organisation’s country vaccinations stats gives a decent, but not foolproof, view.
Travel insurance won’t cover cancellations due to future UK or foreign govt no-travel rules
Martin Lewis said that no mainstream policies that he knows of cover cancellations due to official Covid-19 travel restrictions or a need to quarantine at your destination or on return, which means in reality you can’t go.
Nor will they cover you for cancelling if rules will let you travel, but you don’t feel safe.
Though some will cover cancellations if you catch Covid pre-travel or are told by the NHS to self-isolate.
If you get insurance and your claim is unfairly rejected, you can take the provider to the free Financial Ombudsman.
Bookings with flexibility are key
Look for those that let you easily change your mind or the date, or cancel to avoid losing out if Covid rules prevent you from travelling.
Many cheap flights now offer free date changes, hotels, even cheap ones, often give free cancellation until a couple of days before, and self-catering is getting more flexible too with Air BnB offering free cancellation up to 24 hours before.
Pay via plastic for extra protection
Paying by credit card offers the strongest protection, as Section 75 refund rules mean the card provider is jointly liable for items costing £100+. So using a credit card is best practice, and also helps if the travel firm were to go bust.
Holiday abroad and you’ll need Covid PCR tests – these can add £1,000 to a family trip
Head abroad and you will need at least one full PCR test.
You do not need a test while leaving the UK, though many destinations require one upon arrival.
However, up to 3 days before your touch down back in the UK you will need to complete a PCR test, as well as two days after – and for amber and red destinations, eight days after return as well.
You can’t use the Government’s “Test and Trace” system for the tests needed in the UK if you’re holidaying, so you’ll need to use a private test firm.
Check if you have a valid EHIC or GHIC
If you plan to travel to the EU, these cards give you access to state-run hospitals or GPs at the same price as a local. So if it’s free for them, it’s free for you. Important right now.
If you have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), do check it is still valid.
Since Brexit, it’s been replaced for new applicants by the Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) and you can get one of these free.
Does your passport have at least six months left?
Since Brexit, many EU countries have joined those requiring you to have at least six months of passport validity left, and in some cases more, to be allowed in.
So check yours now, as the Passport Office has warned of possible applications backlogs.
If you’re vaccinated use the NHS app as proof
The Government says holidaymakers will be able to use the existing NHS health app to show their vaccination status when abroad. Alternatively, you can request paper validation.
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