Coronavirus travel tips: will summer vacation take place? Updates on trips to France and Spain, TUI vacations, easyJet cancellations and more


EU warned people not to plan summer vacation

Friday April 17, 2020, 2:00 p.m.

Updated Friday, April 17, 2020, 2:04 p.m.

In addition, French President Emanuel Macron, speaking to the country’s unions, suggested that the external borders of the Schengen area remain closed until September. Our own government has now extended the lockout until at least May 7. With hundreds of thousands of trips canceled following the Foreign Ministry’s warning against all non-essential travel, does that mean that summer vacation should follow?

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Noel Josephides, director of industry issues at AITO – The Specialist Travel Association, says: “Those who use Jet2 and easyJet services, etc., depend on when these airlines decide to start flying again. In theory, this should be around mid-June; however, no one holds their breath.

“The new interest in holidays in high season should materialize at the last minute and take time to take off. Many factors will be part of the composition of decision-making: which countries will always be blocked, for example. There is no doubt that some countries may not wish to welcome British visitors until the situation in the United Kingdom is clearer. “

Will my vacation in France in August take place?

French President Emmanuel Macron wears a face mask while visiting the military field hospital outside the Emile Muller Hospital in Mulhouse, eastern France (Photo: Mathieu Cugnot / AFP / Getty)

Travel may still be limited in August, but at this point it is impossible to say with certainty that tourism in France will have resumed.

If the plans have not been canceled by your travel provider, it would be advisable to wait until departure time for an update or request a refund.

The EasyJet fleet has been immobilized until further notice. Customers whose reservations are canceled have the possibility of requesting a refund (by telephone), of booking for any other flight until February 2021 or of accepting a voucher for the value of their reservation, valid until winter 2021.

The airline did not say when the flights would resume and put the staff on leave until June; flights have so far been canceled until mid-May, but cancellations are likely to be in progress. Therefore, wait until your flight is canceled to ensure you receive the refund to which you are entitled.

A spokesman for the Spanish Tourist Board said: “We still do not know how the pandemic will develop, so it is impossible to forecast the summer season. This will not only depend on the situation in Spain, but also on the situation in our source markets. The opening of borders will depend on the development of the health crisis. Safety is our first priority. “

TUI canceled their vacation until mid-May (Photo: Getty)

If I decide to postpone my TUI summer vacation, can I postpone it to next summer without paying more?

However, if you have to leave before June 30 and book before March 17, you can change the date to another holiday. You will be asked to pay the difference if it is more expensive or the difference will be refunded if it is cheaper. The same will apply if your stay is canceled, although you are also entitled to a refund.

I paid a deposit for the summer vacation and was asked to pay the balance. Do I have to pay?

If you can and it’s a financially protected plan, yes. An Atol holiday means that any money you paid is safe, and by paying the balance on time, you will not be violating the agreement you made when you signed up for the holiday – most operators ask money 10-12 weeks before departure. If the trip is canceled, you are entitled to all your money, but if you do not pay the balance, you may lose your deposit.

Is the UK a safe bet for a summer vacation?

It depends on how long the government continues to advise against all non-essential travel to the UK. Haven, Center Parcs and Butlins closed their parks until May 14 and Forest Holidays until April 27 and a spokesperson for Visit England said they would not encourage or encourage travel within the foreseeable time.

However, domestic tourism is expected to rebound before international travel, if new Covid-19 cases are brought under control. If you are considering a self-catering vacation, it would be advisable to book with a company that offers flexible booking change options.


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