BRITS is urged not to travel abroad “indefinitely” by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs because cases of coronavirus have affected one million people worldwide.
The update was released following a 30-day notice, which was in effect until April 15.
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An article on social media explained: “The Foreign Office advises against all non-essential world travel indefinitely”.
There is currently no indication that this will affect the holidays reserved for 2021.
The latest update comes as thousands of British travelers are rescued overseas, many of whom have been stranded for weeks.
Ten airlines – including British Airways, TUI, Ryanair and easyJet – have signed up for government charter flights to help bring Brits home.
Despite the travel ban, many are still stranded in countries like Bolivia, Ecuador, the Philippines and India.
The updated advice to ban indefinite travel has raised concerns from travel experts due to uncertainty about when travel may resume.
Roly Boland, publisher of Which? Travel has warned that new FCO advice could cause problems for Britons trying to get refunds if there is no specific end date for the travel ban.
He told iNews: “The travel warning should be extended until a final date, which can be revised if necessary, so that travelers have clarity about refunds, booking changes or claims. insurance. “
Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the Association for British Travel Agents (ABTA) told the website: “Although the tips have now changed indefinitely, they are now essentially the same as all travel tips “Anything but essential” and it could be deleted at any time.
“As such, there is no change in the advice to members and clients in this regard. Travel agencies can always review imminent departures and decide how far in advance they will start offering alternative arrangements / refunds or equivalent options. “
Despite this, airlines still sell flights in April and May, many to European countries still being closed.
British Airways offers 32 tickets to Italy in May, while TUI offers vacation packages to Spain on April 21 for £ 330 per person.
Flights and vacation packages were still on sale due to the original boards only in place until mid-April, which means more confusion is likely after the “indefinite” update.
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Many families are already struggling to get refunds for their booked vacations, with a number of operators offering only credit notes.
Others were forced to call a phone number for a refund after the option was removed from the website, only to deal with long queues or to be unable to communicate with anyone.
Airlines are now begging the British government to allow them to keep passenger money for canceled flights and to offer vouchers instead to keep money in the travel industry.
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