Travelling to France, Malta or the Netherlands?

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There will be many people who will have booked a trip to France or the Netherlands, even a day trip or a weekend away.

Amsterdam is (was?) an attractive option for a weekend-break

What now?

The raw fact that is inescapable is that you will face quarantine upon your return to the UK. That means no shopping, no going outside your property except for medical needs and no seeing anyone other than those that were in the same party with which you went to France, Malta or the Netherlands and who live in the same house.

For many people this is a game changer because they have jobs to go back to and in a smidgeon over two weeks, the schools return in England and Wales. They just can’t afford to be housebound for a fortnight.

Secondly, if you do decide to go, your travel insurance will probably be invalid but your EHIC card will allow basis coverage.

Thirdly, no-one yet knows if the French, Maltese or Dutch governments will introduce measures. You might have to quarantine there for fourteen days.

If you have already booked can you cancel and get a refund?

This depends on your situation. If you booked a package then you should be protected under the ATOL bonding scheme.  If instead of a refund your supplier offers a credit voucher then this is now as acceptable as cash and, further down the line, you will get a refund even if the supplier goes bust.

If you booked a flight and separate accommodation you need to talk to whoever it was with whom you booked.

If you are using ferries then you can amend the sailing dates but it will cost you. Cancelling probably means no refund.

If a flight still goes ahead the airline is under no obligation to refund your money but most are flexible and will allow you to re-schedule your trip. Some will not, so unless you can claim on your existing travel insurance then you will be out-of-pocket.

The same advice applies to accommodation. If you booked it directly you aren’t automatically entitled to a refund.

The key thing is to talk to whoever is supplying what you bought. Talk about moving the booking forward and you might be lucky. The bigger groups and airlines may be willing, the smaller providers will be cash poor wand may not be so helpful.

For all readers, remember that his situation could affect you in the future if you have bookings in countries on the green list but which might attract “don’t fly” advice so be forearmed and thoroughly check your travel insurance.

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