Whether it’s a tropical paradise, city break, or our very own North Yorkshire, you might be thinking about booking that all-important holiday now that life is returning to normal, writes Trading Standards officer James McCluskey.
Whatever destination you have in mind, Covid has shown us that even our best-laid plans can be turned upside down. Make sure you stay summer holiday savvy with our top tips to make sure the only thing you need to worry about is packing the sun cream!
- Check for flexible booking policies, which might allow you to make changes to your booking free of charge, if you need to.
- If your package holiday or a UK or European flight is cancelled because of coronavirus, you’ll automatically have the right to a refund. If your booking was for something else, like a stand-alone hotel, check the terms and conditions to see if you’re entitled to a refund.
- Take out travel insurance – and check what it includes. Many travel insurance providers now include coronavirus cover, so read the policy carefully to make sure it has the right level of cover for you.
- Even if you think your holiday might be cancelled, failing to pay the remaining balance will leave you open to cancellation fees. It’s usually better to wait and see if your provider cancels it.
New Brexit rules
- If you’re travelling to Europe (subject to Covid rules), check to see if you need to take any additional steps now that the UK has left the EU. New rules are now in place, which may require you to get a green card, driving permit or renew your passport. Check out the Government guide to travelling abroad.
Maximise your protection
- Package holidays provide more protection than if you booked each element separately thanks to the Package Travel Regulations. Find out more about package holidays.
- Pay on a credit card – this will offer you some protection if your holiday supplier goes out of business. Visa Debit card providers may also cover you, but there’s no legal requirement for them to do so.
- Look to see if your travel provider is a member of ABTA, as this may give you additional protection.
Get more information
- Find out more about your holiday rights on the Citizens Advice website.
- Keep up to date with the latest coronavirus information, including red, amber and green destinations, through the the Foreign Office.