Tips for booking a post covid19 holiday
Book a package holiday to get better protection
The easiest and safest way to book a holiday whilst we are living with Coronavirus/Covid19 is to book a package holiday with a trusted travel agent or tour operator. You can take advantage of their knowledge of the current travel rules as well as extra protection for your holiday.
A travel agent or tour operator will be fully aware of Government advice and will not take you anywhere that is not allowed, or where you’d be required to go into quarantine for the duration of your stay.
Under the package travel regulations, if they are unable to fulfil their contract with you, i.e. Provide you with a holiday to the place you have booked, on the dates you booked they are required by law to provide you with a full refund or an alternative holiday. It would not be considered a holiday if you were required to quarantine in your hotel room for the entire duration of your stay, therefore if that situation did arise, they would need to provide you with an alternative.
Infact, TUI have just announced some additional Covid19 protection for their customers. If you travel with them between now and the end of the year, they will provide overseas covid19 testing for suspected cases and cover the costs of an extended stay and new flight home if you are asked to self-isolate whilst on holiday.
Check the latest travel advice before you travel
Whether you are travelling independently or on a package it is important to check the latest travel advice for your destination before you travel. As well as telling you whether it is safe to travel there and whether there are any quarantine requirements, it will also list any other requirements or restrictions, such as the wearing of facemasks and social distancing.
Buy travel insurance as soon as you’ve booked your holiday
All travel insurance policies from Insurewithease.com will provide emergency medical and repatriation cover if you contract covid19 whilst you are abroad. This is important, as it takes away the risk of incurring large medical bills if you need hospital treatment in a foreign country. We also provide access to a 24-hour emergency assistance team who will support you in getting the treatment you need and repatriating you back to the UK if medically necessary.
Policies bought on or after 21 August 2020 also include cancellation cover if you, or anyone insured on the policy contracts Covid-19 before you travel.
You should buy travel insurance as soon as you’ve booked your holiday so that you have cancellation cover in place to protect the money you’re paid out.
All policies provide cancellation cover for the following reasons: (policies bought before 21 August 2020 exclude anything related to COVID-19, policies purchased on or after 21 August 2020 provide cover if you, or anyone insured on the policy contract COVID-19 before you travel.)
- Illness or injury
If you, a travelling companion, close relative or business associate in your home country, or the person that you are due to stay with is ill, injured or die before the trip starts.
If you or a travel companion are made redundant before the trip starts.
- Your home becomes inhabitable
If your private dwelling becomes uninhabitable following fire, storm or flood, or your presence is required following a burglary.
- Requirements of HM Forces
If your or your travelling companion is unable to travel due to requirements of HM Forces.
- Court appearance or jury service
You are required for jury service or as a witness in a court of law
Flexible travel insurance
If, once you have bought your travel insurance your trip dates or your destination changes, we can move your single trip policy to the new holiday, with no admin charge.
If the new trip is for a longer period, to a different destination, or more than 12 months from the adjustment date, there may be an additional charge to cover this.