Can you get a refund if your holiday is cancelled due to lockdown?

People in England have been told to avoid all non-essential travel in the UK and abroad as part of the government’s new lockdown restrictions.

From November 5 the country will be placed under a second lockdown that will see people told to stay at home.

Travellers hoping to secure some winter sun will be disappointed by the move as thousands change their plans.

The government has said people should stay at home and not go on holiday, even if it is a second home that you own.

Overnight stays are banned and international travel has been banned unless for work or education.

The lockdown begins on Thursday, November 5 – meaning you can technically fly to or from the UK before then.

You may be required to quarantine at both ends of the trip depending on your destination.

If you are returning after November 5 it is likely that your plans will be disrupted as airlines battle with organising new flight schedules.

You’re not obliged to return from your trip early, and you will only have to quarantine if the destination is not on the travel corridor list.

  • People in Wales banned from leaving the country for a month 'without reasonable excuse'

The biggest question for many will be whether they can get a refund.

The short answer is: It depends on how you booked your trip.

A large number of flights will be grounded during lockdown as only business trips will be allowed.

If your flight is cancelled, or you have a package holiday booked abroad and you can’t go, you are likely to be entitled to your money back.

If you booked a package with Jet2 or Tui then both operators have agreed to give refunds.

If your flights are still going ahead – British Airways, EasyJet and Ryanair have said they will operate up to 30% of their flights – you have no legal right to a refund.

Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary has already said the budget airline will not be offering customers refunds for November flights.

Under European law, passengers who were due to travel into or out of England can get a refund within a week if their flights have been cancelled.

If you are unsuccessful contacting the company you booked with you can try through your card providers, especially if you paid with a credit card.

Some airlines will offer vouchers instead of a refund to be used when things return to somewhat normal.

Source: Read Full Article