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Can I cancel my holiday and will my travel insurance cover me?

View of Punta Ballena street in Magaluf, Baleares, Spain: EPA
View of Punta Ballena street in Magaluf, Baleares, Spain: EPA

All travellers from Spain to the UK must self-isolate at home for two weeks, the Department for Transport (DfT) has announced.

In addition, the Foreign Office says Spain poses “an unacceptably high risk for British travellers,” and now advises against all non-essential travel to the whole country, including the Balearic and Canary Islands.

Travel insurance for British holidaymakers already in Spain will remain in effect; UK travellers in Spain are not being advised to leave.

But anyone travelling to the mainland against Foreign Office advice will find their policy is invalid.

The sudden moves, in response to several spikes of coronavirus infection in Aragon, Navarra and Catalonia, will affect several hundred thousand British people currently on holiday there.

A further two million people are estimated to be booked to travel from the UK to Spain in the next month alone;

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‘I took out warzone insurance to go on holiday to Spain’

costa del sol - franz marc/getty images
costa del sol – franz marc/getty images

When I booked flights to Spain in late June, just as the British Government was on the cusp of lifting travel restrictions, the future looked bright; fresh sea air and the sun warm on my back. 

And still now, despite this week’s spanner in the works courtesy of Boris Johnson et al, adding both a travel ban and two weeks of quarantine to the mix, I refuse to allow my spirits to be dampened.

I’m still planning on spending two weeks at my family’s property on the Costa Del Sol – the Government’s response to a possible second wave has not put me off one bit.

Admittedly it adds a layer of complexity to the trip, but in a year when coronavirus has forced us all to adapt to a new normal at home the prospect of having to adopt a new normal

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Can I cancel my holiday to Spain and will my travel insurance cover me?

View of Punta Ballena street in Magaluf, Baleares, Spain: EPA
View of Punta Ballena street in Magaluf, Baleares, Spain: EPA

All travellers from Spain to the UK must self-isolate at home for two weeks, the Department for Transport (DfT) has announced.

In addition, the Foreign Office says Spain poses “an unacceptably high risk for British travellers,” and now advises against all non-essential travel to the whole country, including the Balearic and Canary Islands.

Travel insurance for British holidaymakers already in Spain will remain in effect; UK travellers in Spain are not being advised to leave.

But anyone travelling to the mainland against Foreign Office advice will find their policy is invalid.

The sudden moves, in response to several spikes of coronavirus infection in Aragon, Navarra and Catalonia, will affect several hundred thousand British people currently on holiday there.

A further two million people are estimated to be booked to travel from the UK to Spain in the next month alone;

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What happens if my Spain holiday is cancelled?

Sunbathers wear face masks on a beach in Galicia - Getty
Sunbathers wear face masks on a beach in Galicia – Getty

It’s a nervous time for holidaymakers headed for Spain, with localised lockdowns in Catalonia and Aragon and nearly 1,000 new cases reported in the country yesterday, including a rise in infections in Malaga. France is considering closing its border with Spain and there have been rumours of further restrictions and a possible reintroduction of quarantine measures for British travellers returning from the country. 

The good news is that the FCO has just announced (on Friday) that – for the time being at least – there will be no change to its advice and people who have trips booked can continue to travel. 

The situation remains under review however, and Tui – the biggest tour operator – has already said that it will suspend its programme to Spain if quarantine rules are re-imposed. It is likely that it would be

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‘Instead of the holiday buffet, it’s egg and toast at home’

My Money is a series looking at how people spend their money – and the sometimes tough decisions they have to make. Here Priya Aiyer from Canterbury in Kent takes us through a week in her life during the coronavirus pandemic.

Priya is 29 and works full-time as an architect for a global construction company. When she’s not designing buildings, her interests include drawing cartoon illustrations and enjoying a good exercise session to train towards becoming a fitness instructor. She is also active in campaigning for racial equality and diversity.

She lives with her fiancé Ben and his mother. She and Ben would have been on holiday in Madeira this week, but it was cancelled due to the pandemic.

Over to Priya…

I would have preferred to spend this week on holiday with Ben. Alas, Madeira was cancelled so have decided to have the week off anyway to refresh. We

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How can I get a refund on my cancelled holiday, flight or cruise?

A man walks past a signboard displaying cancelled flights at an arrivals floor of the international terminal at Haneda airport in Tokyo: AFP via Getty Images
A man walks past a signboard displaying cancelled flights at an arrivals floor of the international terminal at Haneda airport in Tokyo: AFP via Getty Images

During three months of lockdown, tens of thousands of travellers will have had their holidays cancelled. Many will have found claiming a refund an uphill struggle. So what are your rights when it comes to Covid cancellations? Here’s everything you need to know.

My package holiday has been cancelled. What are my rights?

Under the Package Travel Regulations, if you book a holiday including transport and accommodation that is cancelled by the operator, you are entitled to a full cash refund within two weeks.

But the company says it can’t meet that deadline…

Many holiday firms are in an impossible position, unable to meet the legal deadline because they simply don’t have the money.

Britain’s travel industry is facing its greatest crisis in modern

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Can I go on holiday this summer and will I have to quarantine?

EPA
EPA

For many, it felt like summer was cancelled as soon as Matt Hancock said as much on ITV’s This Morning back in early May.

“I think that’s likely to be the case,” the health secretary answered when asked if sunny season would be off the agenda for the first time since the Second World War.

But there are now glimmers of hope that something could be salvaged as Britain’s lockdown restrictions continue to ease. Here are your questions answered…

Will I be able to go on holiday this summer?

This is contingent on several factors: the current Foreign Office blanket ban on all international travel being lifted; the host country being willing to accept tourists from the UK; no quarantine being imposed upon arrival or return to the UK; the ability to get to the airport; and the ability to fly or otherwise travel to your chosen destination.

While

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