Travelling abroad has been plunged into chaos as the coronavirus crisis has gripped the world – seeing borders shut and planes grounded.
Guidance from the Foreign Office means non-essential travel abroad is advised against, and there is seemingly no prospect of this changing soon.
Travel expert Simon Calder said the government could keep the restrictions all summer.
Thousands of summer holidays have been cancelled – but winter ones could still go ahead (Image: Getty Images/iStockphoto)
On ITV’s This Morning said: “I’ve just been in touch with the Foreign Office and asked ‘are you going to say anything different ever?’ and they said ‘our consular advice is under constant review.’
“So, no change there and it sounded actually as though they are actively discussing in government ‘should we keep it there all summer?’
This has left Brits set to go abroad this summer facing a sad slog of securing a refund or attempting to move their scheduled dates.
But those set to travel abroad over the Christmas period could be still be crossing their fingers – as a lot could change in a few months.
It’s definitely not been ruled out yet and we’ve pulled together the latest information from TUI on whether they’ll be going ahead.
TUI Christmas holidays
Here is the latest advice from holiday firm TUI (Image: Adam Gerrard / Daily Mirror)
Currently the travel firm is planning for all holidays after June 12 to go ahead.
This means that your Christmas trip is still set to go ahead – although obviously, this could change.
The tour operator says the situation will be “continuously reviewed.”
A TUI spokeswoman said: “We understand that these are incredibly uncertain times and we’re continually reviewing and updating our policies in line with government guidelines.
“Our holidays departing after 12 June 2020 are currently due to operate as planned.
“It’s also reassuring for customers to know that all of our package holidays are ATOL protected, so travellers can book their future holidays with confidence.
“If the holiday needs to be cancelled down the track, they will be offered the option to either receive a refund credit with a bonus incentive or a cash refund.
“We know our customers will want to travel again and we are excited and ready to take them on their holidays as soon as we are able to.”