With coronavirus cases confirmed across Europe as well as here in the UK, many people are getting anxious about how this could affect their holidays.
If you have a holiday outside of the UK coming up, or if you’re thinking of booking one, what do you need to know?
To begin with, it is worth keeping a close eye on the latest advice from the Foreign Office website, as this is where all travel and leisure companies are getting their guidance from.
The outbreak of coronavirus, now officially named COVID-19, continues to evolve and travellers may have questions regarding their travel plans and the best way to prepare and protect themselves from exposure to the new virus.
Advice for Travellers
- Check up to date travel health recommendations, and if you require further advice, speak to your GP, practice nurse, pharmacist or travel clinic.
- If you are elderly or have pre-existing health issues, you should be aware that if you are infected with COVID-19 you could be at increased risk of severe infection.
- Be aware of, and keep up to date with the latest official advice offered by the country you are departing from or travelling to during this COVID-19 outbreak.
- Check the impact this outbreak may have on your travel insurance coverage, including medical repatriation costs in case of ill health or any new restrictions on travel. The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has produced information on travel insurance implications following the outbreak.
- Contact your airline, tour operator, cruise line or other transport and accommodation providers for up-to date information on your itinerary and travel plans
- Be aware that there may be enhanced screening/monitoring at entry and exit ports. You may also be required to self-isolate for a set period, even if you do not have symptoms on your return.