Several travel providers have revealed that there has been a spike in the number of holiday bookings placed for 2021. The news comes as Pfizer and Biontech announced that their Covid-19 vaccine was 90% effective when tackling Covid-19.

In addition to this, the government recently confirmed that the quarantine period for those returning to the UK would be reduced from 14 days to just five from December.

While this is great news for the travel industry, holidaymakers must be fully aware of their holiday providers booking terms and conditions, just in case their trip is unable to go ahead.

While the majority of travel insurance providers will cover you should you fall ill with Covid-19 before or during your trip, they do not provide cancellation cover for claims related to a change in government advice as a result of Covid-19.

For this reason, tourists must try and book through holiday providers that have flexible terms and conditions and allow holidaymakers to either receive a full refund, or change their trip to a later date, if their destination is impacted by a change in government advice.

Some holiday providers are offering customers the option to change their dates completely free of charge if they are no longer able to go on holiday due to fears of Covid or general travel restrictions, while others are permitting tourists to swap their destination for an alternative and still travel on their intended dates.

With all the on-going uncertainty, we would strongly recommend that British tourists take note of their holiday cancellation terms and conditions and look for a deal that has flexible options. On top of this, as always, tourists should also invest in a travel insurance policy that suits their needs.  And keep in mind there is no one size fits all when it comes to travel insurance. So, make sure you understand exactly what is and isn’t covered in the policy you purchase.

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