With the news surrounding Coronavirus you might be wondering what is going to happen to your holiday and if you are protected. Or you may want to take advantage of the discounted prices but ensure you are covered against any cancellations or issues. With ATOL protection your package holiday is protected so you are not at risk of losing your money or being left stranded overseas. With everything up in the air at the moment, have you checked if your holiday is ATOL protected?
For the latest Coronavirus information and advice please visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/foreign-commonwealth-office
What does being ATOL protected cover?
ATOL protection will stop you from losing any money or becoming stranded if there are any issues or the travel company you booked with collapses. Sometimes, you can even be able to continue with your original plans. You can be confident that:
If the travel company collapses while you are on holiday, ATOL protection will ensure you finish your holiday and get home safely.
If the travel company collapses before you go on your holiday, you will receive a refund for the holiday.
By law your holiday must be protected when you’ve booked a package type holiday with a travel company. This includes:
Flights, cruise and accommodation
Car hire and flights
Accommodation, flights and car hire
Accommodation and flights
How do you check if your holiday is ATOL protected?
It is always a good idea to check the company you are booking with offers ATOL protection and if you are not sure then you should contact the travel company you booked with. You can ask for an ATOL license number or request a certificate. Alternatively, you can go onto CAA – Civil Aviation Authority and do an ATOL database search. Most companies will have an ATOL protection logo on their website, brochure or shop front.
Coronavirus and travel – what it means for you
(As of March 17th 2020) The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is advising against all but essential travel to certain places. Restricted destinations can be checked here > Foreign travel advice
If you have travel insurance, it is important for you to check with your insurer to find out how Coronavirus is going to affect your holiday and policy. If the country you have planned to visit does not have a travel ban then it is highly unlikely your travel insurance will cover you if you decide not to travel for reasons of your own. However, if the travel company you have booked with has cancelled your holiday because of Coronavirus, you should be able to claim a refund and rearrange. If you are unsure on what to do and want some advice on your holiday it is best to contact your travel company directly.
Despite travel being effected some people are instead taking advantage of the discounted rates and prices for travel at this time. With ATOL protection you are able to lock in the low prices and travel later. If your package holiday is later cancelled then you will be ATOL protected but if not then you would have secured yourself a fantastic deal! For more advice on why now is the best time to bag yourself a bargain, read our latest blog here > Coronavirus Holiday Bargains | Book NOW, Travel Later
Know your rights before you travel and always have ATOL protection. We have many fantastic ATOL protected holiday deals also available with low deposit options meaning you can book with confidence and secure the best prices but be protected against anything out of your control.
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