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Derin Clark

Derin Clark

Online Reporter
Published: 10/03/2021

With the Prime Minister’s route out of lockdown on track and Cyprus announcing that it was happy to welcome UK holidays who can prove they have had two doses of the vaccine from May, many will be optimistic that they will get a holiday abroad this year.

Soon after Cyprus made its announcement, Portugal also revealed that it was keen to welcome UK holidaymakers this summer, and Spain and Greece have also suggested that they were both hoping to let tourist return when it is safe to do so. Meanwhile, after a long winter of lockdown, many UK consumers will be anxious to book a holiday abroad.

Although countries are keen to welcome UK tourists and many consumers will be keen to head abroad, summer holidays are still not guaranteed, and consumers may still lose their money if they book a holiday for 2021.

Can you book a summer holiday now?

At the moment, it is illegal to travel both in the UK and overseas for a summer holiday. If the Prime Minster’s roadmap out of lockdown remains on track, those in England should be able to go on holiday abroad after the 17 May. There is, however, no restriction on booking a holiday now with a departure date of later in the year when it is expected that lockdown rules will have eased and some travel companies are accepting bookings for holidays to Cyprus from the 17 May 2021.

Those tempted to book a holiday, however, should keep in mind that the dates for when lockdown will be eased are flexible, and may be moved if infection, death and hospital admission rates increase rapidly again. As such, those considering booking a 2021 summer holiday should ensure that they have the right travel insurance that will cover their trip should it be impacted by the pandemic.

In addition to this, it is likely that to qualify for travel, holidaymakers will have to meet certain criteria, such as proving that they have had both doses of the vaccine and/or a negative Covid-19 test result. There may also be quarantine requirements in both the country holidaymakers are travelling to or in the UK on their return home.

For those still keen to book a summer holiday now, here is a checklist of things to do before and during the holiday:

Consider using a 0% purchase credit card for paying a deposit when booking the holiday. This will provide added protection of a refund if the holiday is cancelled and will allow borrowers to repay the money during an interest-free period.

Get the right travel insurance. This will help to ensure that the holidaymaker is fully covered in the event of their trip being impacted by the pandemic, as well as providing cover in case they fall ill with Covid-19 just before or during their holiday.

Shop around for a good travel money exchange rate. When changing money from pounds to a foreign currency, holidaymakers should shop around to ensure that they get the best deal available as some will charge higher rates for exchanging money than others.

Consider using a money transfer company to transfer money when paying for services such as car hire or day trips ahead of time as they may offer better exchange rates. Those considering this should be aware that they need to ensure that the company they are paying is genuine and should only pay if they are certain the holiday will go ahead.

Apply for a travel credit card to use while on holiday. Even if the card is only for an emergency backup, a travel card with 0% foreign usage charges will usually make paying for services and goods abroad cheaper than if using debit cards or changing money into the local currency.

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