The Government has added new countries to the green travel list, including popular holiday destinations in Europe and the Caribbean, but holiday makers should be aware that these countries can be removed from this list at any time, making it vital that they protect their holiday when booking and by having the right travel insurance.
From 4am on the 30 June 2021 the following countries will be on the green list:
Travellers should be aware, however, that all these countries with the exception of Malta have also been added to the green watch list, meaning that there is a risk that they can be moved back to amber.
Those looking to book a holiday to a country on the green list should also be aware that, although they will not need to quarantine or self-isolate when returning to the UK, the country they are travelling to may request visitors to quarantine or self-isolate.
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As seen earlier this month with Portugal, a country on the green list can be moved back to the amber list at any time. As such, holidaymakers should ensure that their holiday is protected in the event of this happening.
Those who book a holiday to a destination on the green travel list should be entitled to a refund if their holiday is cancelled due to Covid-19. Holidaymakers may also want to consider booking their trip as a package holiday through a trusted tour operator as it is usually easier to get a refund from cancelled package holidays than if booking flights and hotels separately. As well as this, some tour operators are including Covid-19 cover in their package deals, for example as part of its Covid-19 package TUI allows customers to change their booking to another date fee-free:
In addition to this, before heading off on their holiday, travellers should ensure that they purchase travel insurance that will provide cover for Covid-19 related issues while on holiday. Although many travel insurance companies are including Covid-19 protection within some of their policies, many will not provide protection against Government restrictions, such as travel bans.
For example, Post Office Money has stated that travel insurance taken out on holidays to permitted destinations will include*:
But even its most expensive travel insurance option will not cover:
*The amount of cover will depend on which type of insurance policy is taken out
Booking holidays on credit cards can add protection as, under Section 75, the credit card provider has to provide protection on purchases over £100 and a legal responsibility if things go wrong with these purchases. You should be aware, however, that Section 75 rights are only available where the provider has misrepresented something to the buyer or breached their contract.
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