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Updated February 17, 2021

Under the current Covid-19 restrictions, both international and domestic holidays are banned; only travel for limited reasons, such as work, is allowed. If you have a package holiday or hire car booked during this time, your booking should be cancelled and you should be entitled to a refund – get in touch with your provider if they are yet to reach out.

If you’re looking to book a holiday for later in the year, it’s important to understand some key changes that have been made to the way we travel as a result of Covid-19.

First off, we’re temporarily restricting the departure dates for package holidays on our site to remain in line with government restrictions. You will only be able to book from April 30 onwards. Before you book, it’s also important to understand entry and return requirements for your destination and home country, as well as the depth of cover travel insurance can provide.

Please note, this information is correct at the time of publish but is subject to change. Always check the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office’s travel advice if you are unsure of the rules, or get in touch with us on Twitter or Facebook if you have a question that we have not answered below.

It’s important understand any entry requirements of the country you are visiting before you book and to stay up to date with the rules all the way up until you depart for your holiday as they can change at short notice.

What should you do if you have symptoms of Covid-19 and you’re due to travel? 
If you or someone you live with are showing symptoms of Covid-19, you won’t be able to travel. Follow NHS guidelines to keep yourself, your family and others safe.

What do you need to enter other countries? 
It’s likely that, at the very least, you will need to fill in a form prior to your departure to another country. These forms will generally ask for your contact information and if you have knowingly come into contact with the virus.

You may also need to provide a negative Covid-19 test result to enter the country you’re visiting. The rules around testing requirements can vary by country. Many require you to have a PCR test result (not antigen or antibody) and, generally, this needs to be taken up to 72 hours before you depart. We recommend checking the entry requirements for your destination on the FDCO website before you book and again closer to your trip.

You will probably be required to wear a mask while at the airport and during your flight, unless you are eating or drinking.

Where can you get a PCR test? 
There are hundreds of private clinics that provide PCR tests in the UK. A test generally costs between £120 and £150 but if you need your results quickly, some providers have faster, pricier services. If you’ve booked a package holiday, your holiday operator may be able to assist with securing you a test.

Remember, you cannot use the free NHS Test and Trace service for travel.

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*ATOL (Air Travel Organiser's Licence) is a financial protection scheme for package holidays: It provides support to consumers in the event their holiday provider collapses. Booking with an ATOL holder ensures that you won't be left out of pocket and you won't be left stranded abroad. All package holidays compared using TravelSupermarket are protected by ATOL.

ABTA (Association of British Travel Agents) offers similar cover for packages booked with its members. However, while ATOL predominantly covers flight-based packages, ABTA covers non-flight based holidays (such as rail and cruise) and linked travel arrangements. If you are unsure whether or not your trip is covered by ABTA, check with your provider.

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Staying safe abroad

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) provides valuable up-to-date travel advice for British citizens abroad. It is the best resource for reliable safety and security information. You can also find other important details, such as local laws, passport information and visa requirements. Stay safe abroad – check the FCDO before you travel.

For the latest FCDO advice, follow @FCDOtravelGovUK and Facebook.com/FCDOTravel.