The lockdown of the new Coronavirus is causing further disruption for travelers, airlines and holiday companies.
Here we look at six key questions about the impact on travel.
– Will I be able to go on vacation?
The National People lockdown in England bans day trips and holidays, as these are not among the specific reasons for leaving home such as going to school or going to the supermarket.
What if I was really outside?
Passengers are not required to return from their trips early.
Airlines are responsible under consumer law for repatriation of travelers, but flight schedules will be reduced in response to lower demand, which means many people will have to change their travel times.
– I thought we could go to the Canary Islands?
Less than two weeks have passed since the government removed the quarantine requirement for people returning from the Spanish islands.
This led airlines to set up additional flights to handle the increase in bookings.
Will the travel lanes continue?
The prime minister did not mention travel lanes in his press conference on Saturday evening, which means that arrivals from some areas are likely to continue to be exempt from quarantine.
But the lockdown means the number of travelers will drop anyway.
– Will I get a refund if I book a vacation that I can no longer go to?
If your journey is continuing and nothing has changed in your destination, you are not entitled to an automatic refund.
But many planes will likely be grounded from Thursday due to the new restrictions, which means people with existing reservations will be entitled to a refund.
If I am entitled to a refund, how quickly will I receive my money?
Consumers in the UK are protected by European laws which stipulate that full cash refunds must be made within seven days for canceled flights and 14 days for holidays that do not take place.
But since the outbreak of the Coronavirus, many people have had difficulty getting payments from airlines and holiday companies.
This situation is likely to continue in the coming weeks.
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