Hotel quarantine rules – updates from Jet2, Ryanair, easyJet and TUI – Gloucestershire Live

As the government plans an exit to lockdown, a summer getaway still seems a long way off with further rules introduced for travelers amid concerns over new strains of coronavirus.

It’s now a year since international travel started to be disrupted by the pandemic and there’s still no clarity on when airports will begin operating as usual again.

During the UK’s third national lockdown holidays are banned, and only essential international travel is allowed.

It’s not clear when these restrictions could be lifted, but those arriving into the UK currently face stricter rules.

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Everyone arriving into England from 33 ‘high risk’ countries are required to pay £1,750 to quarantine in a hotel for 10 days, while all arrivals into Scotland are required to stay in a hotel during their self-isolation.

Those arriving into England from other countries are required to self-isolate for ten days and complete tests in a bid to stop the country having to battle more strains of the virus.

Airlines have responded to the new restrictions, although many are still flying as planned – albeit on a much reduced schedule than expected during the February half-term.

Here’s the latest advice from the major airlines in the UK:

Jet2

A Jet2 flight
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Jet2 cancelled more flights this week in response to tougher restrictions.

The airline are now hoping that holidays will return by April 14 – pushed back from the end of March.

In a statement posted on Twitter, Jet2 said: “Due to the ongoing uncertainty and travel restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we have taken the decision to extend the suspension of flights and holidays up to and including 14 April 2021.

“Where customers yet to travel are affected by any programme changes, our industry-leading and prompt refunding of over £1bn has been widely praised, and we will continue to automatically cancel affected bookings with a full refund.”

There is some optimistic news, the airline also added hundreds of new seats to flights for later in the summer, including to Zante, Crete, Rhodes and Kefalonia.

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TUI

TUI have been trying to offer quarantine-free holidays throughout the pandemic, meaning that they have had to cancel or postpone trips to a number of destinations.

Those affected can change their booking to a different holiday, receiving a voucher, or receive a full refund.

All their holidays due to depart on or before March 7 2021 have been cancelled.

There has also been a number of holidays cancelled up to the end of April.

The follow holidays, including flight-only and accommodation-only bookings to the below destinations due to depart on or before April 30 2021:

  • Goa, India La Palma, Canary Islands
  • Phuket, Thailand
  • The Gambia
  • Florida
  • Iceland
  • The Seychelles

TUI will not run holidays until at least November first to smaller number of destinations, with trips to the following places cancelled up to October 31 2021:

  • Los Cabos, Mexico
  • Kvarner Bay, Croatia
  • Alghero, Sardinia
  • Montenegro

Ryanair

A Ryanair plane
(Image: Nick Potts/PA Wire)

Ryanair is continuing to fly a reduced schedule during the lockdown, and has not cancelled any flights since rules were tightened.

The airline has reminded travellers that they need to complete a Passenger Locator Form before arrival in the UK, and they should check with local authorities.

In a press release, the airline said, there will be “few if any, flights being operated to or from Ireland or the UK from the UK from the end of January until such a time as these draconian travel restrictions are removed”.

Those with flights cancelled by the airline will be entitled to a full refund, while those wanting to change their plans will be able to reschedule without a change fee.

easyJet

In the latest advice on their website, the airline said: “We are planning to operate as many flights as possible over the coming days.

Due to a number of governments imposing travel entry bans on flights arriving from certain countries, or imposing travel restrictions on passengers who are non-residents or non-citizens of the respective countries, we appreciate the uncertainty this may be causing you and understand that you may wish to change your travel plans.”

They are offering three options for those with travel plans booked.

These include a free switch to another easyJet flight, a voucher valid for 12 months, or to request a refund.

Those with holidays cancelled by the airline will be contacted directly and informed of your options.

easyJet is also planning on resuming services ahead of the summer period.