TUI cancels all holidays from England in wake of third national lockdown

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Holiday firm TUI has said it is cancelling all trips from England up until mid-February after a third national lockdown was announced.

The travel operator cancelled all flights due to depart from England before mid-February on Tuesday as well as holidays from Scotland and Wales until 31 January.

On its website TUI said it did so in line with Government travel restrictions and reassured customers that it will "constantly review holiday cancellations" as the pandemic progresses.

Customers who are due to travel have been told the firm will contact them prior to their departure date to "discuss their options."

It reminded holidaymakers trips under ATOL protection will either be refunded with a credit note or cancelled and a full refund received.

TUI said: "As a result of the latest national lockdown measures announced on 4 January 2021 we’re cancelling all holidays in line with international travel restrictions.

"Customers due to travel from an English airport before mid-February will be contacted in departure date order to discuss their options, which will include amending to another holiday with an incentive, receiving an ATOL-protected refund credit note with incentive, or cancelling and receiving a full refund. All holidays from Scotland and Wales have been cancelled until 31 January. We will constantly review holiday cancellations in line with updated travel advice.

"Customers currently overseas can continue to enjoy their holidays as planned and we will update them directly if there are any changes to their holidays."

TUI’s announcement won’t come as a surprise to Brits who heard Boris Johnson’s lockdown message on January 4.

Mr Johnson confirmed on Monday England would enter its third national lockdown since the coronavirus pandemic began as cases continued to rise across the country.

He told Brits to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives shortly after it was reported a further 407 people died in a 24 hour period.

  • Boris Johnson announcement this evening on first day of third national lockdown

Under England’s new lockdown rules, international and regional travel is banned except in specific circumstances.

Circumstances include for work, health or to help a vulnerable person.

Michael Gove told Good Morning Britain on Tuesday the Government will be making “announcements” on how it plans to make airports safe.

He said: "We will be making announcements later today and in the days ahead about how we will make sure that our ports and airports are safe.

"It is already the case that there are significant restrictions on people coming into this country and of course we're stressing that nobody should be travelling abroad.

"But I don't want to pre-empt the specific advice that is going to be given."

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