From Tui to BA, we ask six package firms if your holiday is quarantine proof


BOXING Day is usually the busiest period for summer holiday bookings.

But after thousands struggled to get refunds for cancelled trips this year, and now with more travel bans, many did not book yesterday – preferring to take a wait-and-see approach.

We check if your summer break really is Covid-proof as we ask  package firms exactly what they offer

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We check if your summer break really is Covid-proof as we ask package firms exactly what they offerCredit: Getty Images – Getty

We surveyed six top travel firms to find out how well they will Covid-proof your next break. All promise Atol protection, 24-hour helplines and full refunds if your getaway is cancelled.

However, not all  firms guarantee you a quarantine-free holiday or your money back. So we have listed those that will, those that will not and those that almost will.

Virgin Holidays

YES: WITH A FULL REFUND

Covid insurance included? Yes. With no excess to pay – best deal.

Deposit: From £175pp.

Payments: Eight weeks before travel.

Testing discount: None.

Virgin Holidays is not operating to any destination where there are quarantine restrictions, overseas or in the UK. If the destination involves this, the holiday will be cancelled and you can get a full refund, new date for your holiday or credit note.

Or for guaranteed winter sun, book Virgin’s new Escape Pass holiday. Just tell Virgin the type of holiday you want, when, and how long for. It will plan a fabulous trip somewhere sunny, with a no-quarantine guarantee, then tell you the destination two weeks beforehand.

Thomas Cook

YES: FULL REFUND BUT ONLY IF YOU PAY AN EXTRA £50

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Thomas Cook offers Fixed and Flex bookings on hotels and flights up to a month before departure

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Thomas Cook offers Fixed and Flex bookings on hotels and flights up to a month before departureCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Covid insurance included: No.

Deposit: From £39pp.

Final payment: Flight costs within the first month. Remainder of holiday price one month before departure.

Testing discount: Tests from £85 with Randox.

Thomas Cook offers Fixed and Flex bookings on hotels and flights. Fixed are cheaper but cannot be changed or cancelled. Flex allows changes up to a month before departure.

For full protection against quarantine, at either your destination or at home, pay from £50pp to quarantine-proof your holiday. This will give you a refund on the flight, hotel and transfer if UK Government rules demand you quarantine upon your return.

Tui

YES: BUT MAY BE OFFERED NEW HOLIDAY & NOT CASH

Covid insurance included: No.

Deposit: Short-haul from £75pp.

Payments: £125 (for a total of £200) due 12 weeks after booking. Final payment due 12 weeks before departure.

Testing discount: Tests from £70pp with Screen4. Discounts with other providers also available – cheapest deal.

If your destination requires quarantine on arrival, TUI will cancel the holiday and issue a full refund, new booking or credit note.

If there is no travel corridor and quarantine is required on return but the destination is not on the Foreign Office travel list, your holiday will go ahead but you will have the option to amend for a later date to any holiday on sale.

Jet2 Holidays

YES: AMEND WITH NO ADMIN FEE BUT NO CASH REFUNDS

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You can amend your Jet2 Holidays break but will not get a cash refund

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You can amend your Jet2 Holidays break but will not get a cash refundCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Covid insurance included: No.

Deposit: From £60pp.

Final payment: Nothing to pay until ten weeks before departure.

Testing discount: Tests from £75pp.

Jet2 Holidays does not fly anywhere that involves quarantine on arrival.

For holidaymakers who have to quarantine upon their return, such as with the Canary Islands, there is the option to amend the holiday with no admin fee but no cash refund.

EasyJet Holidays

YES: BUT MAY BE OFFERED NEW HOLIDAY & NOT CASH

Covid insurance included: No.

Deposit: From £60pp.

Payments: Four weeks before departure.

Testing discount: Tests from £72 with Randox. Other providers also available.

If at the point of departure there is a known requirement for routine quarantine or self-isolation on arrival at a holiday destination, easyJet Holidays will cancel the trip and offer you a refund, credit note or date change.

For holidaymakers who have to quarantine on return, such as with the Canary Islands, there is the option to cancel and get credit but no cash refund.

BA Holidays

YES: FULL REFUND IF RULES ALTER ABROAD, VOUCHER/NEW DATE

With BA, you don't have to worry about paying until three weeks before departure

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With BA, you don’t have to worry about paying until three weeks before departureCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Covid insurance included: No.

Deposit: From £75pp.

Final payment: Nothing to pay until three weeks before departure – best deal.

Testing discount: Tests from £70pp with Halo. Other discounted providers available — lowest price.

Customers with new bookings for travel up to August 31 can change for free, cancel or receive a voucher, up to three weeks before travel.

If a foreign government introduces quarantine rules in the three weeks before departure, a refund or a voucher for future travel can be applied for.

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