PUBLISHED: 16:34, Tue, Sep 22, 2020 | UPDATED: 16:34, Tue, Sep 22, 2020
Lockdown halted holidays all together at the beginning of the pandemic, before the introduction of ever-changing travel corridors. Britons hoping to book are told they are doing so with a risk, but now as Brexit ticks even closer, even more regulations are on the horizon.
Holidaymakers looking to jet off to EU destinations will now face new rules on passports, healthcare and potentially even visas as of January 1 2021.
Couple this with the Prime Minister’s warning that new lockdown regulations could be in place for as long as six months, it seems holidaymakers will have to battle an array of guidelines which could result in holiday cancellations if a solution to the pandemic is not reached.
With this in mind, travel experts have warned Britons of a vital key to protecting their holiday plans and ultimately their finances.
"If you’ve ever previously questioned the importance of travel insurance, the current pandemic should be enough to put the debate to bed,” Danny Butler, insurance expert at finder.com, told Express.co.uk.
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Brexit changes and "six months" of lockdown restrictions threaten future holidays (Image: Getty Images)
The coronavirus pandemic has hit the travel industry hard (Image: Getty Images)
“With government travel advice and restrictions changing all of the time, appropriate travel insurance is fundamental in protecting you and your family’s health and finances.
"As a first port of call, ensure that your airline and accommodation have a flexible cancellation and an adequate refund policy. If you’ve booked a package holiday, you should also check that your travel company is ATOL protected or similar in the unfortunate event that they have close their doors.
"Since guidance on travel is rapidly changing, the best thing to do is contact your provider before taking out a policy and studying their terms and conditions in depth."
However, even if a solution to the current travel corridor chaos has been discovered, it doesn’t mean Britons are safe to put travel insurance to one side again.
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