The UK subsidiary of the tour operator, Thomson Travel Group (TUI), has canceled several holidays through August due to destinations being classified as high-risk countries.
From July 19, fully vaccinated Britons will be able to return from the amber list countries, without quarantine requirements if they submit a negative PCR test, TheSchengen.com reports.
Despite this, TUI has canceled many flights and holidays until at least July 31, the most recent cancellation being:
Aruba Bulgaria Cape Verde Costa Rica Croatia (excluding Kvarner Bay) Dominican Republic Egypt Florida Greece – Halkidiki, Samos and Thassos India Indonesia Italy Mainland Spain (excluding Malaga and Alicante) Maldives Mauritius Morocco – Agadir Mexico – Puerto Vallarta and Cancun Sri Lanka Tanzania Thailand Tunisia Turkey UAE United States USA (except Florida)
Although the majority of popular destinations are on the red list, such as Turkey, the Maldives and Spain – these countries hope to welcome British travelers starting next week.
“We want to offer our customers flexibility and choice this summer, so when borders are open, and FCDO advice allows travel, we will operate to those destinations as planned. We are constantly reviewing our vacation program and cancellations in line with government updates every three weeks,” a TUI spokesperson said. With the next update expected on July 15th.
TUI’s tour operator also confirmed that several trips to Greece and the islands of Spain will be canceled throughout July, including:
July 19: Alicante, Spain
July 20: Malaga, Spain
July 21: Cyprus, Kefalonia Greece, Jamaica
July 22: Skiathos Greece, Marrakesh, Morocco
July 23: Canary Islands in Fuerteventura
July 24: Greece
July 26 Santorini, Greece, Chania Crete
July 28, La Palma, Canary Islands
For individuals whose vacation has been cancelled, it is recommended to apply for a full refund or move their flight to a later date.
However, the lack of refunds for flights due to COVID-19 has led to an increase in complaints, as previously reported by the European Court of Auditors (ECA). The auditor also criticized governments and airlines for not making any effort to recover these flights. ECA member Anime Turtlebaum noted that the number of people complaining about non-refunds for their flights has “virtually exploded as of March 2020, affecting hundreds of millions, and no doubt several millions across Europe”.
Previously, airline service companies received nearly 35 billion euros due to the coronavirus crisis from governments.
The European Union Commission has allocated €300 million to Austrian travel regulators who oversee travel services, in a bid to recover money from customers whose flights have been canceled during the pandemic.