British families are refusing to be put off by ever-changing travel advice as research by travel insurance provider Holidaysafe reveals the growing desire for alternative holiday destinations.
Analysis of policies sold in the weeks after the government re-imposed quarantine restrictions for people returning from Spain highlights that British families are still determined to make the most of the summer, as Turkey and Greece take over Spain as the new holiday hotspots.
With France now rumoured to be next on the Government’s quarantine list families are taking advantage of last-minute bargains to other Mediterranean destinations.
There has also been a significant increase in the share of people booking trips to Croatia and Jamaica in search for some winter sun later this year. Other popular destinations include Austria, Sweden, Switzerland, and even the Isle of Man, as it becomes clear that Brits want to save their annual family holiday.
The news comes as the leading insurance provider adds Covid-19 cancellation cover to its policies.
The new-look policies include:
- Cancellation cover if anyone on the policy contracts Covid-19 before their departure
- Curtailment cover if anyone on the policy contracts Covid-19 during their trip
- Medical expenses should anyone insured fall ill with Covid-19 while on holiday (as long as customers have not travelled against Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice)
- Denied boarding if anyone insured is refused boarding by an airline due to having or suspected case of Covid-19.
Sarah Page, brand manager for Holidaysafe, said: “Our research shows that the summer holiday is still precious to British families.
“We noticed that once the government changed its advice to Spain, people began to look elsewhere to make sure they still had their burst of the summer sun. This trend has been accentuated even more now that France looks likely to join Spain on the red list.
“That’s why we included cover for Covid-related issues in our policies, to allow customers to travel confidently and with peace of mind that they will be covered for most eventualities.
“Families travelling to Greece and Turkey will need to remember to complete a passenger locator form 48 hours before they travel, or risk being denied boarding.
“Many families have been caught out by this new rule and forced to pay out for a new flight, so it’s always worth checking the FCO guidance for the country you are travelling to in advance of your departure date.
One Holidaysafe customer who recently travelled to Greece said: “The passenger locator form was pretty straightforward to complete and we had no problems.
“One of my friends had to have their temperature checked in the airport on the way back to the UK, but apart from that, it didn’t cause us any difficulties and we had a wonderful holiday.”