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Yesterday, Poland, Turkey and the Caribbean Netherlands (Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba) were added to the quarantine list. The announcement was made on Twitter by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps who said that those arriving in the UK from any of those destinations from 4am Saturday will need to self-isolate for 14 days. The latest travel corridor announcement is likely to devastate Britons who now have very few options left for a hassle-free holiday. But for those hoping for an Autumn or Winter break, here are the latest updates from TUI, Jet2, British Airways, Ryanair and easyJet.
TUI announced yesterday that they will be cancelling all their holidays to Turkey.
TUI has said all holidays up to and including October 3 are cancelled.
TUI have said they will be updating their customers about holidays to Turkey from October 4 to October 15.
TUI said in a statement: “Following the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office’s (FCDO) recent change in travel advice for Turkey, TUI UK has cancelled all holidays to Turkey up to and including October 3, 2020.
“All impacted customers will automatically receive a full cash refund and we advise them not to travel to the airport.
“Customers currently on holiday in Turkey can continue to enjoy their holidays as planned and return on their intended flights home.
“We apologise for any inconvenience caused due to the sudden change in advice.”
Ryanair told Express.co.uk they will continue to operate their UK flights as scheduled.
The airline has said previously that it would continue to fly to destinations that are included on the FCDO’s quarantine list.
And Ryanair has obeyed this promise with flights to Spain, Portugal, Greek islands and Turkey still available.
Britons will have to quarantine for 14 days when they return to the UK from these countries.
However, customers should expect a reduced capacity.
Throughout September and October, the airline will be operating at 40 percent of its usual capacity.
Ryanair has also recently extended its change fee waiver up until December meaning that customers can transfer flights and change destinations for free.
Today, Ryanair tweeted that they have decided to halve the price of their flights until midnight tonight.
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BA have upgraded some of their services from Turkey and Poland to larger aircraft to help customers return to the UK before the quarantine rules are put in place.
BA is keeping their network under constant review.
British Airways has extended its flexible change policy to cover all customers to to travel until October 31 2020.
This means customers can change the dates and destination of their bookings without incurring a change fee, although you will need to pay any difference in price.
British Airways has also recently increased the number of destinations it serves.
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Jet2 recently cancelled some of its holidays and flights due to the government’s latest travel advice.
The carrier extended its suspension of flights and holidays to Budapest, Paris and Prague.
Flights and holidays to Prague and Paris from all UK bases (apart from East Midlands) are suspended up to and including November 23.
The same goes for Budapest but until November 25.
Flights and holidays to Budapest and Prague from East Midlands are suspended up to and including January 4.
Jet2 has also cancelled holidays and flights to the Canary Islands (Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote until October 17.
Jet2 will be providing additional updates on travel to these destinations in the future.
Jet2 had added new holidays and flights to Turkey but the country has now been removed from the quarantine exemption list.
Jet2 has been contacted for comment.
easyJet told Express.co.uk: “We understand that some customers may need to alter their plans if travelling to quarantine affected destinations from the UK.
“To provide our customers with some certainty and flexibility now that Turkey and Poland have been removed from the list of quarantine exempt destinations, all passengers due to travel to and from these destinations can now transfer their flights without a change fee.
“Whilst our flights continue to operate, passengers travelling within the next 14 days who wish to change their flights can do so without a change fee via our contact centre within seven days of the government decision.
“Any passengers travelling outside of 14 days are able to change their flights without a change fee online via Manage Bookings in line with our current policy.”
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