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Jet2 and TUI cancel more holidays to the Med as Sri Lanka becomes latest country to ban Brits

Jet2 and TUI have cancelled a further raft of holidays as countries across Europe and the rest of the world close their borders to British holidaymakers.

Sri Lanka became the latest country to announce a ban on UK flights this morning due to fears of a new strain of coronavirus spreading across Britain.

TUI has extended its cancellation of all departures from Luton Airport up to 2 January, and both TUI and Jet2 have cancelled all holidays to the Canary Islands up to and including 5 January following Spain’s ban on all UK tourists.

There was some earlier confusion among holidaymakers and travel companies that the Spanish ban on arrivals from the UK might not include the islands, but the UK Foreign Office said today that the Spanish government had made it clear that the ban does include the Canary islands and the Balearics.

Jet2holidays has also cancelled all holidays to Fuerteventura up to and including 7 February.

In addition, Jet2’s departures to Antalya in Turkey and the Portuguese island of Madeira have been cancelled up to and including 5 January. TUI has cancelled Madeira departures only up to 31 December but it is giving customers travelling in January the option to amend their holidays for free. The offer also applies to those due to travel to the Canaries from 6 to 31 January.

Should you change your holiday?

If you want to avoid changing your holiday plans at the very last minute and you don’t mind re-booking to travel at another time then it might be sensible to take up TUI’s offer. But if you’d rather have a refund it might be better to keep your booking because it is highly likely that holidays in January will be cancelled anyway, in which case you’ll be entitled to all your money back.

 



 

Linsey McNeill

A journalist and travel writer of 35 years' standing, a once-a-week yogi, terrible skier and out-of-order mum to 2 teens. Previously Editor of TravelMole.com, bylines also include The Telegraph, The Times, The Observer, the London Evening Standard, Which? and The South China Morning Post.

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