TUI issues UK travel update for Brits as holiday rules change due to Omicron variant

TUI has issued a holidays update for Brits as the UK travel rules have changed for vaccinated travellers amidst concerns around the new Omicron variant of coronavirus

Cape Town and the 12 Apostels from above in South Africa
South Africa is one of the new red list countries

TUI has issued a statement for Brits who have booked holidays this winter, following a change to the UK’s travel rules amidst concerns around the new Omicron variant of coronavirus.

From 4am on Tuesday (November 30), the rules are changing for vaccinated travellers. Previously, double jabbed arrivals simply needed to take either a PCR or lateral flow test on day two.

However the rules are changing meaning that vaccinated arrivals will need to self-isolate for the first two days back in the UK, taking a PCR test on day two, whereupon a negative result will allow you to stop isolating.

The rules for those who are unvaccinated or partially unvaccinated remain unchanged; you’ll still need to take a pre-departure test, and self-isolate for 10 days when arriving in the UK as well as taking PCR tests on days two and eight.

As a result of the changes, TUI has issued a statement saying that affected holidaymakers will be offered the option to rebook their holiday for free.

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The statement on the travel giant’s website reads: “Following the UK Government announcement, we are aware of the changes to post travel testing requirements. All travellers returning to the UK will now need to take a PCR day two test and self-isolate until they receive a negative test result.

“This change will come into effect at 04:00am on Tuesday 30 November 2021. Any customers who do not wish to travel and are due to travel up to and including 19 December can amend their holiday free of charge. Unfortunately, we’re not able to offer refund credit notes to our customers. Holiday changes can be made by calling us on 0203 451 2688.”

At the time of writing, the Foreign Office isn’t advising against travel to the majority of destinations, which means travel firms don’t have to cancel holidays – meaning holidaymakers aren’t automatically entitled to a refund.

TUI has issued an update for Brits due to travel in the next few weeks


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If a travel company does cancel your holiday, then you are entitled to your money back.

In the last week, 10 countries have been added to the UK’s red lists: Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

This means that only British/Irish nationals and those who have residence rights in the UK will be able to arrive from one of these countries.

Red list arrivals in the UK are required to take a Covid test within three days before travelling, complete a passenger locator form and stay in a quarantine hotel for 10 days including taking two PCR tests.

We’ve got a guide here explaining what happens if your holiday destination is moved to the red list, based on what is currently the case for Brits who had trips booked to South Africa.

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