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CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) LATEST UPDATES FROM BENCHMARK TRAVEL

Government Update - 3th July 2020

The Department for Transport has announced the countries included on its list of ‘safe’ destinations for UK citizens to travel to.

It follows an announcement this morning that 14-day quarantine rules on arrivals in England will be relaxed from July 10 – and blanket Foreign Office advice against all non-essential travel will be dropped from tomorrow (Saturday, July 4).

The Countries on the list are:

Andorra
Antigua and Barbuda
Aruba
Australia
Austria
Bahamas
Barbados
Belgium
Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba
Croatia
Curaçao
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Dominica
Faroe Islands
Fiji
Finland
France
French Polynesia
Germany
Greece
Greenland
Grenada
Guadeloupe
Hong Kong
Hungary
Iceland
Italy
Jamaica
Japan
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Macau
Malta
Mauritius
Monaco
Netherlands
New Caledonia
New Zealand
Norway
Poland
Réunion
San Marino
Serbia
Seychelles
South Korea
Spain
St Barthélemy
St Kitts and Nevis
St Lucia
St Pierre and Miquelon
Switzerland
Taiwan
Trinidad and Tobago
Turkey
Vatican City
Vietnam

Ireland was already exempt as part of the common travel area, as are the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

In addition, the government will be exempting the 14 British Overseas Territories.

Jet2holidays Update - 13th June 2020

In view of the ongoing travel restrictions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, Jet2holidays have taken the decision to recommence their flight and holidays programme on the 15th July 2020. The health and safety Jet2holidays of customers and colleagues is their absolute priority and they are continuing to monitor the situation closely. 

This means all flights/holidays travelling up to and including 14th July 2020 have been terminated. All operations by Jet2holidays after this date are currently commencing as normal.

TUI Update - 13th June 2020

Due to the ongoing situation regarding COVID-19, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office have advised against all but essential travel. Unfortunately, this means that we’re no longer able to offer TUI holidays travelling on or before 10th July 2020. TUI have also postponed the launch of TUI River Cruises until 26 November 2020. 

Our beloved travel industry is taking a beating at the minute. If you are thinking of calling us today, please consider the following first...

  • Have you checked the FCO website to see if there are travel restrictions? If there are no restrictions your booking will travel as normal. If there are, your agent (Benchmark Travel) will be working in line with ABTA and the FCO and will contact you.
     
  • Have you checked on the airlines website if your flight is cancelled? If not, your booking will travel as planned until advised otherwise.
     
  • Is the country you are travelling to affected? No, then you are unaffected and can enjoy your holiday. 
     
  • Are you travelling in the next 72 hours? Even if you are affected, your agent (Benchmark Travel) will contact you. Most companies are dealing with bookings travelling in 72 hours as a priority.

Rest assured if you have booked with a reputable agent or tour operator that is an ABTA member and ATOL protected such as ourselves (Benchmark Travel), if your holiday is affected we will contact you in due course.

We really want to help you but this situation is beyond anything anyone could predict and we only have so many resources.

Thank You for your cooperation.

The Benchmark Travel Team

CONTACTING BENCHMARK TRAVEL

We are currently experiencing high volumes of calls due to the ongoing coronavirus travel disruption. If your criteria hits the above or you would like to speak to us about booking a new holiday please email us at [email protected]

FOREIGN & COMMONWEALTH OFFICE TRAVEL ADVICE

For the very latest guidance for British people travelling overseas visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus 

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