The UK government seems to be imposing new quarantine rules each week - which is making international travel seem like a large game of roulette at present. The thought of being abroad when a quarantine rule is announced may seem anxiety-inducing, however, there are a few steps that will help ease your return home.
Search online for alternative flights
Typically, the government will impose a quarantine rule that will come into force a few days after the initial announcement.This can give travellers a 48 hour window to make alternative travel arrangements in an attempt to return home before the quarantine regulations come into place.
The best thing to do would be to check outlets like Skyscanner and Google Flights as soon as possible, to see whether there are any available flights that would get you home before the quarantine rule is enforced. Remember, lots of people will be in the same position, so the sooner you start searching for an earlier flight - the luckier you will be.
Don’t cut your holiday short
If you’re unable to organise an alternative route home to avoid the quarantine, or if you simply don’t want to go home early, the best advice would be to not let it ruin the rest of your holiday and to enjoy the remaining time you have abroad.
The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office are currently ‘not advising those already travelling in Spain to leave at this time. Travellers should follow the advice of the local authorities on how best to protect themselves and others, including any measures that they bring in to control the virus.’
A few more days by the pool? Could be worse.
Check your cancellation and insurance policies
Most insurance policies have amended their conditions to state that they would not be liable for any covid-related losses - but that shouldn’t stop you from digging out the terms & conditions to double check.
Set some time aside to read through the fine print and see if you’re covered to claim any money back on new flight charges or accommodation cancellation.
It’s worth double checking - every penny adds up!
Start thinking about your return home
This could be a good time to start thinking about the logistics of actually spending 14 days inside when you return. Ask yourself questions like: can you work from home? Do you need to get anything in place beforehand to give yourself a stress-free quarantine period?
Use these final few days of your holiday to reach out to your close family and friends to organise who will be able to help out with grocery shopping. It’s also worthwhile booking in a delivery slot with your local supermarket; delivery slots have been hard to come by throughout the pandemic, so if you can pre-book one for your return, it will save yourself a lot of time and effort.
Planning a holiday for 2021
If you’re wanting to hold out for an international holiday in 2021, we’ve put together the ultimate 2021 holiday calendar.
We’ve carefully curated a Travel Savings Plan that will enable you to steadily grow your travel fund, ensuring that your money is safely put aside for that long-awaited dream holiday next year.
Using a Travel Savings Plan to build up your holiday kitty is great as it allows you to lock in a preferential rate when the market is working in your favour, so you get more bang for your buck!