Britons are advised against all non-essential foreign travel & # 39; INFINITIVE & # 39 ;, but Which? warns that it will cause confusion and may leave holidaymakers out of pocket
- The FCO says travelers may not be able to return if they leave the UK
- Which one? says the advice is a & # 39; huge amount of confusion & # 39; will cause trouble for travelers
- It adds without an end date, holidaymakers could find it difficult to get refunds
Britain is warned by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) against all non-essential global trips abroad & # 39; indefinitely & # 39; as the coronavirus crisis continues.
The FCO said travelers & # 39; smart disorder & # 39; may arrive and may not be able to return home if they are currently leaving the UK.
But consumer champion Which? has warned that the lack of an end date may cause confusion and prevent travelers from demanding refunds.
The Foreign Office tweeted that it advises against any non-essential world travel indefinitely
Earlier this month, a 30-day notice was set by the FCO warning against all non-essential foreign travel by April 15.
But on Saturday, the FCO tweeted: & # 39; The Foreign Office advises indefinitely against all non-essential global travel. & # 39;
It added: & # 39; The situation is changing rapidly. Travelers may have severe disabilities and may not be able to return to the UK. & # 39;
It also quietly updated its website to say: & # 39; FCO extends advice for traveling abroad for an indefinite period. & # 39;
Rory Boland, editor of Who? Travel, said: & # 39; While it is good, the government broadens its advice, it will & # 39; e FCO to make the time period indefinite will cause a huge amount for anyone who has booked foreign trips in the next few months.
Passengers arriving at the Heathrow Airport over the weekend. Rory Boland, editor of Which? Travel, said: & # 39; While it is good, the government is broadening its advice, the decision of & # 39; e FCO to make the time period indefinitely cause a huge amount & # 39 ;.
& # 39; The travel warning should be extended to a final date, which can be checked as needed so that travelers have some need for clarity on refunds, re-booking or claiming insurance.
& # 39; The government, travel industry and insurers should work together to ensure that any emergency measures implemented in response to this crisis include strong guarantees or protections to prevent consumers from losing their money if a travel company fails. 39;
A spokeswoman for Abta (Association of British Travel Agents) said: & # 39; The FCO travel advice against all but essential travel has now removed the date for interim review and was able to & # 39; e for the next time, but this travel restriction can be removed at any time.
& # 39; Therefore, Abta's advice remains the same for managing a similar restriction for an individual country.
& # 39; Each company will have its own process for managing future departures and will contact customers due to immediate travel. There is no legal definition of "difficult travel", but it is generally considered within the next few days.
British Airways aircraft parked at Heathrow & # 39; s Terminal 5. The Foreign Office says it & # 39; tensions & # 39; tries to tighten thousands of British travelers abroad because of crisis in coronavirus at home
& # 39; Our advice to customers with future bookings is to have patience and wait to contact your travel provider.
& # 39; Travel companies are very busy, given the pressure of & # 39; e current crisis, and will first look at difficult progress and decide how far in advance they will offer alternative arrangements or refunds. & # 39;
To add to the confusion, it has been reported that airlines with British Airways and easyJet will be selling tickets for flights in May – despite health officials warning that a global lockdown could take months.
Meanwhile, the FCO says it & # 39; s efforts & # 39; to tighten & # 39; thousands of British travelers abroad brings home because of the coronavirus crisis.
Flights have been arranged to bring British home from Bolivia, Ecuador, the Philippines and India.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said: & # 39; Travelers are facing an unusual challenge on a global scale, and I know that people are understandably desperate to return to their homes and loved ones.
& # 39; We are working to support Britons to come home via commercial routes that we have helped keep open as well as through special charter flights. & # 39;
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