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Martin Lewis Issues Urgent Warning To Anyone Planning Holiday To Spain

Martin Lewis Issues Urgent Warning To Anyone Planning Holiday To Spain

Martin Lewis has issued an important warning for anybody considering a trip to Spain in the imminent future.

The Money Saving Expert offered further insight on the risks of travelling to the country, after the Government made a sudden decision to pull it from the UK's Covid-safe travel list.

The government's decision means that those travelling back to the UK from Spain will now have to quarantine for 14 days.

But Martin argued that's only one of the potential issues for those who have an imminent trip there in the pipelines.

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Check out a snippet of his advice below:

"Do think very carefully before going to Spain," he said recently. "Even though I know some people are arguing, rightly, that there are some areas of Spain badly affected and there are other areas that aren't."

Before adding: "The Foreign and Commonwealth Office is advising against all but essential travel to mainland Spain.

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"You wouldn't have travel insurance cover, it's not worth it.

"You trip over, you bang your head, you need treatment, you're in hospital, you need flying back, it's not worth it, things happen."

Spain has now been taken off the FCO's travel list (Credit: PA)
Spain has now been taken off the FCO's travel list (Credit: PA)

So, what if you want to cancel your trip, but your flight is still going ahead?

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While some airlines, like TUI, have cancelled all flights, after promising not to take travellers to countries where they have to self-isolate, Airlines like easyJet and British Airways have both confirmed that they won't be altering their schedules, despite changes to government guidelines.

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Unfortunately, in this instance, Martin says there's not much you can do unless you booked your travel insurance pre March, when the pandemic begun affecting holidaymakers.

"I'm afraid you don't tend to have any rights. What you would look too is your travel insurance company," he said.

Martin Lewis offered advice to travellers (Credit: Twitter/ Martin Lewis)
Martin Lewis offered advice to travellers (Credit: Twitter/ Martin Lewis)
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"Now this is where it gets difficult, you will be covered if you booked your travel insurance and your flight pre-pandemic, you are likely to be covered.

"So you can go and talk to them, not all of them but most."

He went on: "I remember in March saying at the time that there are going to be substantial circumstances when people lose money on travel.

"And those people who booked a holiday recently to go to Spain, even if you have travel insurance, you're not going to be covered in most cases if the flight and hotel is still on.

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"They would say that's your issue. I would be trying to take advantage of any opportunities to move your flight for free.

If your flight isn't cancelled you may be in trouble (Credit: Unsplash)
If your flight isn't cancelled you may be in trouble (Credit: Unsplash)

"Because a refund is unlikely. I'd also be taking advantage of any ATOL credit notes which are now backed by the government.

"I'd be talking to the hotel about trying to move your booking to the future as you'll struggle to get a refund.

"Of course, ask them for one but if you're getting a blanket 'no', don't expect your travel insurance to cover you."

The FCO have always stated that travel advise is subject to change. While we can't know for sure which countries could next be subject to quarantines, The Mirror has reported countries like Italy, France and Greece could all be at risk.

If you're about to book a trip away, this is definitely worth considering.

Featured Image Credit: Money Saving Expert/ Martin Lewis

Topics: Travel News, martin lewis, Coronavirus, travel, Spain, Covid-19

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