UK & Europe

Welcome to our UK and Europe travel page. Here you’ll find the latest updates from airlines, hotels, rail and car hire companies, as well as information on European border restrictions. Our traveller resources also have tips, frequently asked questions and useful links to help you plan and prepare for your next trip so you can get back on the road safely.

Rules and restrictions vary by country and are changing regularly, so if you’re travelling from outside Europe don’t forget to check the latest information on your departure and any transit countries here.  

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SPAIN: Canary Islands to cover all COVID-19 related costs for tourists

The regional government of Spain's Canary Islands has announced that all tourists visiting the islands will have any potential COVID-19 related costs covered. This includes both medical costs and any possible required extension of holidays required in the case of quarantine measures undertaken while visitors are on the islands. Included among the Canary Islands are the popular European holiday destinations of Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, Tenerife and La Palma.
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NETHERLANDS: City of Amsterdam mandates the wearing of face masks in some areas

The city of Amsterdam yesterday, 5 August, began mandating the use of face masks in crowded areas such as its 'Red Light' district, in a localised drive against COVID-19 which stands in contrast to the country's national policy. City workers will continue to hand out masks to both tourists and residents in busier areas, and will inform them that failure to wear them could result in a fine of 95 Euros (USD112).
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EMIRATES: Airline's network to grow to 70 destinations in August 2020

The Dubai-based airline has announced that its passenger flight network will now grow to 70 destinations with the inclusion of Kuwait City from 5 August and Lisbon from 16 August. This will account for over 50% of Emirates' pre-pandemic destination network, as the airline gradually resumes operations with the safety of its customers, crew and communities as its top priority.
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VIRGIN ATLANTIC: Airline continues rescue deal enabled restructuring process

The airline has continued their restructuring process after having previously secured a £1.2bn recapitalisation deal to secure their future post-COVID-19. This process yesterday, 4 August, involved attending court hearings in both the UK and U.S. as a formality; during the U.S. hearing a Chapter 15 process was filed, which is a mechanism to allow the airline to continue proceedings in the UK despite their multi-national assets. It should be noted that this is not a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing, and restructuring is continuing as planned.
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AIR TRANSAT: Flights to have resumed to 40 destinations by 1 November 2020

The Montréal-based airline has announced that from 1 November it will have resumed flights to a total of 40 destinations for the winter season across the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America, the U.S., Europe and domestically within Canada. As well as this, Air Transat is presenting even more flexible options to book, change or cancel a trip, and are ensuring a safe experience with its 'Traveller Care' program.
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Traveller resources

Packing and Preparation

Now, more than ever, it's important to be well prepared before embarking on a trip. Prepare for your next trip with our handy traveller checklist, download the traveller app Sam :] and make sure you've packed everything you need to stay safe and healthy.

In the skies

From touchless check-in kiosks to empty middle seats, air travel post-COVID will look very different. Even the most frequent flyer will have questions and want to know what to expect, so we've answered the most frequently asked questions.

On the ground

Rental car and rail companies are changing their policies to decrease human interaction and touchpoints. Find out what else ground transportation companies are doing to limit the risk of COVID-19.

Accommodation

Hotels around the world are implementing new processes and safety precautions in response to COVID-19. To help prepare for your next trip take a look at our frequently asked questions to discover what measures hotels are taking and what the hotel experience will look like post-pandemic.