COUNTRIES around the world have rushed to ban travel to and fro the UK, due to a new mutant coronavirus strain spreading across the south east of England.
Among the authorities imposing travel restrictions on passengers from the UK are: France, Ireland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Austria, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Denmark, Turkey and Spain.
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So are easyJet, BA, Wizz Air and Ryanair flights still going ahead? Read on to find out more.
Wizz Air has suspended flights from the UK to Italy, Romania, Bulgaria, Latvia, Lithuania and Austria onDecember 21 and 22.
The airline will continue to operate flights from the UK to countries which have not imposed a ban on the arrival of UK flights.
Affected passengers who booked on wizzair.com can receive 120 per cent of the original fare in airline credit, a full refund or rebooking for free.
Passengers who booked via travel agencies or online travel platforms should contact the seller of the tickets.
British Airways told us: "We are sorry that, like other airlines, due to the current Coronavirus pandemic and global travel restrictions we are operating a reduced and dynamic schedule.
"Our focus is on keeping crucial air links open where possible – bringing home customers currently abroad and transporting vital goods, and ensuring people who are permitted to travel can continue to do so safely.
"We will be contacting customers whose flights are cancelled to offer refunds, as well as encouraging customers who wish to change their booking to do so via ba.com, where they can also request a voucher for future travel if their flight continues to operate.
"We advise customers to check the latest UK Government travel advice at https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice and for the latest flight information visit ba.com."
EasyJet told us: “As a result of several European countries applying travel restrictions to flights leaving the UK some customers may now be unable to travel or may need to change their flights.
"Where flights from the UK are not permitted, easyJet is focused on operating its current schedule into the UK over the coming days, to help customers get home and urge customers needing to return to swap onto these flights as soon as possible.
"Impacted customers have the option of transferring to an alternative flight free of charge, receiving a voucher or receiving a refund. This policy applies as long as the travel ban restrictions are in place. Customers will be notified if their flight is cancelled.
"Due to latest restrictions, we are aiming to make managing flights as easy as possible for customers and so have removed the change fee for flight transfers online via Manage my bookings. We strongly recommend for customers to check the status of their flight and self-serve online, due to the volume of calls currently.
“All other customers can make changes to their booking without incurring a change fee up to 14 days before departure online via Manage Bookings at easyJet.com.”
A statement from Ryanair said: "For any flights to and from the UK in the coming days (December 20-24) which are banned by EU government regulation, all affectedcustomers will receive an email and will be offered practical alternatives including free moves or refunds.
In the case of all other flights to and from the UK which are permitted to fly, Ryanair will operate these flights to facilitate all passengers who need to fly for business reasons and are booked on them or wish to move these flights.
If any such passengers do not wish to travel during the days prior to Christmas, then Ryanair will facilitate a free move of their booking to any date up to March 15.
A TUI spokesperson told us: "Due to recent border restrictions imposed by the Portuguese and Spanish Governments, we have cancelled holidays to Madeira up to and including 24th December and the Canary Islands up to and including 23rd December 2020 as we await for more information.
"We will be in direct contact with impacted customers to offer them a full refund or the option to amend their booking with an incentive."
Click here to find out more about which holiday destinations have banned UK travel.
A German government source said restrictions on air travel from Britain could be adopted by the entire 27-member EU and that countries were also discussing a joint response over sea, road and rail links.
The rapid response thwarted travel around the world just as families were preparing to unite for Christmas.
"Please help us leave!" said one British traveller who was among dozens held overnight in German airports, unable to leave until virus tests come back negative.
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