TUI cancels more holidays in new update including Italy, Spain and Bulgaria

TUI has announced a fresh wave of cancelled holidays including Bulgaria, Sicily, Mexico and Spain’s Girona with some trips cancelled through to November.

The travel giant said in a statement that the decision was made “due to ongoing uncertainty around travel”, and that affected holidaymakers would be offered the choice of a full cash refund, changing their holiday to a later date, or booking an alternative holiday with a booking incentive.

The newest cancellations include:

Up to and including September 4: Cape Verde, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Mexico (Puerto Vallarta) and Tunisia.

Up to and including October 31: Bulgaria (Varna), Mainland Spain (Girona), Montenegro and Italy (Sicily, Sardinia, Calabria).

Sardinia holidays are currently cancelled until October 31

The news comes just days after the brand had issued a travel update which included cancellations affecting holiday hotspots like Spain, Greece and Turkey.

Currently, TUI is offering a flexible booking policy for holidays due to depart by October 31, which allows holidaymakers to amend their booking for free up to 14 days before travel.

That’s not to say that Brits after a summer holiday won’t be able to go abroad.

In fact, TUI is currently operating trips to a number of both green and amber destinations, not to mention it’s set to resume flights and packages to Crete and La Palma this week, as well as Croatia from August 1.

The company also plans to resume routes to Alicante, Fuerteventura, Kefalonia and Malaga over the next couple of weeks.

So where is TUI offering holidays to at the moment?

The company says that it is currently operating to the following destinations:

  • Green : Madeira, Malta, Porto Santo and Antigua, Barbados, Gibraltar, Grenada, Iceland and Jersey on non-TUI flights
  • Amber : Balearics (Ibiza, Majorca, Menorca) Corfu, Crete (Heraklion), Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Kos, Portugal, Rhodes, St Lucia, Tenerife, and Zakynthos

The travel firm also said that it will not operate holidays to Red list destinations, nor to those where quarantine is required on arrival unless this can be foregone by taking a Covid test.

You can find out more on the TUI website here.

Summer 2021 holiday deals

If you’re planning a trip abroad, there are some tempting deals currently on offer including:

  • TUI has free kids’ places on Greece holidays for 2021 including the school holidays – book here.
  • Mirror Holidays has tempting deals for the summer including quarantine-free breaks – book here.
  • Eurocamp is offering up to 20% off summer holidays in August – book here.
  • easyJet Holidays is offering up to 25% off flights on selected summer holidays – book here.

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It’s worth noting that currently, Brits returning from amber list destinations to the UK need to self-isolate at home for 10 days and take PCR tests on days two and eight. However, there is an exception for those who are fully vaccinated against Covid. In this case, you’ll be able to swerve the self-isolation, although you will still be required to take the PCR tests.

Before booking or planning a trip, always check the latest Foreign Office travel advice as entry requirements for destinations can change quickly.

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