Brits to be asked to take vouchers instead of refunds on package holidays during coronavirus pandemic – The Sun

HOLIDAYMAKERS are being asked to take vouchers instead of refunds for their cancelled trips in a bid to protect the travel industry.

A number of travellers claim they have already been refused their money back and are instead being offered vouchers.

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Currently, British holidaymakers are entitled to full refunds for holidays cancelled due to coronavirus, following the government warning to avoid all all but essential travel.

This is because of protection by the Package Travel Regulations 2018, issued by the European Commission.

However, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps could be introducing new regulations later this week which will instead allow package holiday providers and tour operators to offer vouchers instead of refunds.

According to the Independent, holidays equating to £1 billion have been cancelled between March 17 and April 16, following the latest government advice, which Brits are entitled to be fully refunded for.

The huge payout could lead to a number of travel firms collapsing, due to the lack of revenue and refund amounts.

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