Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on 23rd March 2019, all weddings and other social gatherings due to take place within a minimum of the next 3 weeks must now be cancelled/postponed. Read our advice and guidance on this here.

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Coronavirus and Your Honeymoon: What You Need to Know

Please note: All of the information in our posts and articles is accurate and correct at the time it was published. As the Covid-19 situation evolves, our advice might change. We will be frequently publishing new, up-to-date articles and advice, to reflect this.

If postponing your wedding day wasn’t enough, your honeymoon is in jeapordy too. Eurgh. We know how frustrating and disappointing this must be. But we’re here to provide a little clarity, so you know what to do from here and when you might be able to go on that trip of a lifetime, when this is all over with.

So, whats the deal?

Essentially, all travel is restricted for UK residents for at least 30 days from 17th March. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has advised against all non-essential travel until at least 15th April 2020, and it looks like this will be extended.

Sadly, honeymoons and destination weddings do not count as essential, so if yours is booked in for the next few weeks, it’s definitely time to give the companies you booked with a call, to either reschedule or arrange refunds.

Here’s what we know so far:  

Travel Restrictions

  • London City Airport is now entirely closed until end April.  No flights will be leaving or arriving at this airport until May. Whilst the other British airports remain open, a huge number of flights in and out of them have been cancelled. Check to see if yours has been effected, yet.
  • If your honeymoon is scheduled for after 15th April, keep an eye out for further details. Not only is it likely the UK could extend their advice not to travel, but any country or area you might be travelling to has it’s own restrictions. To keep up to date with travel guidance for your destination, take a look here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice   

Rescheduling and Refunds

  • Many hotels and accommodations across the globe are offering either a refund or the chance to rebook without charge, if you’re unable to travel because of the COVID-19 outbreak. Reach out to yours to ask what their policy on this is. Remember to be kind and patient, this will be a busy and stressful time for them (just as it is for you).
  • If you have travel insurance, check to see what your covered for in this situation. A lot of policies will at least cover you for consequential losses (such as hotel rooms or car hire), if your flights are cancelled.
  • You are entitled to a refund if your flight is cancelled. Many companies are providing credit notes or the ability to rebook, but remember- you do not have to accept this. A refund is your legal right, so if that’s what you’d prefer, push for it. To find out more about this, take a look at this great article on Which?
  • If you do choose to rebook, you might find your limited for choice and unfortunately your new flights could end up more expensive than your original ones. This is entirely the airline’s right and, as your probably know, tends to be the nature of how flight bookings work. We’ll keep our fingers crossed that the price hasn’t jumped to high for you!
  • We do want to point out that, you might not be entitled to flight delay compensation (which is usually offered under EU261 rules), as the Coronavirus outbreak counts as ‘extraordinary circumstances’.

What about insurance?  

  • If you already have travel insurance booked, your policy should be unaffected by these unprecedented events, but you should check with your insurer to confirm.
  • When you do re-book your honeymoon, check with your insurers to see if you can extend your original policy to cover your new travel dates.  
  • It’s really important to note that, many insurers will not provide cover if you travel against the FCO’s advice.  
  • If you haven’t yet got travel insurance, it’s likely that any policies taken out from now on not cover you for Coronavirus related issues. 
  • You might also find that some insurers are not taking on new customers, at this time. 

Right now, we probably all feel like we could do with a holiday. And a honeymoon should be even more special. But remember, you will still get to go on the trip of a lifetime- even if it’s just a little later!

In the meantime, take advantage of this opportunity to stay home with your loved ones. Embrace this time you have together. Create your own honeymoon-at-home, we will get through this. Life will get back to normal.