As a result of the coronavirus outbreak, the Schengen area was in lockdown for months. Just before the start of the summer season, most borders in Europe were reopened. Nevertheless, there are still strict rules, which are not the same for every country. We have listed the 5 most important travel tips, so you can prepare well for your flight, even in times of the virus.
By the way, did you know that Flight-Delayed.co.uk now also assists passengers in case of cancellations due to the coronavirus? In a few simple steps, you can check whether you are eligible for a refund of your flight ticket. If you decide to submit your claim, our team of experienced claims specialists will take all the work off your hands. We will make sure that you will be reimbursed as soon as possible!
#1: Keep a close eye on the foreign travel advice for your holiday destination
Since 15 June the borders within the European Union have been reopened. This means that you can go on holiday again to countries like Spain, Greece and France. Of course, travel advice is different per country and can change at any time, depending on the number of infections in the country. The best example is Barcelona, where recently travel advice changed to only essential travel.
Curious about the most up-to-date travel advice for your holiday destination? Check here what travel advice the government has given for your destination.
#2: Check-in online before you travel
By checking in online at home before your flight you don't have to join a queue, contact with fellow passengers and staff at the airport is minimal and you avoid contact with check-in machines if necessary. It saves you time and effort and you are also safe!
Tip from Flight-Delayed.co.uk: Reserve a spot by the window at check-in to keep a safe distance from other passengers.
#3: Use the electronic boarding pass on your phone
To avoid contact with ground staff as much as possible, you can use your mobile phone to show your boarding pass. At many airlines, such as KLM or EasyJet, you can add the boarding pass to your wallet or open it via your email or the airline's app. Very safe, and it also saves paper!
#4: Pack your luggage wisely
Make sure you bring only what you need and pack your luggage wisely: this saves time and hassle at the security check. For example, put your electronic devices and liquid products on top of your hand baggage so that you can go through the check quickly and easily. Very important to take with you: your mask! You have to take it after check-in and until you stop at your destination. Don't forget to bring or buy a mask for the return journey!
#5: Claim a refund for a flight cancelled because of the coronavirus
Due to the still unstable situation in many European countries, it is quite possible that your flight will still be cancelled at short notice. Very annoying of course, but there is also a bright side: you may be able to claim your full fare back!
If your flight is cancelled because of the coronavirus, you are not entitled to compensation, but you are entitled to a full refund of your ticket. The pandemic is regarded as an extraordinary circumstance, which does not oblige the airline to compensate passengers for the cancelled flight.
However, additional compensation is not the same as the right to a refund of the ticket! Even during these times, airlines are legally obliged to refund the full price within 7 days of the cancelled flight.
What can Flight-Delayed.co.uk do for me?
We are one of the first companies to work for the rights of passengers affected by flight delays and cancellations all over Europe. Since 2010, we help affected passengers claim the compensation to which they are legally entitled in the event of a flight delay, cancellation or overbooking. With our large network of solicitors all over Europe, we have already helped hundreds of thousands of passengers claim compensation or a refund.
We accept claims on a 'no win, no fee' basis. This means that you don't pay anything if we don't succeed in claiming your money, even if we have already taken legal action against the airline. In the event of success, we charge 25% of the total claim amount. These service costs also cover all legal costs. If the airline pays your refund within 7 days (the timeframe set by the regulations), we also won't charge you for our services.