Latest Travel Alerts

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all but essential travel to Sri Lanka, due to the current evolving security situation following attacks on 21 April 2019.

If you’re travelling to Sri Lanka in the next 3 months (end of July 2019), we’ll contact you in the next few days to discuss your options. Alternatively you can contact us on 0800 056 3415 and select option two.

We’re currently working on a rolling 3 month basis, so if your booking currently falls outside of the 3 month window, please be patient and we’ll be in touch once your booking comes into range.

Here’s a link to the Foreign Office travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/sri-lanka

Customers travelling within Europe may be subject to systematic passport control checks which apply to all European citizens travelling to/from destinations outside the Schengen area (including the UK) in line with a 2017 Schengen Borders Code regulation.

Increased waiting times at passport control could be experienced, therefore we recommend that our customers arrive at the airport in good time.

The UK is now scheduled to leave the EU on 31 October 2019.

For those who are thinking about travel plans from November 2019, the political process is still ongoing, but as both the European Union and the UK government have said that flights to and from the UK will operate as normal in any Brexit outcome, you can book with confidence.

You can find further helpful tips and information on the ABTA frequently asked questions page.

We’d like to reassure you that your holiday will remain unchanged and making sure you have a great holiday this summer remains our number one priority.

From 1 January 2018, you’ll need to pay an Overnight Stay Tax which has been introduced by the Greek Ministry of Tourism and aims to enhance the State’s revenue in the context of the current fiscal adjustment programme. This will be collected from you when you get to your accommodation.

The tax works out between 0.50 – 4 Euros per night. The amount you’ll pay will depend on the official rating of your accommodation. The specific amount will be dependent on the type of accommodation you’ve booked, as set out in the table below:

Types of Accommodation

Euros/Night of stay

Mid – High Season (01/03-31/10)

Euros/Day of stay

5 Star Hotels4
4 Star Hotels
3
3 Star Hotels1.5
1-2 Star Hotels0.5
Apartments – all key categories0.5

The amount you’ll pay is based on the official rating of the accommodation you have booked, according to the local Tourist Board classification. Our own accommodation rating will give you a good indication of the standard of the accommodation and is usually similar to the official rating, but there’s sometimes small differences between ratings. By using our own rating, you’ll be able to work out an approximate amount to pay.

When and how to pay:

You’ll be asked to pay the tax when you check-in at your accommodation, this can be paid by cash or card

Why do I have to pay:

The tax is something new and specifically aimed at tourists. It’s a cost beyond our control and the suppliers of the accommodation. It’s a Government imposed tax that has to be paid when you stay in accommodation in Greece. Whilst our brochure and website holiday information does mention the possibility of local taxes like this, we understand this cost is something you probably weren’t expecting to pay and are sorry the Government has decided to bring this in so quickly.

If or when we receive any further information from the Government of Greece we’ll publish details on this page.

If you’ve visited Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, or Yeman since 01 March 2011 you are required to get a US Visa for your visit to the US. If you already have an ESTA you can check your  ESTA status here . If you want more information you can contact the CBP information centre on the numbers provided on their website or visit the closest US embassy or consulate.

From the 1st of April 2016 you’ll need a biometric passport with an integrated chip (E-Passport) in order to enter the United States under the Visa Waiver Programme. British Passports issued from October 2006 already have this and should have a recognisable symbol on the front cover.

For all flights from Turkey, Tunisia and Egypt back to the UK, please allow extra time at the gate for additional security measures. Please go to the gate as soon as your flight is called to allow sufficient time to board.

If you’d like to speak to us about your holiday or flight, give us a call on 0800 056 3415.

We are aware that some beaches in Mexico and the Caribbean are currently experiencing an increased level of seaweed. This is known as Sargassum and is a natural occurrence. The situation changes on a daily basis influenced by weather patterns and sea currents.

Hotels which are affected are working hard to clear the seaweed so you can continue to enjoy the beach during your holiday. During the turtle nesting season the work continues however there are limitations on the use of specialist machinery to protect the turtles hatching.

We’ll continue to monitor the situation.

We all want to keep ourselves and our families safe and well on holiday. However, accidents do sometimes happen, so we want to help you avoid them wherever possible. For practical and simple advice on staying safe on holiday, visit the Safer Tourism Foundation website.

Proudly supported by Kosmar Holidays along with other major travel companies, the Safer Tourism Foundation is an independent charity that makes sure you have all the help and information you need to enjoy the best possible holiday.

Visit the Safer Tourism Foundation website here

How to stay safe and well on holiday

Whether you are a solo traveller, part of a couple or in a family group, planning and booking your holiday is an exciting time. With so much choice of where to go, the type of accommodation you stay in and the activities you do, you can put together exactly the kind of holiday to suit you.

When we go on holiday we all assume that we will come home in at least as good a shape, mentally and physically, as we left. And for the vast majority of travellers that is the case. Holidays relax and refresh us, help us to re-charge and re-connect with what is important to us.

But for thousands of tourists each year, that is sadly not the case. Every year travellers suffer injuries from accidents that could have been prevented. Some of these end tragically in a fatality, turning a holiday into a nightmare.

No one wants to experience this. Reputable travel companies work hard to make a safe environment for your holiday, whether that is on the flight out, in your accommodation or during activities and excursions. But nothing is risk free, and things do still go wrong. If that happens, you should expect your travel company, accommodation or service provider to be responsive and to address the things within their control and within reason.

But sometimes things happen that are just bad luck, something no one could have foreseen or done anything to prevent. And sometimes we as travellers have a part to play. An unfamiliar environment, whether it is on the beach, on the roads or in and around our hotel, presents the potential for accidents to happen.

Added to that, when we go on holiday we sometimes behave a little differently than when we are at home. We might take a more carefree approach to life (that’s part of what a holiday is about, after all) but this can put ourselves at risk. If we hop on a moped wearing only shorts and flip flops we might ask ourselves, would we do this at home?

The Safer Tourism Foundation has been set up to help us all stay safe and well when we travel. We are a one stop shop for practical, down-to-earth advice for you to use at all stages of your holiday, from planning where to go to what to do if you need medical help abroad.

There is a huge amount of useful information available from travel companies, government websites and specialist advice sites, all aiming to help you and your fellow travellers stay safe and well when you are on holiday. But it is sometimes quite hard to find, and can look a bit overwhelming. We have pulled all of this together in one place to distil the most important things you need to know and what you need to think about to make sure you have the best possible holiday.

We are an independent charity so we do not represent any travel company or holiday provider. Our main aim is to reduce the number of people who are hurt or killed when on holiday, whether they are travelling independently or with the support of a travel operator or agent. From our website you can get a clear explanation of how to use the government’s advice on travelling to different countries (for example, what is the terrorist threat?), you can see what to pack in a first aid kit, and we highlight the particular things to be aware of if you are camping or if you are on a party weekend (like a stag or hen party).

We hope you find the advice useful and practical. Let us know.

Stay safe and well and, above all, enjoy your holiday.

There’s new immigration entry laws which came into place from 1st January 2019 for Cape Verde. If you’re a UK Citizen staying less than 30 days, you’ll no longer need a Visa. However, there’s now an Airport tax (TSA.)