Tui offers customers Covid-19 travel insurance along with every holiday

Britain’s biggest holiday company Tui is seeking to reassure prospective customers by offering cover for passengers against coronavirus-related problems.

The company has announced a “Covid-19 cover scheme” that will be provided with every holiday from the UK for the rest of 2020. If travellers are asked to self-isolate, it will cover the cost of an extended stay and a new return flight home. The scheme will also cover testing costs and, if medically required, repatriation.

Andrew Flintham, managing director for Tui UK & Ireland, said: “It means that they can book with confidence, knowing that extra costs associated with Covid-19 that wouldn’t be covered by regular travel insurance, will be taken care of.

“We know some people may not feel confident travelling right now, but we’re inviting them to start looking forward to holidays again, and we can’t wait to take them away whenever they choose to join us.”

Arrivals from France, Italy, Croatia, Greece and many other countries are no longer obliged to spend 14 days in self-isolation. But passengers from Spain to Scotland will need to quarantine, even if they touch down in England.

Tui has announced that it is expanding operations from July 25, adding Alicante, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Malaga, Menorca and Reus to its Spanish destinations, as well as the Greek island of Zakynthos (also known as Zante).

On the same date it will resume flights from Bristol airport, though plans to fly from Glasgow have been put on hold until August 1.