Government warns against non-essential travel to more areas of northern Italy - MSE News

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has extended its coronavirus travel advice to warn against all but essential travel to more areas in northern Italy, after the Italian authorities imposed a lockdown on more than 16 million people. We've full help if you have an upcoming trip to an affected area...

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  • katejokatejo Forumite
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    I was just about to book a return flight  for September when this happened. I already have a language course/accommodation booked in Bologna (which I would probably be able to postpone without losing money if the lockdown continued). I have noticed that BA appears to be offering flexible bookings until later this month so I may risk it. I imagine that the lockdown will not longer apply by then but can't be sure. I haven't yet renewed my travel insurance (due to waiting for the result of a routine scan) but I am not sure whether an insurer would pay out if the non essential travel advice still applied in September? Is there a rule to say that i can't do an advance booking several for 6 months ahead after the introduction of the travel warning?
  • paulus52paulus52 Forumite
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    I've got a 6 day package holiday booked to Rome & Venice (3 days in each city) from March 29 to April 4th paid for on a credit card. With the north of Italy now in lockdown, and travel to Venice prohibited, I wondered what the responsibility of my travel agent is.
    I do have travel insurance in place.
  • Alan_BowenAlan_Bowen Forumite
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    If it is a package holiday and half the holiday has gone, then the company should offer you an alternative holiday or a full refund. How about Portugal, 2 centre Lisbon and Porto for example? very few cases of the virus, far fewer than here and the weather is just perfect, 20 degrees sun and a gentle breeze?
  • ElizturnElizturn Forumite
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    Is the FCO travel advice only in place until the end of the lockdown period of 3 April? We have a cruise booked out of Venice 31 May.  We all have insurance, but we don't know if we are covered for cancellation if the holiday is post 3 April.  Really wish the Gov site put dates on.  At the moment we've paid deposit only, final payment is due 22 March.  Any advice is most welcome
  • Jbenn90Jbenn90 Forumite
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    I'd booked flights for myself and my partner to go to Milan 9th - 13th of April with Ryanair. Ryanair are refusing to refund the flights now that we don't want to travel. Despite Northern Italy being on lockdown due to Covid19 they still won't refund the money. I've explained that I work for the NHS in gp practices so would be putting the elderly and vulnerable people at risk, nor could I afford to miss two weeks of work to self isolate. My travel insurance isn't clear about whether it will refund the money. I paid on a Halifax debit card so not sure if I'd be covered. Any ideas what to do next? 
  • roubiliacroubiliac Forumite
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    Renew your insurance people!
    Aviva is no longer covering any covid 19 related issues, even foreign office advisories on all new policies. Current policies are covered.
    Other companies are following suit.
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    edited 12 March 2020 at 9:55AM
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