COVID-19: Stricter entry regulations due to the Corona virus – Your rights as a traveller in the case of entry bans
More and more countries are tightening their entry requirements due to the spread of the COVID 19 pandemic. In addition to the specific regulations of individual countries, the USA has now imposed a complete ban on entry into Europe.
Not longer allowed to travel due to changed entry regulations?
What rights do you have if you are suddenly no longer allowed to travel due to changed entry regulations? What happens if you have to cancel your trip in advance or are already at check-in for your flight and are denied boarding?
You will find an overview below:
Package holidaymakers can withdraw from their trip free of charge if there is already a travel warning or entry ban at the destination.
This is a clear and exclusive advantage if you have booked your holiday as a package tour through a tour operator.
In cases where you do not wish to travel due to the coronavirus, but there is neither an entry stop nor a travel warning, you are dependent on the goodwill of your tour operator.
Individual travellers are dependent on the goodwill regulations and terms and conditions of the airlines for forthcoming trips to countries with entry bans or travel warnings. There are no special rights for a free cancellation or rebooking.
The same applies to your booked hotel or local accommodation.
Many airlines have already adapted their rebooking regulations and offer free rebooking or exchange of the booked ticket for vouchers. It is best to find out directly from your airline what options are available.
TIP The corona virus also has a considerable impact on the financial situation of airlines!