What is covered under ABTA’s financial protection scheme?

If you buy in the UK a land or sea-based package holiday, such as a coach, rail or cruise holiday from an ABTA Member, your money and holiday will be protected by ABTA's financial protection scheme.

This means that if your travel company goes out of business and your holiday cannot take place, you will be entitled to a refund, which includes your hotel costs. If you’re abroad, your transport home will be covered. 

If your ABTA travel agent goes out of business and has not passed the money you’ve paid them to your ABTA tour operator, don't worry, we will make payment to them on your behalf and you will be able to go on your holiday. 

If you book your holiday from outside the UK, this protection won’t apply unless the ABTA Member has opted to voluntarily protect your holiday with us, or unless a different scheme applies. You must enquire with your travel company to see whether your holiday is protected.

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Always book with an ABTA Member, check whether your travel company is an ABTA Member before you book.

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