After months of travel restrictions, there is pent up demand for holidays, which for many of us are an important part of our lives. Many holidaymakers will be, understandably, eager to book a well-deserved break. 

Whether this is at home or abroad, the travel industry – from travel agents and tour operators to accommodation and transport providers – is ready to play its part in your holiday journey once more. 

Please keep in mind that travel continues to be an unprecedented and evolving situation for businesses as well as customers. As part of this, ABTA Members and their associated suppliers want to continue to prioritise public health and follow the best medical and scientific advice.
With this in mind, it is quite possible that your package holiday might look/be different to previous experiences – for example there might be changes to food service such a buffet options; the hotels might operate self-check-in; there might be fewer restaurants and more limited entertainment in resort.
However, a holiday should still be just that – time to get away and have fun and ABTA Members are working hard to make it both a safe and enjoyable time throughout each step of the journey.

There will be a range of considerations when planning a holiday. As always, if you have any queries or concerns you should speak to your travel company, however there are steps you can take to help be as prepared as possible. 

Talk to your ABTA Member travel company

There will be a range of considerations when planning a holiday. Speak to your ABTA Member travel company about your options – from destinations to types of holiday – and how your holiday might look different to previous years, so you’re aware of any changes before you book. You can find the current Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office travel advice here, but if you’re unsure what this means for your planned holiday, your ABTA Member travel provider will be able to provide further support and guidance.

To help you get ready for travel, we have prepared a new leaflet with some useful tips as you plan for your trip and to assist when travelling abroad. The guide includes help and advice on: 

Before you travel – do your research

  • Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) travel advice
  • Travel insurance
  • Passport and entry requirements
  • Health advice and vaccinations
  • Destination requirements
  • Plan and pack for a safe journey

During travel – follow the guidance

  • Travel to the airport/train station/port
  • At the terminal building

When you're away

  • Information on the different rules in different countries
  • Guidance on what to expect

Journey home

  • Advice on planning your return

On arrival in the UK

  • Information on the Public Health Passenger Locator form
  • UK Government advice

The leaflet "Get ready for travel: customer tips and information for going on holiday or travelling abroad" is available in a mobile friendly PDF or print at home version. Download your preferred version below.