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Holiday Warning – Travel experts reveal five things to check before your summer break

MILLIONS of Britons are expected to go on holiday this summer as the holidays officially return after years of Covid disruption.

Experts have weighed everything you need to check before your summer vacation so you don’t miss out.

From passports to insurance, here are the five things you need to check

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From passports to insurance, here are the five things you need to checkPhoto credit: Getty

passport details

Millions of Britons are being warned to renew their passports before the summer holidays – but many who think their passport has expired could be wrong and face disaster at the airport.

This is because new rules no longer allow passports to be more than 10 years old, although previous rules allowed ages up to 10 years and nine months.

They must also have at least three more months to travel to Europe.

Martyn James of Resolver put it in a nutshell: “Imagine leaving Spain on June 1st, 2022. Your passport must be issued after September 1st, 2022 or you may be denied boarding by the airline, when you go on vacation.

The British warned of a
Spain holiday alert for Brits traveling abroad this summer

“Even if your passport says it expires in June 2023, the issue date is key.”

coupons

Many Brits have been issued vouchers or credit for their canceled holidays and flights during the pandemic.

However, you should check the terms and conditions before booking your next trip as you might be surprised by some unfamiliar rules.

Martyn also said: “I recently discovered that a major airline only uses one voucher per booking – and if you try to book separate flights you can only book in the currency that the voucher is in.”

Many may also be close to their expiry dates, so it pays to book a holiday well in advance just so you don’t lose them.

travel insurance

While travel insurance has always been important when going on vacation, families should take even greater care to ensure they are adequately covered in the wake of the pandemic.

Travel insurance covers everything from canceled flights and lost luggage to Covid complications and injuries.

It’s also important to check your GHIC (Global Health Insurance Card) or EHIC (European Health Insurance Card), which gives you access to healthcare across the EU at the same prices as locals.

The GHIC has replaced the old European health insurance cards, although your EHIC will remain valid if it is within its expiry date.

According to Martin Lewis, 5.6million GHIC or EHIC cards will expire this year – but they can be replaced free of charge, so families should do so before their holiday.

Queues at the airport

Families heading to the airport should check queues before traveling as some have been forced to miss their flights in recent weeks.

While Manchester Airport made headlines for ongoing problems that caused passengers to wait hours at security, long queues were also reported at Birmingham, Bristol and London airports.

Brits are advised to arrive three hours before their flight to allow plenty of time – and if you’re nervous, book an airport hotel the night before, just in case.

face masks

Although airlines have done away with their face masks in recent weeks, some flights still require them.

These include TUI, Jet2, easyJet and British Airways.

As a general rule, passengers are only required to wear face masks if the destination requires it.

Destinations like Portugal, for example, still require them on public transport.

There are many things Britons still need to think about before going on holiday

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There are many things Britons still need to think about before going on holidayCredit: Alamy

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