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Coronavirus Update

The FCO has advised all but essential travel

From the 5th November to 2nd December 2020 all leisure holidays will be banned by the government therefore your holiday will not be able to take place. 

We are currently contacting any customers effected by the travel ban to provide available options. 

Holidays travelling 3rd December 2020 onwards

What does this mean for your holiday

  • Can I still Travel to Malta?

Travel to Malta is still available from the UK from the 3rd December 2020. 

Passengers travelling to Malta are required by the Superintendence of Public Health for Malta to complete the  Public Health Travel Declaration Form and the Passenger Locator Form which can be downloaded from https://www.maltairport.com/declarationforms/. Both completed forms are to be handed over to the aircraft crew or dropped within the deposit boxes available on exit from the Terminal Temperature Screening Points following arrival at Malta International Airport or with the Virtu Ferries crew at the check in counter, prior to departure from Pozzallo, Sicily.  A false declaration will be considered a criminal offence.

With effect from 22 August 2020 in accordance with Legal Notice 333 of 2020 (https://legislation.mt/eli/ln/2020/333/eng/pdf), persons travelling to Malta from the 'amber' list of corridor countries published from week to week on the foreign travel advice uk.gov website, must produce a negative PCR COVID-19 swab test result, which test must have been taken not longer than 72 hours prior to arrival in Malta. 

Please do check for regular travel updates prior to travel.

  • You can amend your dates of travel. 

If you would like to amend your dates of travel please contact our team by email with your preferred dates of travel to sales@belleair.co.uk where we will provide available options. This must be done prior to your departure date, any requests made less than 3 days prior to travel may not be able to be processed. Some 3rd parties may charge a fee for change which will be applied to your booking cost where applicable (any change in your holiday cost will be communicated before amending your booking).
We are experiencing a higher level than normal of change requests and will be replying to all change requests in date of travel order.

  • Change of name

You can change the name of passengers on the booking. Please contact our team by email with your required change to sales@belleair.co.uk where we will provide available options. This must be done prior to your departure date, any requests made less than 3 days prior to travel may not be able to be processed. Some 3rd parties may charge a fee for change which will be applied to your booking cost where applicable (any change in your holiday cost will be communicated before amending your booking).
We are experiencing a higher level than normal of change requests and will be replying to all change requests in date of travel order.

  • Cancellation

In the majority of cases, flights are still operating and we are able to provide the accommodation booked or a suitable alternative*, and therefore, unless we notify you otherwise, your package holiday will be able to proceed without any significant changes. Make sure you check your coverage with your travel insurers and ensure you have an EHIC card. If we need to cancel your holiday due to FCO or goverment advice resulting in a national UK lockdown we will cancel your holiday and offer you the option to amend your holiday dates or cancel and a Refund Credit Note will be issued.

If you choose to cancel your holiday, we will refund the hotel, transfer and holiday extra’s monies and we will waive our administration fees for processing the cancellation. As stated above, most airlines are continuing to fly as planned and are advising customers to travel to the airport as planned so if the flight operates, the flight cost and flight extra's costs (eg, any cost associated with the airline) will be non-refundable. Our ability to refund the flight cost will be dependent on the airline(s) cancelling and refunding your flights.

If your flight is subsequently cancelled prior to departure, then the full flight monies will be refunded following receipt of the flight refund from your airline. We cannot guarantee how long this refund process will take as it varies by airline and may take several weeks or months in the meantime a Refund Credit Note will be issued.

*suitable alternative means alternative accommodation that is of the same or better standard and is in the same location (i.e. it’s the same tourist destination) as your original accommodation.


FCO advice is not referred to anywhere in the Package Travel Regulations (PTRs). Regulation 12(7) of the PTRs states that in the event of unavoidable and extraordinary circumstances occurring at the place of destination or its immediate vicinity and which significantly affect:

(a)the performance of the package, or

(b)the carriage of passengers to the destination,

In this case, the flight is still operational so we are able to carry passengers to the destination, and the accommodation (or a suitable alternative) can be provided so the package can still be provided without its performance being significantly affected.

FCO advice against all but essential travel has previously meant that there is a clear and present threat to life resulting in a total shutdown of that destination and all flights to that destination stop. If this were the case currently with your destination, then flights from the UK would not remain operational in the volumes that they are. As you can see above, most airlines are continuing to fly to your destination.

On the government’s website they reference the following when advising how travel companies use the FCO advice:
“Travel companies and airlines often take our advice into account but the decision to cancel or reschedule a flight, holiday, tour or excursion is a decision that can only be taken by the travel company and the customer. The question of refunds is a matter that must be resolved between the customer and the relevant airline, tour operator or travel agent. We don’t dictate when travel can or can’t take place.” (Source: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/how-the-foreign-commonwealth-office-puts-together-travel-advice.)

  
For more info
You can contact the Malta Tourism Authority Helpline on telephone (+356) 21692447 or email tourismcovid-19helpline@visitmalta.com