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Ziglu reveals that the UK residents face cancelling the US and European holidays

By Joy Dumasia

December 30, 2021

  • British Travellers
  • Covid
  • COVID-19

New research from Ziglu shows nearly nine million holidaymakers face potentially having to cancel or rearrange trips to the US or mainland Europe that they booked before the introduction of new travel restrictions,

Its study, conducted before new rules requiring people travelling to the UK to submit evidence of a negative COVID test before returning and new French restrictions on UK holidaymakers. Combine this with tighter regulations on vaccinations in many popular destinations; found nearly one in five adults – around 8.99 million adults – had booked trips to mainland Europe or the US for the next six months.

They have spent an average of £1,840 on their trips abroad, with more than one in three saying that they had splashed out on more expensive holidays than usual as a treat after not being able to travel freely recently. 

Those spending more are on average paying £1,000 extra for their trips, but around 570,000 Brits say they have spent an additional £2,000 on top of the usual amount they would spend on a holiday. For many, it is a holiday of a lifetime; around two-fifths of those booked to go to the US have never been before, while nearly half (47%) last visited two to three years ago. A third of those booked for European destinations have not been for more than two years.

The research by Ziglu, which offers interest-bearing investment accounts alongside its sterling current account plus US dollar and Euro accounts and a curated selection of cryptocurrencies, found another 15% of adults were planning to book holidays in the next six months before new restrictions were introduced.

 Mark Hipperson, Founder and CEO of Ziglu, said: “The Omicron variant has forced Governments around the world to introduce new restrictions to help slow the spread, and this means disruption for millions of people who have booked holidays. The decision whether or not to travel will be difficult given the need for COVID tests and the possibility of having to quarantine with all the disruption that leads to. The inevitable result will be that many cancel or postpone their trips. Travel companies and some airlines are trying their best to be flexible regarding refunds, but many holidaymakers will end up out of pocket as a result of the changes.”

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