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Holiday next week.. Would you cancel ?

99 replies

Lucy2999 · 14/03/2020 07:59


I’m due to go on holiday next week (Friday) to Dubai .. a group of us are going and it’s for a birthday . We have all spent a lot of money and it’s been booked way in advance.

there has been no talk of cancelling amongst the group especially not by the persons who’s birthday it is who is adamant this will not ruin their bday Confused

However Abu Dhabi have now closed all restaurants and bars untill end of March .. if Dubai do the same what would be the point is going ??

Dubai isn’t effected half as much as Europe (85 cases I think ) but obviously risk of them closing their borders whilst we’re out there and us getting stuck is real being on a plane etc.

And also possibly catching it bringing it home etc. I am inclined to cancel.

obviously going somewhere that is a hot spot area such as Spain /Italy I wouldn't even consider it. But what’s the advice on going to places that aren’t badly effected ?

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Coronaflicted · 14/03/2020 15:29

Yes Lucy I have just talked to my DH in Dubai It looks official no visa issued from 17th. I guess we just wait for Emirates to confirm it and we should get our money back or the option to reschedule. At least we know one way or the other I have been tying myself in knots about it as as well as wanting to see my DH. I was bringing my DD with me to Dubai who is sitting A levels in May and panicking they might close the boundaries after we arrive and be trapped there. Great for me not so great for her!


Parker231 · 14/03/2020 15:35

@madroid - where is it posted that travel restrictions will be announced next week?


MyPartInHistory · 14/03/2020 15:35

LOL about the person who wanted to go for a fortnight to "get away from the madness"! This is just the start of it.


Somewheredreamingofcheesecake · 14/03/2020 15:57

Madroid is making a prediction. As I did about the UAE closing borders, which then came (partly) true within hours. Abu Dhabi has also closed cinemas and play centres since I first messages and Dubai has closed nightclubs which presumably means bars as well. I've also seen some parks announcing closures which probably means all parks and beaches are next.


whatareyoucooking · 14/03/2020 16:05

Mypartinhistory yup that was my family member. Loads of money, not much sense. He hears the "two week" quarantine thing bandied about and assumes everything will be fine in a fortnight Grin

I sent him that link he said "well I'm going SOMEWHERE I'm not staying here!"

Pfft good luck.


lifeisgoodmostofthetime · 14/03/2020 16:07

I got back from Dubai on Monday and it was very calm over there. The schools and nurseries are closed for 3 months. People were just carrying on as usual. Maybe wait until mid week and see what the situation is and what is being advised. Go to the Marina where the speed boat and dhow boat are amazing. Hope you have fun if you do go


bigbluebus · 14/03/2020 16:25

I was due to fly out tomorrow to a country with no recorded cases. FCO advice is still to go. We are also a group of 3 friends and I was the birthday girl! We have taken the decision this morning to cancel at a loss to ourselves of £3k+. But as the world is slowly closing down, the medical facilities were virtually non existant and the perceived ability to get out of there again has been the deal breaker for me. I am somewhat disturbed however to see on a Facebook page relating to the resort that people who have had holidays to other destinations are rebooking to this one! With every flight that lands the possibility of cv infection is increased and there is no infrastructure to cope with a outbreak. I find it hard to believe that people put their 'need' for a holiday in the sun ahead of the safety and lives of other.


Lucy2999 · 14/03/2020 16:36

@Somewheredreamingofcheesecake What’s your problem ? there is really no need to be shitty I was simply asking a question the article was confusing it said Abu Dhabi at the start of the article.

As for entry requirements flying from the uk we don’t apply for any type of visas. Our passport is stamped on arrival which yes I was not aware was a visa as you get stamped in many countries when you arrive.

The article isn’t clear it says entry visas and doesn’t specify which type of this is all tourists or what.

It is what it is I have insurance I just wanted clarity on the matter

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Springsnake · 14/03/2020 16:43

No ,you will end up stuck out there ,no shops and restaurants open ,and if you became ill where would you rather be??what if you already have it ,you become ill over there and your not allowed to fly home .
Sod not upsetting your friend.
If she’s a decent friend she will say ,let’s cancel


Somewheredreamingofcheesecake · 14/03/2020 17:54

Oddly enough I know what the entry requirements are. Your passport is stamped with a visa which allows a 30 day stay. It's pretty obviously a visa, given it says visa and all. You should not be travelling without checking the entry requirements of the country you are travelling to, Coronavirus or no Coronavirus.

On this thread you have had multiple people tell you not to travel and explain why and you have challenged every time.

The headline of the article said UAE. It also says all visas. What visas do you think it's excluding if not tourist visas? Why would you challenge several people who told you it meant you couldn't enter?

It's extremely selfish to travel at the moment particularly from a country with a government that has decided 'herd immunity' is the way to go. People are still travelling and as a result the country's closing down visas. This is a major issue for many people in this country but I don't blame the UAE for taking this decision. It has no choice. That's what my problem is!


Lucy2999 · 14/03/2020 18:49

I have literally not challenged anyone at all? Looool I’ve only responded directly to you and maybe one other person out of the 86 posts on this page.

Anyway I don’t argue with strangers on the internet get a grip

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Coronaflicted · 15/03/2020 12:56

@Lucy2999. It would seems the UAE article yesterday wasn’t accurate . Visas on entry still being issued to UK citizens so you can still go if you want to. In saying that Dubai and Abu Dhabi have been closing nightclubs gyms cinemas beaches and tourist attractions like the Louvre so there may be nothing to do when you get there! Also things are changing daily so who knows what it might look like tomorrow


Lucy2999 · 15/03/2020 12:59

thanks I have seen the latest updates and yes seems the article wasn’t accurate.

Looks like the rude messages I received from one particular poster regarding that article were for nothing as I was correct all along anyways we will be cancelling the holiday 🤷🏼‍♀️

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Lucy2999 · 15/03/2020 13:00

We will be deciding to cancel but also just to add we spoke to all the events and restaurants we had booked All have said operating as usual.

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daisypond · 15/03/2020 13:07

we are due to travel 2 weeks today to france to ski.
France has closed its ski lifts.


Lucy2999 · 15/03/2020 13:18

@daisy yeah I heard .. I had family who were meant to be there this weekend. They cancelled

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Somewheredreamingofcheesecake · 15/03/2020 13:54

Seems they clarified which is good news. That was what the article said though and it was also the FCO's position today!

Sorry you think I was rude. I still hold that it is madness to travel without having checked visa requirements for the country you're going to. I also still hold it would have been very selfish to travel.

Not sure what you had booked but most events are cancelled in Dubai now. It honestly would have been a miserable trip. Beaches are closed, parks are closed, nightclubs are closed and cinemas are closed.


Crackerofdoom · 15/03/2020 14:00

For anyone with foreign travel plans, the UK now has coronavirus.

It doesn't matter about the chances of you getting it there, it is the chances of you taking it with you which is far more important.


Somewheredreamingofcheesecake · 15/03/2020 14:02

Quite! The government itself acknowledges that the UK has more that 10,000 cases.


halcyondays · 15/03/2020 14:04

Cancel, even if you lose your money. It’s just not worth the risk of going anywhere now and not knowing if you’ll be able to get back.


SnoozyLou · 15/03/2020 14:18

I'd plan to go until I was told not to

Someone I know did that. She was just "lucky" I guess. Got her flight to Tenerife ok. Now she's stuck there and can't get back.

Don't expect any help from the Embassy if this happens to you. I'm not sure they're a massive help at the best of times, but it people will continue to put themselves in harms way for the sake of a holiday, on their heads be it.


HoldMyLobster · 15/03/2020 14:39

For me it is very confusing, we are due to travel 2 weeks today to france to ski. currently are holiday company is saying no refunds at all as there is no restrictions on travel, and ski resorts all open.

You might want to check again.

The resort of Val Thorens has just announced on its Facebook page the total closure of its ski area: "The French government announced this Saturday evening new measures applicable from this evening, Saturday March 14 at midnight. These new directives tell us impose to close the Val Thorens ski area from Sunday morning and for the rest of the season. This decision also applies to bars, restaurants and all non-essential shops. We are awaiting further information from the government in this regard. which concerns the modalities of departure from the Val Thorens resort ".

For people who have already purchased a pass this week, it will be possible to be reimbursed pro rata by the ski lift company.

The Tignes and Les Arcs resorts close their ski area
This Saturday evening, the resorts of Tignes and Les Arcs announced on their Facebook pages the closure of their ski area until the end of the season. "It is with a heavy heart that we are announcing this decision, underlines the Arcadian station. The funicular and the inter-station shuttles remain in service for the moment. We are of course following the directives of our government."
For its part, Tignes indicates that "in accordance with the latest directives announced this Saturday, March 14, the resort is forced to close its ski area as well as its bars, restaurants and night establishments from this Saturday midnight. Take care of yourself and your loved ones, all mobilized and responsible for the health situation we are facing. "

Val-d'Isère will make a decision this Sunday morning
On Facebook, the Val-d'Isère resort says "it will probably be forced to close its ski area". A more detailed communication on the situation will take place this Sunday morning.

Ski area also closed in La Plagne
The resort of La Plagne also announced the closure of its entire ski area this Sunday, March 15 in the morning. A decision taken in consultation with the SIGP (Syndicat Intercommunal de la Grande Plagne) and the municipalities of La Plagne Tarentaise, Aime-la-Plagne and Champagny-en-Vanoise. "Vacationers are invited to leave the resort. For this, repatriation solutions are being studied to ensure the return of vacationers who come by bus or train in the best conditions."


SorryDidISayThatOutLoud · 15/03/2020 16:45

We went to Prague on Thursday. On Friday the restaurants and shops all closed at 8pm. By Saturday all shops and restaurants were closed. We could get no food or drink. Except the hotel mini bar! We found a kiosk with baguettes and crisps and made tea and coffee in our room. All museums and public places shut.
Then. The flight cancelled and the airline could not be contacted. Got the credit card out and spent ages and eventually managed to book one to Scotland. We then got a train back home at the other end of the UK.
Prague was a ghost town. Their government was taking it all very seriously.
£750 later- Very glad to be home and will be going nowhere for a very long time! Luckily I can WFH.
My advice to anyone even considering a holiday is - do not do it. Things changed where we were overnight.
Czech closed the borders but we arrived the day before. We could leave but three quarters of the flights were cancelled so prices were extortionate and that's if you can get one.


halcyondays · 15/03/2020 17:04

I can’t understand why the government isn’t advising against non essential travel anywhere outside the country. There’s now 30,000 Brits trying to get home from ski resorts in France and the holiday company wants the government to help bring them back.

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