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How to get insurance for a cruise holiday if you travel against FCO advice

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British holidaymakers planning a trip overseas are facing more rules than ever before.

The unprecedented blanket quarantine that was enforced for arrivals to the UK on June 8 was usurped by travel corridors on June 29. Now a weekly Government update that leaves tourists on tenterhooks each Thursday evening – will they need to rush back from abroad or self-isolate on their return? – has created fresh uncertainty.

Britons who wish to take a cruise overseas may think it is all but impossible at the moment – especially should you wish to secure insurance for the trip. However, while the options are limited and restrictions complex, it can be done.

To start, most major ocean cruise lines have put sailings on hold, some into 2021. Plus, in the early months of the pandemic, Covid outbreaks on cruise ships stoked controversy. Even as the industry has worked tirelessly

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What is the latest Foreign Office travel advice?

Simon Calder
Simon Calder

One of the key determinants of whether Brits can travel abroad this summer following the global coronavirus pandemic is the Foreign Office travel advice.

The FCO keeps individual country pages on its website regularly updated, with all the latest information and warnings about potential risks, such as political unrest, natural disasters and terror attacks.

If the FCO advises against “all but essential travel” to a country, it invalidates travellers’ insurance, and visiting there is at your own risk.

Here’s everything you need to know about the current advice.

What is the latest Foreign Office advice?

The FCO has been advising British nationals against all but essential international travel since 23 March. However, this advice has now been lifted for 67 destinations as of 4 July.

This list is separate from the one issued by the Department for Transport, which details 59 “travel corridor” destinations from where travellers can

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