Covid 19 - Dates-and-Buy tickets -- UK-Poland

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1. Posted by JaviM (First Time Poster 1 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Hi all,

I have to do a trip from the UK to Poland and obviously it has been on hold due all this situation.

On some news I can read the flights may start again in May/June:

On the help pages of the airlines, I can’t find any specific information, but they do sell tickets from mid/end of May onwards.
https://www.google.com/flights?hl=en#flt=/m/04jpl.KRK.2020-05-22*KRK./m/04jpl.2020-05-26;c:GBP;e:1;sd:1;t:f (< ERROR: the link title is too long!)

  1. Is it OK to buy the tickets?
  2. Is there any solid source of information that support those dates?
  3. Any experience on it?

Thanks.

2. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1447 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

The answer partly depends on the need of your trip. If it's a business trip, you could get the tickets​ and make sure they are refundable or transferable in case circumstances change.

On the other hand, if you are planning sightseeing and a vacation-type trip, you may want to wait and see if hotels, restaurants and any sights you want to visit will be open when you are there. Also, if there is a second wave of the virus, you may face quarantine restrictions.

In either case be sure you can change your tickets or transfer them. Tough planning travel right now . . .

3. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 1269 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

First of all, if you are a UK citizen you should be aware that the UK has advised against all but essential travel to any country. That means any travel or travel health insurance you have will not be valid. Until that advice changes you should be very careful about flying anywhere: check with your insurer first.

At the moment, non-Schengen citizens are not allowed into Schengen countries. Poland is a Schengen country. There has been no indication when that restriction may be lifted.

If you are not a UK citizen you should check the travel advice given by your country of citizenship.

>Is it OK to buy the tickets?

Buying flights through an agency is never a good idea, imo, and an even worse idea at the moment. If the flight is cancelled you will have to deal with the agency, not the airline. It is much, much better to buy tickets on the airline's own website but don't expect to get your money back if the flight is cancelled. If that happens you will probably be offered a voucher.

>Is there any solid source of information that support those dates?

Nothing at all except that Wizzair (for example) has begun to fly some routes from the UK.

>Any experience on it?

No. As I said, UK citizens are advised against all but essential travel. Of the flights which are still running, many are repatriation flights either bringing UK citizens back to the UK or taking non-UK citizens from the UK to their country of citizenship.

4. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1994 posts) 3w 1 Star this if you like it!

Quoting leics2

Wizzair (for example) has begun to fly some routes from the UK.

Of the flights which are still running, many are repatriation flights either bringing UK citizens back to the UK or taking non-UK citizens from the UK to their country of citizenship.

Yes, I've been on quite a few Wizzair flights, I think every time the vast majority were Eastern Europeans going home. (I guess it shows that I go to odd places.) So yes I think the resumption of flights is all about Poles travelling home.

5. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 1269 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

>I think the resumption of flights is all about Poles travelling home.

I don't think Wizzair is flying to Poland yet. As far as I know it is only flying Luton to Hungary, Bulgaria , Romania & Portugal. I suspect many of those flying into the UK from those destinations will be the farm workers who are absolutely essential if we are to harvest our crops.

[ Edit: Edited on 06-May-2020, 20:36 GMT by leics2 ]

6. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1994 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Quoting leics2

>I think the resumption of flights is all about Poles travelling home.

I don't think Wizzair is flying to Poland yet. As far as I know it is only flying Luton to Hungary, Bulgaria , Romania & Portugal. I suspect many of those flying into the UK from those destinations will be the farm workers who are absolutely essential if we are to harvest our crops.

I spoke imprecisely. Travelling between homes in Europe and work in the UK. And I assumed Poland as that's where the OP is interested in going.

7. Posted by Stefmuts (Respected Member 182 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

1) Is it OK to buy the tickets?
I would not buy just yet as nothing is certain or at least make sure they are refundable

2) Is there any solid source of information that support those dates?
No, countries are slowly coming out of lock-down and there is no knoledge how that's going to turn out, only if numbers stay the same or keep decreasing they can set dates definitifly

3) Any experience on it?
No, this situation is like nothing anyone has experienced

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