Following the announcement that Brits will soon have to be quarantined for 14 days after travelling abroad, some may want to cancel their holiday. But if you do this, will you be able to get a refund?

The prime minister Boris Johnson confirmed the new stricter measure in his address to the nation this evening.

It comes as thousands of Brits were waiting to see if they would be able to travel abroad this year.

But the new rules will put many people off - as it means you would have to take four weeks off work for a two week holiday if you travelled by plane.

Although further details haven't been announced, it is expected that the new quarantine rules will not apply to rail or ferry passengers.

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Here is the latest information on what you need to do if you want to cancel your trip abroad.

Can you cancel your summer holiday?

Travel operators are expected to announce their new policies on this shortly as many look to move their trip or secure a refund.

This new policy is expected to be introduced at the end of the month - affecting thousands of holidays.

The Foreign Office has warned UK nationals against all non-essential travel worldwide "indefinitely".

Under the Package Travel Regulations, you may be entitled to cancel your trip and secure a full cash refund from your tour operator.

And if you booked your package holiday with a defunct company, you will be able to get your money refunded through the ATOL scheme.

By law, every UK travel company that sells package holidays and flights is required to hold an ATOL certificate, which stands for Air Travel Organiser’s Licence.

If a travel company with an ATOL certificate goes defunct, the scheme is designed to protect customers who booked package holidays with the firm to ensure they don't end up out of pocket.

But ATOL protection sadly does not apply if you buy your flights directly from your airline.

It’s not clear how individual UK holiday firms intent to navigate this yet, we will update this story with further information as soon as possible.

Rory Boland, Editor of Which? Travel, has said the latest news will "add to the confusion" that Brit holidaymakers were facing.

He said: "The situation is chaotic: the guidance issued by the government against travelling abroad is indefinite, and yet some airlines and travel companies are selling flights and holidays due to depart within the next few weeks which carry no warning that they are unlikely to go ahead as planned.

"Airlines and holiday companies must now be given clear FCO guidance on what dates it is appropriate to sell flights and holidays for.

"The government must also urgently produce a plan to support the travel industry through this crisis, so carriers and holiday companies can comply with the law and refund consumers without fear of going bust.”

The Prime Minister says people will be forced to quarantine when entering the country
The new rules has quashed many holidaymakers plans

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the latest measures in his speech to the nation tonight.

In his speech, he said: "And I must stress again that all of this is conditional, it all depends on a series of big Ifs.

"It depends on all of us – the entire country – to follow the advice, to observe social distancing, and to keep that R down.

"And to prevent re-infection from abroad, I am serving notice that it will soon be the time – with transmission significantly lower – to impose quarantine on people coming into this country by air.

"And it is because of your efforts to get the R down and the number of infections down here, that this measure will now be effective.

"And of course we will be monitoring our progress locally, regionally, and nationally and if there are outbreaks, if there are problems, we will not hesitate to put on the brakes."

Tim Alderslade, CEO of Airlines UK, the industry association representing UK-registered carriers, said:

“Public health must of course be the priority and we respect the Sage advice.

"We all – including Government – need to adapt to the new normal but closing off air travel in this way is not the way to achieve this.

"Ministers are effectively telling people they can no longer travel for the foreseeable future and airlines will respond to that by grounding their operations – and that is why they require urgent additional Government support to get through this growing crisis.”