TUI River Cruises dismisses holiday disruption fears despite German Covid rules

The UK’s biggest tour operator, TUI, has decided to calm any fears that its popular river cruise program could be affected by tough new Covid restrictions in Germany.

Much of the holiday schedule centers on the Rhine, with stops at traditional drop-off points in towns and villages along the river.

But Germany’s fourth wave of Covid is the most severe yet, and only those who have been vaccinated or recently recovered from the virus are allowed in restaurants, cinemas, leisure facilities and many shops.

There are also growing concerns about the spread of the Omicron variant, which EU health officials say is likely to cause more than half of all Covid cases over the next few months.

However, TUI has reassured its customers that their holiday trips will not be affected.

A TUI spokesperson said: “We continue to monitor the situation in Germany closely. Although there are closures and changes to Christmas markets across the country, this has not been a impact on our river cruise itineraries.

“The vast majority remain open and we are providing any additional lateral flow testing that our customers need to complete to visit the sites or enjoy experiences ashore in order for them to continue their vacations as planned.

“Guest response to our themed winter cruises has been overwhelmingly positive and guests enjoy the spectacular Rhine river scenery and take every opportunity to explore all it has to offer.”

All travelers returning to the UK will now have to take a PCR test on day two and self-isolate until they receive a negative test result.

Passengers who do not wish to travel and until December 19 inclusive can modify their stay free of charge. Refunds of credit notes cannot be offered to customers.

Changes to bank holidays can be made by calling 0203 451 2688.

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