What is ABTA? How does ABTA protect my holiday?

Updated: May 6, 2021

Things have been tough over the last 12 months, with coronavirus severely restricting our ability to travel around the UK and overseas. Uncertainty around travel remains and that’s why it’s important to be able to book your long-awaited holidays with travel professionals you can trust. All ABTA members commit to delivering high standards for their customers by signing up to ABTA’s Code of Conduct, which governs areas such as accurate advertising, fair terms of trading, changes to bookings and managing customer complaints.

Why book with an ABTA Member?


ABTA Members offer a wide range of holidays and their travel professionals are on hand to provide you with expert advice. Whether you want a week on the beach, a thrill-seeking adventure holiday or a weekend city break, they’ll help you find the perfect trip for you so you can book with confidence.

Many travel professionals have lived in or extensively visited the destinations they advise on. This means they can offer an authentic insight into what a destination is like.

They’ll also be able to explain how a holiday may differ in light of the coronavirus pandemic, including:

  • guidance on country requirements, including the latest Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) travel advice.

  • information on how the journey to and from the destination country may differ

  • guidance on in-destination rules and regulations, such as social distancing or mask requirements.

  • guidance on accommodation specific rules or changes, such as mealtime protocols or which facilities are open/closed.

In addition, Member travel professionals will be able to offer guidance around entry and visa requirements, particularly for travelling in Europe as a result of Brexit.


You can be reassured that package holidays sold to you in the European Economic Area (EEA) by our Members are financially protected. This means should your travel company go out of business you will be able to continue your holiday as planned or get your money back.

Financial protection schemes include ABTA’s own scheme as well as ATOL which covers all flight-based packages. Many ABTA Members also offer additional financial protection for services such as hotels or flights, which may not automatically be protected.

If you book your holiday with a travel company from outside the EEA, this protection won’t apply unless the ABTA Member has voluntarily opted to protect your holiday or unless a different scheme applies. You should ask your travel company to see whether your holiday is protected either voluntarily by the travel company, or under another scheme.