If you’ve booked a flight to travel out of Bahrain in the next few months, you may be wondering if you should change your travel dates or even cancel your trip entirely.
With travel restrictions on many countries, you may not be able to travel at all.
Here we’ve rounded up all the latest information on how to rebook or get a refund on flights from Bahrain from different airlines.
If you’ve travelling to London Heathrow, or flying through Heathrow, you’ll be able to change your flights for no extra charge between March 3 and March 16.
You can change your booking to any date in the next year. If you’ve got a hotel or car package, there will be no fees charged either provided you change the booking more than 48 hours before travel. The fare difference will still applied.
You’ll be able to change the date of any booking made with Emirates Airlines before March 31 without an additional charge thanks to the airline’s waiver policy.
However, if there’s a difference in the airfare, you’ll still have to pay the extra amount.
Plus, your new date of travel must be within 11 months of the original date of purchase.
If your flight has been cancelled by the airline, such as for those flying to Saudi Arabia, you will be eligible for a refund or you can book a new flight once the restrictions have been lifted for travel until June 30.
The UAE’s second largest airline has said it will let travellers change the date or destination for all flights booked between March 9 and April 7 without incurring a charge.
In a statement on Monday (March 9), the airline said that any fair difference arising from the rebooking or rerouting will still be applied.
If your flight has been cancelled, you will also be able to get a refund. If you are due to fly via a country that you are no longer allowed to pass through, such as Iran, you will be able to reroute with no change fees.
Budget airline flydubai has said that any passengers affected by travel restrictions should email firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘Travel restrictions’ in the subject line to rebook to another destination or arrange a refund.
Bahrain’s national carrier will be giving customers a full refund if they are unable to fly because they have visited countries with travel restrictions in the 14 days prior to travel.
Plus, if you have booked a flight to/from Bangkok for travel between February 23 and March 31, you can rebook your flight for a different date up to 28 days after the original.
The fee change will be waived but you will need to pay the different in fare.
If you have booked a flight to Saudi Arabia that will be affected by travel restrictions, you will be contacted by the airline for a refund or to rebook.
If you’ve booked a flight with KLM before March 31, for travel between March 4 and May 31, you’ll be able to change your trip dates to before May 31 at no extra cost.
If you can no longer travel to your destination because of travel restrictions, you can get a full refund. You can apply for one online if your ticket number starts with 074, or by calling KLM’s customer service line.
Oman’s national carrier has suspended all flight change fees for flights booked between March 8 and May 31, for travel until October 31, no matter the destination.
Paul Starrs, Oman Air Chief Commercial Officer, said, “Our promise to our valued guests is quite simply this: Go ahead, make your flight bookings with us and there will be zero booking-change fees should you need to alter your travel plans.”