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Latest Travel Updates

Seaweed in areas of Mexico and the Caribbean

Please note that some hotel beaches in Mexico are currently affected by an increased level of seaweed.

This is known as Sargassum which is a natural occurrence and is changing on a daily basis influenced by weather patterns and sea currents.

For safety reasons, from time to time the water sports/water based activities may not be available in these destinations due to this occurrence.

Please be assured that any hotels that are affected are working hard to remove the seaweed as quickly as possible.

Updated – 18 July 2019

Sri Lanka - FCO Travel Advice

Following the attacks on 21 April 2019, The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) have now amended the travel advice and are no longer advising against all but essential travel to Sri Lanka.

Customers booked to travel to Sri Lanka up to and including 31st October 2019, have been given a full refund or the option to amend to an alternative travel destination, subject to any additional costs.

For bookings from 1st November, we will continue to monitor the situation and will be in contact with customers should any changes to their travel arrangements be required. 

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to call our Service team on 0333 920 4326.

Updated – 9 August 2019

USA Travel - ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization)

It is mandatory for everyone travelling to, or transferring through the US under the Visa Waiver Program, to obtain approval via an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorisation). This must be applied for no later than 72 hours prior to travel by completing an online process. Virgin Holidays strongly recommend that our customers obtain ESTA approval as soon as possible - travellers can apply for an ESTA even if they have no firm plans to travel to the US.

Failure to obtain an ESTA could result in the passenger being denied boarding by the airline in the UK.

An ESTA is a paperless visa, the cost is approximately $14 per person, and it can be obtained by visiting Once completed & approved, the ESTA is valid for two years and allows multiple visits for stays of 90 days or less in the US, without the need to reapply.

If you need any further information on the ESTA or you have any other visa queries, then try the Visit USA Website at where further information on the scheme and up to date fee can also be found.

17 December 2018