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ATOL Bonded Holidays to Morocco

Naturally Morocco has been a market leader in creating bespoke holidays to Morocco since 1996, and we are ATOL protected. The ATOL scheme is the UK government's licensing scheme to protect customers in the case that a holiday company fails.

What is ATOL?

ATOL (“Air Tour Operators Licence”) is a licensing scheme for travel companies designed to provide financial protection for air holidays packages booked by consumers with licensed tour operators. It is operated by the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority ("CAA").

In other words it is an insurance scheme in case an ATOL protected holiday is not delivered due to the failure of the tour operator.

What does ATOL do?

ATOL is a Government guarantee to protect air holiday packages that have been booked with ATOL holders. Air holiday packages are holidays that include a flight starting or ending in the UK and either accommodation or other holiday element in the destination country – elements that have been purchased together from the same tour operator or holiday company.

What does ATOL cost?

Annually the tour operator or holiday company must renew its ATOL and is subjected to inspection of its finances and operations at that time, for which the company pays a fee to the CAA.

For the consumer a contribution of £2.50 per person is made for an ATOL bonded holiday, which is paid to the CAA – Naturally Morocco includes this in the total cost of a holiday.

What Protection does ATOL Give?

The CAA states that - if the company you choose to travel with is ATOL protected, it means that the money you pay for your holiday is safe. If the travel company fails, ATOL will provide a refund or allow you to complete your holiday and bring you home.

How do I Check An ATOL?

ATOL is a very cost competitive insurance scheme, so is highly recommended when booking a holiday (if you book a flight and accommodation at the same time in the UK, the holiday company must provide ATOL cover).

ATOL coverage can easily be checked on the CAA website – Naturally Morocco’s ATOL number is 6228.

CAUTION - if You Build Your Own Holiday

It you book your flights and accommodation yourself with different providers your money and holiday could be at risk if one of element of your holiday collapses - you may have accommodation but no flight or vice versa.

For more information on ATOL, and the standard wording provided by the CAA.