Coronavirus Travel Guidelines
As the world continues to fight Coranavirus Covid-19 the travel industry is trying to react as quickly as it can to this unprecedented situation. Terms and conditions are changing weekly as airlines stop flying, cruise ships park up and hotels close their doors, we try to keep our customers advised on Coronavirus Travel updates.
If you have a booking with us we will have been in contact and the options available to you described in as much detail as we have at the moment.
Latest Update 4 November 2020
The latest guidelines are for non-essential travel from the UK read more on the latest travel restrictions
Legally permitted reasons to travel out of England are listed on the Government site Click here
Book With Confidence
Thankfully a lot of operators are adjusting their terms and conditions to more flexible options allowing cancellations or amendments to bookings due to Covid-19. What this means for customers is that you can book with confidence, you will be safe in the knowledge that the operator we place your booking with will allow you to change your holiday should it not be able to go ahead due to COVID-19.
More so that ever we strongly recommend that every customer travelling overseas has a valid travel insurance policy with a trusted insurer that includes cover for Covid-19
Cover that you should look for is the possibility of Positive Covid test results pre to travelling, cancellation cover, medical cover and repatriation from worldwide destinations including those countries that are advising against all but essential travel.
What are Travel Corridors?
Travel Corridors have been introduced by the Government and are also known as an air bridge. The corridors allow passengers from the UK to travel to other countries specified on the Government website. A travel corridor, also known as an air bridge, allows passengers to travel on certain routes to and from specified countries and territories with low COVID-19 infection rates without the need to self-isolate for 14-days when they return to the UK.
As they change so often the best place to keep up to date is on the Government site with the latest countries click on UK Travel Corridors.
- What happens if I am travelling to a country that isn’t on the travel corridor list?
Upon return to the UK, you will be required to self-isolate for 14-days.
- What happens if I have a stop-over (transit stop) in a country, not on the travel corridor list?
If your journey involves a transit stop in a country not on the list, you will need to self-isolate when you arrive in England if:
new passengers get on, or, you or other passengers get off the transport you are on and mix with other people, then get on again.
- You do not need to self-isolate beyond normal timescales if, during your transit stop in a non-exempt country:
no new passengers get on, nobody on-board gets off and mixes with people outside, or, passengers get off but do not get back on.
Returning To The UK
- Each passenger must fill out and complete the Government passenger locator online form 48-hours prior to arriving into the UK. This includes both visitors and citizens.
The information provided will be used to contact passengers if someone on your flight, ship or train tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).
Click here to complete the form
All UK passport holders and customers, we suggest that you monitor the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) for the latest travel advice. You can sign up for email updates on a country you are planning to visit. For the latest travel advice follow this link Travelling from the UK
To check the entry requirements for each country check the Government travel advice by clicking here
Alternatively, to stay up to date with the World Health Organisation (WHO)
Entry into the US requires an Embassy issued visa or ESTA. ESTA’s are currently not accepted, keep checking the US updates for more information.
We have also listed below some of the key facts we have discovered as we have been processing our bookings.
The key facts are;
As a country, we are now advised only to travel if essential
This could affect departures into May 2021 but we will keep all customers posted of any change in departures.
Lockdown Two is happening in many countries and not just the UK
Tour operators, airlines, hotels are all struggling with the mass cancellation of holidays and trips. There is just not the money there to refund everyone. In order to save the industry, travel credit notes have been introduced. What this means is that your money is still ATOL protected and even if an operator was to fail you would be able to claim that money back.
Amend and change dates is the advice for travel. Most companies are allowing this free of charge and allowing bookings up to 31 December 2021 and some into 2022
Visa waiver programs have been removed for a lot of countries and we may find this stays for some time. Countries want to control who now enters. When travel starts again we may not get such easy entry.
Cruiselines remain parked up until the end of December and schedules are being amended to reflect the bans now being imposed on them by certain countries. These dates could extend into March 2021 departures too. Australia, New Zealand and world cruises have all been cancelled for 2021 and 2022 itineraries are out now to book.
Testing is becoming common by some countries on arrival to the country and temperatures recorded. Quarantine hotels are made available some at no additional charge.
Operators are still selling holidays for departures up to 31 December 2021 and some for 2022. Booking conditions are good with low deposits and a guarantee of amendments free of charge if required. Some clients are grabbing the deals for Christmas departures and beyond. We are of course here to assist with all your travel requirements.
Lots of free child places have arrived for summer 2021 departures to encourage bookings. If you are thinking of holidays why not consider booking now. Free amendments and delayed departures are on offer if this continues.
For those customers that love to get away for Christmas now is the time to be planning as offers are available but with routes reduced availability is getting tight, with low deposits and the ability to amend free of charge.
Information is constantly changing from day to day so if you are concerned about a booking, wondering if you should be travelling, just pick up the phone or email for more information. As your local travel agent, we are here to help.