From 19 July 2021 for amber destinations on the UK Government list – customers travelling back from these destinations will not be required to self-quarantine for those customers who have been double jabbed in the UK, all you will be required to do is (for the most part, but not exclusively)is take a COVID-19 PCR Test 72 hours prior to flying, another test in resort 72 hours prior to coming home and one test on day 2 once you are back home. For green destinations, the requirements are easier and full details for each destination should be checked out on the Government websites for each destination applicable. The most important thing is the UK Government FCDO advice, as it is this point that insurance companies look at for clarity and if non-essential travel is allowed, they will make sure insurance policies are indeed valid.
Here is a list of destinations we feature across our portfolio which are currently either green, or amber status and the Foreign Office advice is allowing non-essential travel. This includes our new venues in the Caribbean such as Sandy Lane Hotel, Barbados and the Colony Club in addition to exciting new venues like Cap Maison, St Lucia and Round Hill in Jamaica and the Mandarin Oriental on Canouan Island. Here are the lists:-
Barbados, St Lucia, Canouan Island, Bermuda, Jamaica, Portugal, Madeira, Majorca, Tenerife, La Gomera, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, Greece and Cyprus (Southern Cyprus), France, and Scotland. Our domestic programme was launched in 2021 and is the most simple place to book this summer for sure, with or without flights, we feature the Islands, The Highlands, North Berwick, Troon, Turnberry, St Andrews and Aberdeenshire, the months of August top October are ideal with the overseas market including the USA being non-existent this year.
Mauritius and the Seychelles are currently amber status and the UK Government FCDO Advice is non essential travel is now allowed to Mauritius, meaning insurance policies are valid, this is great news, as the Island is our biggest Long Haul Venue, plus these countries have excellent records of small infection levels and good vaccination programmes across their small populations.
The following destinations are not necessarily RED status, but they are for the most part, so currently we would definitely advise against travel, or it is in fact just not possible to travel yet at this point in time, but each destination may of course open up in the next 6 months… most of these countries have had issues more recently with bad infection rates, or at least poor progress on vaccination programmes.
Italy, including Sicily, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Argentina, Chile, Japan, South Africa, Turkey, Singapore and the Dominican Republic, Dubai, Oman and Abu Dhabi.
This is a constantly moving picture and can change on a daily basis, as a traveller you are always recommended to keep up to date with Government Advice and not just take advice from your Travel Operator. If you need any advice on PCR Testing Companies, or holiday insurance we can make referrals and suggestions with no bias at all, all with a level of Covid-19 cover. To reiterate, if the UK Government FCDO advice is non-essential travel is allowed, then your holiday insurance is valid. We simply don’t recommend anyone risking booking a RED destination and we underline that a green watch list destination can turn amber, but that is not as tricky as it was, because you will not have to self-isolate as you had to previously coming home from an amber destination, you now just need to take a test on day 2 of your return, as well as a test 72 hrs prior to flying home. Italy is expected to go onto the green list soon, or at least amber which would be a welcome change, currently you have to self-isolate in Italy for 5 days if you are a UK Citizen.
Don’t forget now that we are out of the EU everyone has to travel to the EU with at least 6 months of validity on their passport.
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