COVID-19 - latest road map update from Fiona
It's good to know we have now moved passed 19 July and are into our new phase of the road to recovery.
While the war is not over, our vaccine programme has enabled us to reach this latest milestone in the battle against the pandemic.
Currently you may visit these countries on the 'green' travel list without quarantine in either direction:
Gibraltar, Malta, Iceland, Bulgaria, Hong Kong, the Faroe Islands, Brunei, the Falkland Islands, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Ascension Islands, Tristan da Cunha and St Helena, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands.
Whilst not a large list, it is a step in the right direction.
Not all countries will allow UK citizens in so you should check the rules for arrivals into those locations.
A further sixteen locations are on the Green Watchlist (meaning they could be changed back to amber at any time). Most of these are in the Caribbean but we are pleased to see that the British Antarctic Territory has been added to this list.
The UK Government will continue to operate a traffic-light system for international travel, reassessing the red, amber and green lists every three weeks throughout the summer.
A reminder of the 'traffic light' system for travelling abroad where countries are categorised according to their virus levels.
Travellers arriving or departing from a "green" destination won't need to quarantine.
Those who've holidayed in most "amber" destinations won't need to quarantine if they have had both Covid-19 vaccinations.
As for "red" destinations, arrivals will still be sent to the UK's quarantine hotels.
There will still be requirements for PCR testing before and after arrival.
For exact details and all the latest rules visit this link: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/red-amber-and-green-list-rules-for-entering-england
From 16 August if you’re fully vaccinated or under 18, you will not need to self-isolate following close contact with someone who has COVID-19. You’ll still need to take a PCR test and self-isolate if it’s positive.
The rules may be different if you live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland so please check here: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
We now eagerly await the further lifting of international travel restrictions.
In the meantime, rest assured we are here for you. Use the coming weeks to plan your next holiday and contact us for friendly advice, holiday ideas or firm quotations on 2021 bookings and beyond. Many overseas partners have already geared up for travel in 2022 and 2023 and we expect to demand to suddenly take off, so it’s never too early to plan.
With our COVID-19 FLEXIBLE BOOKING POLICY you can be confident in making a booking, safe in the knowledge that in the event of further restrictions, we will be poised to rebook or refund your holiday arrangements as the situation allows.
20 July 2021
THE FAR FRONTIERS TRAVEL/ARCTURUS COVID-19 FLEXIBLE BOOKING POLICY
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic Far Frontiers Travel/Arcturus will aim to make the booking process as flexible and confidence inspiring as possible and where special conditions apply will adopt the flexible booking policies of all our overseas suppliers.
In addition, we offer our own layer of flexibility where your travel plans may be affected by any future COVID-19 outbreak and I will personally work with you to achieve the best outcome:
a) Should the UK Foreign Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) change its guidance to advise against all but essential travel to the destination you are booked to visit, you have the option to postpone your holiday, rebook to a different destination or receive a refund.
b) Should your booking be impacted by COVID-19 in any other way, you have the option to change the destination of your existing trip or if this is not possible to postpone your trip to the next possible departure date. This will be done without us imposing additional charges. However, if applicable, you would be required to cover any difference in cost for the new trip.