COVID-19 - the roadmap - update from Fiona
It's good to know we have a roadmap to work to and a vaccine programme ahead of target.
Today we have the first group of countries on the 'green' travel list which means that after 17 May 2021 you may visit these countries without quarantine in either direction:
Portugal, Israel, Gibraltar, Iceland, 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.
We now eagerly await the regular review of this list every three weeks and the lifting of international travel restrictions in less than two weeks.
Keep an eye on this link for more details of which countries you can return from without the need to self- isolate: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-travel-corridors
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 will still need to take a pre-departure test, plus a PCR test on or before day two of their arrival back in the UK. They won't need to quarantine.
Those who've holidayed in "amber" destinations will need to quarantine for 10 days, take a pre-departure test and also get a PCR test on day two and day eight of their quarantine. The test to release system will remain an option.
As for "red" destinations, arrivals will still be sent to the UK's quarantine hotels and be subject to the same testing requirements as "amber" arrivals.
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.
7 May 2021
THE FAR FRONTIERS TRAVEL COVID-19 FLEXIBLE BOOKING POLICY
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic Far Frontiers Travel 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.