Helpful information regarding Coronavirus and your holiday with us.
Your holiday options depending on Travel Advice
Your holiday will operate as planned. We will only cancel your holiday in the following instances;
- The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) advises against non-essential travel to the country which you are travelling.
- If the government for the destination you’re travelling to decides to enforce quarantine on arrival and there isn’t the option to forgo this quarantine period by providing evidence of a negative COVID-19 test or being double vaccinated.
Should we need to cancel your holiday for the reasons above, we will offer the opportunity to:
- Move your holiday to a future date at no charge.
- Offer you a refund credit note that can be redeemed against a future holiday. Your refund credit note will be financially protected by either the ATOL or ABTOT regulator, depending on your individual booking.
- Obtain a full refund.
If you no longer wish to go on holiday but the FCDO are saying it is safe to go to your destination, you will have the following options:
- You can cancel your holiday and you will be subject to our normal Terms & Conditions
- We can move your holiday to a future date and again will be subject to our normal Terms & Conditions
Coronavirus testing and requirements to travel
Please see below guidance for you on what tests and documentation you may require when travelling to Italy and returning home:
Travelling to Italy
Italy will accept the UK’s proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record as the equivalent to a green pass.
If you travel from the UK and can demonstrate that you are fully vaccinated, you can enter Italy without needing to self-isolate if you also:
- Fill in the passenger locator form (EU PLF) before you enter Italy to get a QR code to show to your travel provider and Border Police. You can ask for paper form if you do not have an electronic device
- Show evidence of a negative PCR or antigen test, taken within 48 hours before entering Italy
If you are not fully vaccinated then the rules are different please check the FCDO information here.
Travelling back to the UK
If you are fully vaccinated
This is what you need to do if you qualify under the fully vaccinated rules for travel to England.
Before you travel to England – fully vaccinated
Before you travel to England you must:
- take a COVID-19 test – to be taken in the 2 days before you travel to England
- book and pay for a COVID-19 PCRtest – to be taken after you arrive in England
- complete a passenger locator form– to be completed in the 48 hours before you arrive in England
If you’re in England for less than 2 days, you still need to book and pay for a day 2 COVID-19 test. You must quarantine until you receive a negative test result, or until you leave England, whichever is sooner.
When you arrive in England – fully vaccinated
After you arrive in England you must take a COVID-19 PCR test. This is the test that you booked before travel.
You can take the test any time after you arrive and before the end of day 2 at the latest. The day you arrive is day 0.
You must quarantine in your home or the place you are staying while you await your test result.
If your test result is negative, you can end your quarantine.
If your test result is positive, you must self-isolate for 10 full days. The day of the test is day 0.
If your test result is unclear, you must self-isolate for 10 full days. The day you took the test is day 0.
If your test result is unclear, you can choose to take another private test. If the result of that test is negative, you can stop self-isolating.
If your PCR test result is delayed, you must quarantine until you receive a negative test result or until day 14 after arrival, whichever is sooner
If you are not fully vaccinated the rules are different, please check here for info and scroll to ‘If you are not fully vaccinated’
Please note that an NHS PCR test cannot be used for travel purposes.
More information on testing before your return can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-testing-for-people-travelling-to-england.
Where to get your tests
One of our biggest priorities is to make testing as easy and affordable as possible for you. We also recommend you sign up for FCDO travel advice email alerts, so you can automatically receive the latest travel requirements and travel advice updates for the destinations you wish to hear about.
Testing Packages that are Government Approved
We’re doing everything we can to help you with testing, for both your journey to and from your holiday destination. We’ve provided you with some links below to some testing providers that are reliable and of great value. The information is provided below should you wish to use their services.
Please ensure that you verify with your chosen supplier that the test will satisfy the requirements for the destination you are travelling to (including return to the UK) and that the supplier can comply with the strict timescales you will have to adhere to. We cannot be held responsible for any third-party suppliers’ delay or otherwise failure to provide a suitable test result.
Lateral Flow/Antigen Tests
If you need a lateral flow test for the country that you are travelling to in addition to the one you will require to complete on your return to the UK, then we highly recommend using ‘Project Screen‘.
You can order these easy to use kits, they are both the same kit for leaving or returning to the UK.
Simply, order your tests, register your information on the website (instructions are provided), complete the test and after 15 minutes take a picture of the result to upload it to their website. You’ll then get a certificate emailed to you with your result.
Project Screen: https://www.projectscreen.co.uk/fit-to-fly/lfa-home-test/
Covid Vaccine Status
You can download the NHS App as it now provides evidence of your covid vaccination status. For more information, please visit the following website: https://www.nhs.uk/nhs-services/online-services/nhs-app/
Other helpful Q&A’s
What happens if the area where I live goes into lockdown or travel is restricted?
We will endeavour to amend your booking with minimum costs. However, this will be subject to the timescale before your departure, so please get in touch with us immediately to rearrange this.
Will you get me home if the UK goes into lockdown while I’m away?
Please be rest assured, we will never leave you stranded overseas. In most cases when a lockdown in the UK is announced, the government does not require customers on holiday at the time to return home immediately, so you can generally continue to enjoy your holiday and return on your planned flight home. If the government asks holidaymakers to return to the UK immediately, we will be in touch with you to help you get home.
What happens if I need to quarantine on arrival at my destination?
If we know a destination or hotel is asking people to quarantine when they arrive in the country – and there isn’t the option to forgo this quarantine period by providing evidence of a negative COVID-19 test – we won’t operate, and you’ll be entitled to either a free holiday change or a full refund.
What happens if I'm ill with COVID-19 or have been officially asked to self-isolate and can't travel?
If you are not able to travel due to contracting COVID-19 or you are officially required to self-isolate at the time of your departure, we will endeavour to amend your booking with minimum costs. However, this will be subject to the timescale before your departure, so please get in touch with us immediately to rearrange this.
Please ensure you have adequate travel insurance that covers you in the event of cancellation before your holiday and illness while on holiday.
If I’m contacted by the NHS Test and Trace system and told to self-isolate over my holiday dates, what does this mean for my holiday?
We can look to see if we are able to change the date of your holiday, but if not and you can’t travel, cancellation charges will apply. Please check if the charges will be recoverable under your travel insurance policy.
What if I need medical advice or I believe that I have Coronavirus Symptoms when on holiday?
You should check the advice given on the FCDO website under the section Healthcare, which provide you with the information and contact information for which you require. This can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice
Many companies are now offering cancellation Covid cover with their insurances for single or multi trip policies. However, most will only cover you if the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) say it’s safe to travel to your destination.
Your travel insurance can only cover you for specific scenarios for the coronavirus pandemic. Many policies protect you before you even set foot on the plane for the following scenarios:
- If you test positive for COVID-19 up to 14 days before departure
- Cover for vaccine intolerance
- You are told to self-isolate by Test & Trace
- You are denied boarding at the airport.
Many policies cover you for emergency medical expenses, repatriation and cutting your trip short, so you can travel with peace of mind.
For some providers, there are no upper age limits whenever you choose a single trip or annual policy.
You must ensure that you choose the best insurance to suit your needs.