Travelling during Covid-19
Travel advice from those who know
Travel advice from those who know
Right now, travel abroad looks a bit like a minefield, but it doesn't need to. While it's always best to contact us for the latest information, we've listed our most frequently asked Covid-related questions below. If there's anything else you'd like to know, please don't hesitate to contact us.
What if - after I've booked - the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) advice changes and advises against travel to my destination?
As your first port of call, get in touch with us. We will check with your tour operator to see if your holiday is going ahead as planned. Just because FCDO advice may have changed, it does not necessarily mean that your holiday is cancelled or that you will be entitled to a refund. Booking with a travel agent also gives peace of mind that amendments can be made on your behalf so you can relax and leave it in our hands.
Where can I travel?
All travel corridors were suspended 4am,18 January 2021. If you arrive in England from anywhere outside the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man you will need to self-isolate for 10 days, regardless of your pre-departure test result.
Do I have to get a coronavirus test to travel to England?
Yes, you must have proof of a negative coronavirus (COVID-19) test to travel to England. You must take a test even if: You are a UK citizen or you are coming from a country on the travel corridors list. You must take the test in the 3 days before you start your journey to England. For example, if you travel on Friday, you must take a test on the Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. If your test result is positive, you must not travel. You must follow local rules and guidance for positive coronavirus cases. If the result is inconclusive, you must take another test. Full passenger guidance and information has been published on GOV.UK and can be found in full here.
What will it be like at my destination? Will all facilities be open?
Travel continues to be an unprecedented and evolving situation for businesses as well as customers. With this in mind, it is quite possible that your trip may look and be different to previous experiences – for example hotels might operate self-check-in and there will be a greater prevalence of mask-wearing. There may be fewer restaurants open and perhaps more limited entertainment. There will be a range of considerations when planning a holiday. As always, if you have any queries or concerns you should speak to us, to help you be as prepared as possible and don't fret: there are still a huge range of possibilities for the discerning traveller.
What is the test to release scheme?
The Test to Release for International Travel scheme started on 15 December. Under the scheme, people returning to England who need to self-isolate will be able to take a COVID test with a private test provider to see if they can end their self-isolation early. Here's how.
What if my area or departure airport area goes into a new tier that means I can't travel?
For international travel, see the FCDO travel advice for your destination and the travel corridors list. Rules for each tier within the regional system change on a frequent basis - indeed, at time of writing we're in a national lockdown so tiering doesn't apply - so the best call of action is to contact us or refer to the FCDO advice.
What if I catch Coronavirus or am told to self-isolate by NHS track and trace?
If you are unable to travel and your holiday is still operating as normal then normal cancellation terms and conditions apply. Again, we would encourage you to speak with us first to see if it is possible to amend your holiday to another date (fees may apply). If you cannot travel and don’t wish to amend your holiday, then you would need to speak with your travel insurance provider.
Where can I get a COVID-19 PCR test?
We have compiled a list of local options available to you below. The organisations listed are as a reference point. C The World cannot be held responsible for the quality of service or the time frame of the test results. We recommend you contact the provider to find out further details and time scales required for your destination. Your GP may also be able to point you in the right direction. Please note you must not use the NHS free tests as they are not for travel and do not give you the required certificate.
What if entry requirements change after booking and we now must pay for a PCR test or self-isolate on arrival?
Be prepared that entry requirements can change at any time and you must comply with the entry requirements at time of travel.
Why should I book through a travel agent?
When the time is right for you to travel again please give us a call to book your travel arrangements. Having one point of contact, one company with whom all your travel logistics are made, hugely simplifies the process for you and ensures you have one point of contact should circumstances change. Alongside imparting our 100+ years travel advice, we can also help guide you through any current restrictions that may be in place for wherever it is you wish to go.
Where can I find a travel insurance provider that covers Covid-19?
When booking a holiday with C The World, it's more important than ever to make sure you have adequate travel insurance in place. This is your responsibility to arrange. If you choose to travel against the FCDO advice or to a destination which is exempt from the travel corridor list, it is important to check your cover with the provider. Insurance providers we'd suggest you look at include:
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Many of the flights and flight-inclusive holidays on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. But ATOL protection does not apply to all holiday and travel services listed on this website. Please ask us to confirm what protection may apply to your booking. If you do not receive an ATOL Certificate then the booking will not be ATOL protected. If you do receive an ATOL Certificate but all parts of your trip are not listed on it, those parts will not be ATOL protected. Please see our booking conditions for information, or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.atol.org.uk/ATOLCertificate