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Safe Travels in 2021 and beyond…
While our world still feels a little uncertain, we understand that you may have lots of questions about how your future holidays with us may be affected. Firstly, you can book and travel with us in complete confidence, we’ve always had flexible booking conditions and we’re fully committed to continuing to offer you all the flexibility you need and to keep you updated with all the latest developments as we return to travel and group holidays.
On 7 May 2021 the Government launched the traffic light country system reopening international travel from 17 May. These guidelines below apply to travellers from England, there may be some differences from the Scottish, Welsh, and Northern Ireland governments.
Will I need to have a Covid-19 vaccination before overseas travel?
Yes, most likely. It is important to check the entry requirements for your chosen destination as you may be required to evidence your COVID-19 vaccination status and/or show a negative PCR test result.
Travellers may also require their COVID-19 status certificate (either via the NHS app or in paper format) when abroad to prove that they have conformed with the destination country’s requirements.
You should ensure that you have booked your COVID tests and have completed the relevant documentation (such as Passenger Locator Forms) for your destination and return to England. Passenger Locator forms can be filled out on-line here
Are there any other requirements before departure overseas?
There are some new requirements when travelling in addition to COVID testing. Please take time to check your passport is valid using gov.uk/check-passport service, and allow up to 10 weeks if you need to renew your passport.
Ensure your travel insurance covers all your needs including healthcare. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and you should check that your policy contains cover for COVID-19. For more information on insurance cover, see here.
You should obtain a valid GHIC or in-date EHIC. You can apply for a GHIC here.
We would recommend that you sign-up for FCDO email alerts and check FCDO travel advice to get the latest updates for your destination.
What sort of restrictions could there be overseas?
Our current plan is to return to overseas travel from September 2021 and so it is difficult to outline now if there will be any local restrictions in place such as the wearing of masks or a restriction of services as each destination country may have different policies.
What you can be certain of however, is that we are frequently reviewing our policies and itineraries in line with the ever-changing nature of local rules and protocols and we’ll continue to do so. If any major changes become necessary, then of course we’ll do our best to inform you before departure and our experienced tour leaders will make judgement calls during your holiday to modify the itinerary if appropriate.
Before we resume trips in any destination, we review all accommodation, transport, and other aspects of your holiday against our Covid-19 Safety Guidelines. We want to offer you as close to a ‘normal’ holiday as we can, keeping any inconveniences to a minimum.
As a general policy we would always recommend when travelling that you carry your own supply of face masks and alcohol-based hand sanitiser.
What about returning to the UK?
It will be necessary to take a pre-departure COVID-19 test within 72 hours of your return journey to England. Anyone testing positive prior to travel will not be permitted to travel back into England, will be required to follow local rules for isolation – you could incur additional costs during this period (check your travel insurance as these costs may be covered).
Those who have returned from green list countries will be required to take tests on or before day 2. Tests and quarantine must be booked prior to your return to England. Those who have returned from red or amber list countries will be required to quarantine in a hotel (red) or at home (amber) for 10 days and take tests on or before day 2 and on or after day 8 of their quarantine.
When returning to/arriving in England, be prepared for your arrival and have all your documentation ready, including your travel documents and your passenger locator form and be ready to remove face coverings where necessary.
Our protocols are guided by the WTTC (World Travel & Tourism Council), UNWTO (World Tourism Organisation), the European Commission and local government regulations and include personal protection, extensive disinfecting, and physical distancing measures. We have reviewed and enhanced our health and safety policies and procedures to consider the new challenges posed by coronavirus. We endeavour to ensure that all our suppliers and partners are implementing new minimum standards that emphasise increased hygiene and sanitation.
We have reviewed and enhanced our health and safety policies and procedures to take into account the new challenges posed by coronavirus. We endeavour to ensure that all our suppliers and partners are implementing new minimum standards that emphasise increased hygiene and sanitation.
Ramblers Walking Holidays has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Safe Travels stamp, which provides travellers with assurance that we have adopted health and hygiene global standardised protocols – so you can experience ‘Safe Travels’.
We're Good to Go! In partnership with the National Tourist Organisations of Great Britain and Northern Ireland this certification recognises that we have confirmed that we have followed government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, ensuring processes are in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social/physical distancing.