LATEST TRAVEL UPDATES FOR THE UK & IRELAND

Our current product lists with links to their “Covid-19 Safety Guidelines” can be found via the links further below in this document.  We update them as and when our partners release information.  This includes their current status.

The UK now handles arrivals into the country on a “Traffic Light” basis.  Currently GREEN countries do not require quarantine but must have a pre-booked PCR test before or on day 2 after arrival in addition to a negative PCR test taken before flying.  Amber & Red countries require quarantine.  This is reviewed every 3 weeks by UK government. Each origin country also has their own test requirements for return travel.

Official sources of testing can be found on the government website (link below) and only these are admissible as suitable test arrangements for entry.

The latest UK Government requirements for arrivals can be found here here >>

The latest Irish Government requirements for arrivals* can be found here >>

*from 19th July 2021 became part of the EU’s Digital Covid Certificate scheme allowing anyone from the EU to enter without the need for quarantine or testing.  To be eligible for the certificate the individual must have been either fully vaccinated, have had a negative Covid test, or have already had the virus.  This has also been extended to visitors from the UK & North America.

 

As at 23/07/21 we have the following status update within the UK & Ireland.*

*these dates are under constant review

England  as 19th July 2021 the majority of social distancing measures have been removed in England.  All business are permitted to open (including nightclubs) although it is up to individual businesses to determine any requirement to wear masks and other covid safety protocol. Generally speaking public transport services require masks to be worn whilst travelling. Full details can be found here >> 

Ireland has released a 5 LEVEL PLAN detailing the ease of restrictions.  Currently outdoor hospitality is permitted to a maximum of 6 pax, hotels are also permitted to open.  All retail is also currently open. Full details of Ireland’s Level Plan can be found here >>

Northern Ireland’s are working through their 5 PHASE PLAN detailing the ease of restrictions.  Indoor & outdoor hospitality is permitted with social distancing measures, and hotels & attractions can open.

Scotland all areas are now on level zero since the 19th July 2021.  Full removal of all restrictions to larger gatherings are expected mid-August. Scotland have now adopted the Traffic Light system for international travel. VisitScotland have full details here >>

Wales moved to level 1 on the 17th July 2021 with a view to all remaining social distancing restrictions on 7th August 2021.  Face coverings remain a legal requireent in all indoor settings apart from hospitality however. i

*these dates are under constant review

ACCOMMODATION

We have detailed a comprehensive accommodation portfolio in order to provide our clients with property specific updates on all Covid-19 protocols and new health & safety policies.

A link is provided directly to each hotels’ Covid-safety guidelines page along with the operational status.  This will be amended and updated as things progress and develop.

To see our updated list of Covid-Safe hotels throughout the UK and Ireland click here >>

PRIVATE TRANSFERS & GUIDING FOR INDIVIDUALS

Working with our core suppliers and in line with government advice we have prepared our “Covid-Safe” procedures for private transfers & guiding for individuals. Expectations can be set with regards to individuals taking private transfers, guiding and extended touring services though ASA. These will remain in place, and continue to be adapted if required, for as long as is deemed necessary according to local Government advice.

Many changes have had to be made in the way in which guests are greeted, luggage is handled and embarking / disembarking vehicles is to be managed – along with hygiene and cleanliness protocols.

To read more about these new procedures, please click here >>

ATTRACTIONS

As the majority of attractions start to re-open, full measures have been taken to make each environment safe to visit.  Pre-booking is now required in the majority of cases which means open vouchers are currently not accepted at those sites.  We hope that these requirements will only be temporary and that the voucher system will return sometime in 2021.

To read more about these new requirements, please click here >>

SIGHTSEEING

Most sightseeing operators are now running full or reduced services across the UK, however schedules remain changeable or limited with more services being added as demand increases.

To read more about these services, please click here >>

‘KNOW BEFORE YOU GO’

For the most up to date information for visitors coming to the UK, we recommend checking out this fantastic resource Visit Britain have prepared; a  Know Before You Go” guide. For the moment, quarantine is still in place for some international visitors and those returning to Great Britain and Northern Ireland. So, help clients plan their next adventure, and make sure to check the latest government advice and local guidance on travel to ensure you are in the ‘know before you go’

 

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We will continue to update these links as we receive information. Please continue to check to keep up to date with our Covid-19 Safety Guidelines.