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.

As a result of the new Omicron variant the UK has UPDATED it’s arrival requirements for all arrivals to the UK.  This will take effect from 04.00hrs TUESDAY 30th NOVEMBER 2021 until further notice.  A review is expected in 3 weeks.

Fully Vaccinated Arrivals to the UK: 

Unless arriving from a RED LIST country, fully vaccinated arrivals must now pre-book a DAY 2 PCR test to be taken on or before Day 2 after arrival to the UK.  The reference for this booking must be entered on the PLF (Passenger Locator From).  Clients will then need to SELF-ISOLATE until they receive a negative test result.  Lateral flow test are no longer accepted.

A number of companies offer same day result PCR testing which if taken on the arrival day could potentially limit the self-isolation period to the first day only.  Clients should isolate in their hotel where they were due to stay in originally.  Transfers from the airport and also to/from testing facilities are still permitted.

Non-fully Vaccinated Arrivals to the UK:

Unless arriving from a RED LIST country, non-fully vaccinated arrivals are required to pre-book Day 2 & Day 8 PCR tests and self-isolate for 10 days.

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

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

All arrivals from RED LIST countries are required to undertake government approved hotel quarantine for 10 days regardless if they have been vaccinated or not..

As at 29/11/21 we have the following status update within the UK & Ireland.*

*these dates are under constant review

England   All business are permitted to open (including nightclubs).  From 30/11/21 face masks must be worn in all shops and on all public transport (this also applies to all private vehicle transfers, including taxis as well as any sightseeing tours in a vehicle). Full details can be found here >> 

Ireland Masks are a requirement in indoor public spaces and public transport as well as proof of vaccination to access indoor restaurants. Full details of Ireland’s current measures 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.  Masks are a requirement in all indoor public spaces.   Full details of NI’s current measures can be found here >>

Scotland still has some restrictions on maximum numbers across venues relating to larger events.  Restaurants & bars will continue to apply a track and trace system.  Masks are a requirement in all public indoor spaces including all shops & transport.  VisitScotland have full details here >>

Wales   Face coverings remain a legal requirement in all indoor settings apart from hospitality and proof of a vaccine or recent lateral flow test is needed for entry into nightclubs.  Further details can be found here here >>

*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.