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.  Many are pushing back re-opening dates according to Government guidance while others remain open for permitted travelers only.  In light of the recent Government announcement with a road-map to easing restrictions we expect there to be a large number of updates.

 

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

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

 

As at 23/04/21 we have the following status update within the UK & Ireland.*

*these dates are under constant review

England  outdoor hospitality has resumed, along with the re-opening of self-contained accommodation for the domestic market.  Most outdoor attractions are permitted to open now also. Key dates to note include the 17th May 2021 (International Travel to resume*, all accommodation to re-open, most attractions to re-open & spectator sports to resume with restrictions) 21st June 2021 (All remaining businesses to re-open including nightclubs, and the removal of existing social contact measures.  A review into social distancing will determine what measures remain in place.) Full details can be found here >> *it is now clear that England will operate a “Traffic light” system for International arrivals with each arrival country being categorized into Green, Amber or Red with testing and any self-isolation requirements set accordingly.   

Ireland has released a 5 LEVEL PLAN detailing the ease of restrictions but does not identify projected dates too far in advance.  Hotels are expected to be able to re-open on the 2nd June 2021.  Updates are expected every 2 weeks or so. 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.  Currently some local restrictions have been eased. Hotels are expected to be able to re-open on the 24th May 2021.

Scotland  From the 26th April 2021 Scotland moved to Level 3 with accommodation permitted to re-open along with UK wide travel permitted. The 17 May 2021 will see further restrictions being lifted with a view to lift all restrictions by the end of June 2021.  Currently there is no indication on International Travel. VisitScotland have full details here >>

Wales have existing relaxed lockdown measures including cross-border travel permitted into England, all non-essential shops are also now open.  along with outdoor attractions & outdoor hospitality & activitie will be permitted to open.  Further restrictions will be eased on the 3rd May 2021 with gyms reopening.  Self contained accommodation including hotels with en-suite bathrooms and room service are currently open for domestic travel.

*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.