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Covid-19 safety measures on holiday

As a family business with 46 years in the travel industry, the welfare for our customers and our staff is of upmost importance to us. Our first class covid safety measures allowed our 2020 summer to go ahead uninterrupted, and safety continues to be our priority this year. To ensure your safety and welfare we are taking every measure to ensure your sun or ski holiday is as safe as can be from start to finish. In order to comply with local government regulations in resort some activities or services may be altered, amended or in-operable for safety reasons.  

Your 2021 summer holiday

Even with additional safety measures in place an escape to the Med at the last minute is possible. Our Sales Travel Experts and After Sales Care Team are on hand 6 days a week from 9am to 5pm to help answer any further covid queries.

Our Summer Covid-19 Booking Pledge

For added comfort when making a booking a holiday for summer 2021 we have updated our ATOL protected booking policy to allow you more flexibility this summer;

  • Your holiday balance will be due as late as 6 weeks (usually 12 weeks).
  • Amend your booking up to 14 days before departure.
  • If you (or a member of your party) are unable to travel in 2021 due to contracting Covid-19 prior to departure you will be able to amend your booking to a new 2021 date without incurring a fee. If you are due to depart 16th - 23rd October 2021 you will be able to amend your booking to a new 2022 date without incurring a fee. 
  • We will not operate in a destination which requires all travellers from the UK to quarantine or self-isolate automatically upon arrival.
  • Reduced rates on PCR tests through our Health partners.

Our Winter Covid-19 Booking Pledge

For added comfort when making a booking a holiday for winter 2021/22 we have updated our ATOL protected booking policy to allow you more flexibility this summer;

  • If you (or a member of your party) are unable to travel on your 21/22 Ski season booking due to contracting Covid-19 prior to departure you will be able to amend your booking to a new 21/21 ski season date without incurring an administration fee.
  • We will not operate in a destination which requires all travellers from the UK to quarantine or self-isolate automatically upon arrival.

Travel Traffic Lights

Following the government and Global Travel Taskforce guidelines for England the safe restarting of international travel will be accompanied by a global traffic light system; destinations will be categorised into ‘green’, 'amber’ or ‘red’ lists. Each coloured list will have its own rules and regulations to ensure travel is covid compliant and safe. To help you understand what this means for a Mark Warner holiday, each category has been explained below.

We will be continuing to regularly review the situation in all of our destinations as well as the guidance from the Global Travel Taskforce. 

Changes to covid travel rules

An easier and simpler system is being introduced for travel from 4th October 2021 as well as a single red list rather than a traffic light system. 

Last update: 20th September 2021

Green listed destinations

No quarantining upon your return home – unless you have a positive test result.

One rapid flow test before you begin your journey home (applicable to anyone over 11 years old and over) and a PCR test within 48 hours of arriving back in England (applicable to anyone 5 years old and over). All tests must be booked before you travel.

Complete a passenger locator form. You can submit the form any time in the 48 hours before you arrive in the UK and you will need to show your form when you check in to board your plane home. 

Amber listed destinations

Passengers who have received a full vaccination (two doses of an NHS administered vaccine at least 14 days ago) and those aged between 5 and 18 years old
Applicable to those returning to England between 19th July 2021 and 4th October at 3.59am, passengers will need to provide proof of their vaccination status to carriers in advance of travel.

One rapid flow test before you begin your journey home (applicable to anyone over 11 years old and older) and one PCR test (applicable to anyone over 5 years old and older) two days after arrival back into the UK.

Complete a passenger locator form. You can submit the form any time in the 48 hours before you arrive in the UK and you will need to show your form when you check in to board your plane home. 

No quarantining.

 

Passengers who have received a full vaccination (two doses of an NHS administered vaccine at least 14 days ago) and those aged between 5 and 18 years old
Applicable to those returning to England after 4th October at 4am, passengers will need to provide proof of their vaccination status to carriers in advance of travel.

Complete a passenger locator form. You can submit the form any time in the 48 hours before you arrive in the UK and you will need to show your form when you check in to board your plane home. 

No quarantining.

 

Passengers who have not received a full vaccination and are 18 or over
One rapid flow test before you begin your journey home and two PCR tests on day two and day eight of quarantine.

Complete a passenger locator form. You can submit the form any time in the 48 hours before you arrive in the UK and you will need to show your form when you check in to board your plane home. 

Ten days quarantining in your own home, or, you can use the Test and Release scheme and do a private Covid-19 test on the fifth day; provided your test result is negative you’ll be able to end your quarantine immediately. This scheme is voluntary and applies to those quarantining in England only. You still need to take the compulsory test on or after day 8.

It is very likely that by the time you are ready to depart the requirements for testing will have been relaxed and no longer mandatory. If however PCR testing were still required, we are currently in negotiations with PCR partners to offer you reduced rates for your tests. 

 

Changes to covid travel rules

An easier and simpler system is being introduced for travel from 4th October 2021 as well as a single red list rather than a traffic light system. Details to follow in due course. 

Red listed destinations

Provide proof of a negative rapid flow COVID-19 test taken in the 3 days before you leave for the UK. 

Complete a passenger locator form. You can submit the form any time in the 48 hours before you arrive in the UK and you will need to show your form when you check in to board your plane home. 

Two PCR tests (on day two and day eight of quarantine) with negative results.

A ten day stay in a managed quarantine hotel.

Only British and Irish citizens, or those with residence rights in the UK will be eligible to enter the UK. 

 We will not operate in a red listed destination. 

Requirements For Travel

What testing requirements are in place to travel to Greece, Summer 2021?

To read about the requirements currently required to travel to Greece this summer, click here

What testing requirements are in place to travel to France for Winter 2021/22?

To read about the requirements currently required to travel to France this winter, click here.

FAQs

What in resort Covid-19 safety measures are in place this summer?

Our resort teams were able to adapt and deliver a very successful summer 2020. To see what changes have been made in resort, to watersports as well as childcare, click here.

What in resort Covid-19 safety measures are in place this winter?

When we made the difficult decision not to operate our Winter 2020/21 ski season, we did so with optimism that 2021/22 would be a very different scenario: one where holidays were back and having operated a successful summer season in Greece, we are back to the slopes of the Alps with renewed enthusiasm. See our ski resort safety measures.

Useful Links

If you would like to speak to a member of the team, contact us on 0207 3618 880, Monday to Friday from: 10am-12:30pm & 1:30pm-4pm.
Our holiday booking conditions
Latest travel information
The latest Covid-19 travel advice from the FCDO.
ATOL protection. 

Feedback from our summer 2020 guests

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