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Coronavirus

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

The situation regarding the Coronavirus is ever-changing and our experienced team is monitoring the situation closely. Our advice is to always follow the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) travel advice. Here you can find the latest country-specific updates from the government.

All holidays to 31 July 2021
We are keeping up-to-date with the advice from the FCDO and policies from government departments in our holiday destinations. We will contact guests due to travel in this period and discuss the options available for their holiday.

Holidays from 01 August 2021
Different destinations will open up on different dates. If you would like to discuss your holiday during this period please do get in touch.

What happens if the FCDO advises against travel to a specific country?
If you are due to travel imminently, one of our team will contact you to book alternative dates or to cancel depending upon the level of restrictions in place from the FCDO and for how long travel is cancelled.  If you are due to travel in a few weeks or months, we’ll be in touch to discuss your options.

What if the FCDO does not advise against travel to a country?
Your holiday will be unaffected and will go ahead as planned. If you wish to cancel your holiday, our booking conditions will be applicable and cancellation charges may apply. If you’d like to delay your travel plans, please speak to one of our consultants who can advise you whether this is possible, if there are any costs involved and how best to go about this. They will be able to look for how long the holiday can be postponed and by which date we need to be advised of your decision.

What happens if I am ill or self-isolating?
If you are affected by illness or self-isolating you should contact your travel insurance company to ensure you’re covered in the event of being unable to travel.  We recommend that everyone travelling should ensure that they are in possession of a suitable travel insurance policy to cover themselves in the event of any travel disruption regardless of the reason.

Is my holiday protected?
All our package holidays are covered by our ATOL bonding and you will have been issued an ATOL certificate with your documentation when making your reservation. You are also covered by our ABTA bonding.

We appreciate this is a challenging and stressful time, and that your holiday arrangements are unique. Therefore, our staff will do their best to help you with your travel plans.

 

New Travel Traffic Light System

The UK government has introduced a traffic light system that governs rules for international travel regarding what actions you have to take on your return from abroad depending on whether your holiday destinations are listed as Green, Amber or Red. 

An announcement of the traffic light system was made on 07 May, and countries either put into the Green, Amber or Red list for travel from 17 May 2021 onwards.  This list will be reviewed every three weeks. We expect the next update to be made on 07 June.

Whilst the traffic light system guides us on what holidaymakers have to do on their return from holiday, individual destinations will have their own rules and entry requirements.  England, Scotland, and Northern Ireland rules also may differ slightly.

Beachcomber Tours destinations fall into the following traffic light categories:

Mauritius: Amber

Seychelles: Red

UAE: Red

Morocco: Amber

Maldives: Red

Oman: Red

Returning from a Green country

You can travel to a green list country

  • No Quarantine on return
  • Complete a Passenger locator form
  • Pre-departure test within 72 hours of your flight home. This test needs to be taken in your holiday destination.
  • A PCR test is taken on or before your second day back in the UK. Travellers may not use NHS tests and must book and pay for their test before flying home.

Returning from an Amber Country

You can travel to an Amber list country so long as the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCDO) advice allows for non-essential travel

  • 10-day quarantine at home
  • Complete a Passenger locator form
  • Pre-departure test within 72 hours of your flight home. This test needs to be taken in your holiday destination.
  • A PCR test is taken on days 2 and 8 of your arrival back into the UK. You can release early after five days if you take a further PCR test on day 5 (if it is negative).  Travellers may not use NHS tests and must book and pay for their tests before flying home.

Returning from a Red Country

We suggest you do not travel to a Red country, but if you do and are a UK citizen

  • 10-day hotel quarantine in the UK at your expense
  • Complete a Passenger locator form
  • Pre-departure test within 72 hours of your flight home. This test needs to be taken in your holiday destination.
  • A PCR test is taken on days 2 and 8 of your arrival back into the UK. Travellers may not use NHS tests and must book and pay for their tests before flying home.

Please see the full details from the government site here – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/red-amber-and-green-list-rules-for-entering-england

UK Passenger Locator Form - https://www.gov.uk/provide-journey-contact-details-before-travel-uk

 

Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office advice (FCDO)

The FCDO advises on how safe countries are to travel to, including the latest information on coronavirus, safety and security, entry requirements and travel warnings. Presently this advice is not linked to the new traffic light system.  The latest guidance for each of our destinations can be found here:

MAURITIUS
FCDO advice Mauritius

MALDIVES
FCDO advice Maldives

SEYCHELLES
FCDO advice Seychelles
Seychelles Travel advice

OMAN
FCDO advice Oman

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
FCDO advice the United Arab Emirates

MOROCCO
FCDO advice Morocco

 

COUNTRY ADVICE

Mauritius - Amber

Borders: Phased re-opening from 15 July 2021

Proof of Vaccination: Required

Destination Entry Requirements: See full details on our website here

Mauritius Government website: https://www.mymauritius.travel/

 

Seychelles - Red

Borders: Open

Proof of Vaccination: Not required

Destination Entry Requirements: Negative PCR test taken 72 hours before travel, valid travel insurance which includes Covid-19 related cover for isolation, quarantine and treatment.  Entry form completed online - https://seychelles.govtas.com/

See updated travel advice on our website here

Seychelles Government website: https://advisory.seychelles.travel/

 

Maldives – Red

Borders: Open

Proof of Vaccination: Not required

Destination Entry Requirements: Negative PCR test taken 96 hours before travel, entry form completed - https://imuga.immigration.gov.mv/ethd/create?lang=en Travel insurance which includes Covid-19 cover.

Government website: https://www.tourism.gov.mv/en/page/updates_on_the_covid_19_situation_in_the_maldives

 

UAE – Red

Borders: Open

Proof of Vaccination: Not required

Destination Entry Requirements: Negative PCR test taken 72 hours before travel. Further testing may be required on landing in Dubai.  Travel insurance which includes Covid-19 cover.

Dubai Government Website: https://www.visitdubai.com/en/coronavirus-advisory

Abu Dhabi Government Website: https://visitabudhabi.ae/en/plan-your-trip/covid-safe-travel

Emirates Travel advice: https://www.emirates.com/in/english/help/covid-19/dubai-travel-requirements/tourists/

 

Morocco – Amber

Borders: Closed

Proof of Vaccination: TBC

Destination entry Requirements: Negative PCR test taken 72 hours before travel, Travel insurance which includes Covid-19 cover. Entry form completed – http://www.onda.ma/form.php

Government Website: https://www.visitmorocco.com/en/travel-info/covid-19-news