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Welcome 
to our
 Covid-19 Information Hub

We've curated all the latest information on the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in one place to help you make informed decisions about wellness travel.

The Impact on Travel
Find out how COVID-19 has changed travel as we know it
Our Book with Confidence Policy
Offering complete peace of mind to our valued clients
Essential Travel Advice
For the need-to-know-nows of travelling during the pandemic
Useful Resources
Helpful links for maintaining your wellness present & future

The Impact on Travel

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A 70% fall in international arrivals for the first 8 months of 2020 

International Air Travel Falls

Across the globe, borders have closed and people were asked to stay home to prevent the spread of the virus. This lead to a 70% fall in international arrivals in the first 8 months of 2020 and continues to have an impact on flight capacity and the travel industry as a whole.

Travel Industry

As we know, the travel industry has been greatly impacted by global restrictions on travel and the subsequent economic fallout of such limitations.
The  World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) have reported that a staggering 62 million travel and tourism jobs were lost in 2020 due to the effects of the pandemic.

Travel & Tourism GDP fell from £238 billion (10.1%) in 2019 before the pandemic struck, to just £90 billion (4.2%), a mere 12 months later, in 2020.


Changing Restrictions

In April 2020, at least 91% of the world’s population were living in countries with restrictions on international travellers who weren’t citizens or residents (this included tourists, as well as business travellers and new immigrants).

Over the summer, as travel corridors began to be formed and restrictions began to ease, many travellers welcomed the opportunity to book much-needed holidays only to have them curtailed by last minute restrictions including border closes, being taken of the travel corridor list and the introduction of quarantine measures.

The travel industry has consistently called for decreased or removed quarantine times in line with mass testing to grant greater travel access and help the industry to recover.

Changing Consumer Behaviour

In light of COVID-19 travel restrictions, many travellers have understandably felt uneasy about booking breaks or even travelling during the pandemic. 

Here at Health and Fitness Travel, we've seen a rise, where restrictions have allowed, in clients taking extended wellness holidays in our more remote luxury destinations with some even chartering private jets to access retreats in a safer, more efficient way. 

We've also seen a rise in those choosing to holiday domestically - opting for staycation retreats that help to boost fitness, wellbeing and immunity on soil closer to home. 

Book with Confidence

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Our Flexibility Promise

If you’re looking forward to booking your holiday but want full flexibility in your plans, Health and Fitness Travel’s promise is you can book your wellness trip in absolute confidence.

We are here to help, and your holiday is in safe hands. Our clients will have the freedom to rearrange their holiday without any cost up to 7- 30 days before departure depending on the holiday booked at time. We will highlight the resorts individual cancellation terms to you prior to booking your holiday.

Our flexibility promise means you can reserve your holiday worry free, knowing you can change your plans if needed. If FCDO guidance affects your holiday with updated rules on quarantining or travel restrictions and you are therefore unable to rebook your trip for a future date, then your holiday will be refunded 45 days before departure. However, additional charges may apply on any changes to your trip such as the accommodation, extended nights, seasonality and any increases on next years prices.

*A limited number of hotels and holidays are excluded from this offer and will be highlighted prior to you booking your holiday.

Safe Travel Advice

We are only recommending and booking holidays to the safest destinations and working closely with our retreat partners who have endorsed the best procedures and measures to stay healthy and safe. We have long standing relationships with hotels and airlines around the world who we work closely with to give you the flexibility you need. Working also closely with the local governments regarding the safest options to travel around the world.

24-7 Support

We guarantee you peace of mind and provide on-going support before, during and after your holiday. 

TTA & ATOL Protection

In the UK, all holidays booked with Health and Fitness Travel are fully TTA (Travel Trust Association) and ATOL protected so if you are involuntarily prevented from travelling, you can choose to postpone your wellness holiday with us or receive a refund.

Essential Travel Advice

Current Restrictions

Different rules apply in ScotlandWales and Northern Ireland. You must follow all the rules that apply to you.

For the very latest information on UK travel restrictions and requirements, please visit the Government's Foreign Travel Advice page.

Travel to and from the UK is now open though testing and quarantine requirements vary from country to country. 

The UK's traffic light system has now been replaced with just a red list where travel is not recommended by the UK Government. You can read more on that below. 

Fully vaccinated travellers will no longer need to quarantine on their arrival in the UK unless they have been in a red list country within the last 10 days.

This is welcome news for the UK travel industry that will allow more travellers to get away this year but please do check requirements for your destination country prior to booking to avoid any disappointment!
 

Can I book a Holiday?

There are no restrictions around the booking of a holiday.

Our Wellness Travel Specialists are on-hand to give you the latest advice in line with restrictions and will be all too happy to help you plan your next wellness retreat. Our flexible booking policy means that if your holiday can't go ahead, we can change your dates, offer you a refund or a refund credit notice. 

When booking a holiday, do be sure to choose a reputable travel agent with a clear COVID-19 booking policy and industry protections for your peace of mind!

Requirements

Any travel during the COVID-19 pandemic will be subject to health and safety requirements, make sure to read up on these or consult your travel agent prior to depature. Such requirements can include but are not limited to:

  • A negative COVID-19 test for entry
  • Self-isolation or quarantining upon arrival subject to original destination and travel corridors
  • Social distancing measures and reinforcement that may restrict services
  • Masks to be worn on airplanes and in some countries, all public places unless medically exempt
  • Temperature or thermal camera checks
  • Completion and submission of passenger locator forms or similar for contact tracing in the event of an outbreak

You Should Not Travel If:

  • Are experiencing any coronavirus symptoms or have done in the last 7 days
  • Are self-isolating as a result of coronavirus symptoms
  • Are sharing a household or support bubble with anyone who has experienced coronavirus symptoms in the last 14 days
  • Have been advised by NHS Test & Trace to self-isolate
For more guidance on safe travel via airports and flying please consult the UK government website here.

UK Travel Lists

As of the 4th October 2021 the green and amber lists for those travelling to the UK have been scrapped in a simplification of the rules surrounding travel.

There is now just a red list - if you travel to one of these countries you will need to pay to stay in quarantine hotel for 10 days.

Returning to the UK

Fully Vaccinated

Before you travel to England – fully vaccinated

Before you travel to England you must:

From 24 October you can use either a lateral flow test or a PCR test. You can book these from 22 October.

You will need to enter your COVID-19 test booking reference number on your passenger locator form.

If you will be in England for less than 2 days you still need to book and pay for a day 2 COVID-19 test.

When you arrive in England – fully vaccinated

After you arrive in England you must take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2. The day you arrive is day 0.

You must book this test before you travel.

Our Destinations on the Red List

If you travel to the UK from the following destinations, you will be required to quarantine for 10 days in a government-approved hotel: