Coronavirus update & Travel Advise
The latest Government announcement has confirmed that as of 19 July 2021 when restrictions in the UK are being lifted, rules are also being relaxed for international travel. In effect, the rules for Green list countries will also apply to amber list countries from July 19th for all those that have been double vaccinated at least 2 weeks before travel and all those under 18. This means no quarantine or self-isolation on return to the UK Other requirements are that you produce a negative rapid flow test result (taken no more than 48 hours before boarding the return flight) and have a PCR test pre-booked for day 2, after your return.
With the summer 2020 season successfully behind us and having operated in all our main destinations from July to November, we are pleased to advise that we completed the summer without a single case of COVID 19 on any of our holidays, including flotillas, beach clubs, cabin charter or sailing schools. The feedback from our guests was that the precautions and distancing measures in place worked very well, without adversely affecting their holiday and the point has been well proven that holidaying afloat on a yacht within one’s family or social bubble, with sensible precautions and protective measures in place is about as safe as it gets.
From 19th July
Following the latest UK government announcement, all yacht charter bases are open and operating normally, as are sailing schools in Greece and Croatia and Cabin charter programmes in Greece. Indeed they have been open in all of these places since May although numbers have been low.
Since the announcement of the UK Government’s road map and new Traffic Light System for international travel, leisure travel has been possible for residents of England and Wales since the 17th May, whilst Foreign office negative guidance on travel has been removed from all EU amber destinations, with guidance returning to normal. This will mean that travel insurance will be valid to all these destinations. This applies to the main destinations of Greece & Croatia. Quarantine at home continues to be required for non-vaccinated passengers returning from amber destinations.
Where travel is not possible (red listed Country, we will contact you individually in good time to discuss your options.
Pre-Departure Testing Required In 2021
One thing that remains a requirement this summer is a negative PCR test within 72 hours of travel (48 hours for Croatia) for those passengers who have not been fully vaccinated. For Green designated countries this will be only on the outbound leg, with the requirement for one more PCR test after return on day 2. Those that have already had the vaccine having completed both jabs at least 14 days before travel, will need to obtain a certificate from the NHS or have the vaccine certificate available via the NHS app to show at the airport either on a phone or tablet.
Should restrictions stay in place for your booked holiday destination, we will contact you individually in good time to discuss your options which can include deferring the holiday to a later date.
We continue to monitor the situation closely, liaising regularly with our trade associations and where possible, the authorities both in the UK and in our main destinations.
If you wish to discuss your arrangements, please contact us, and we will be happy to advise on the current situation and what we can do to help.
|Expected Travel Conditions applied to UK departures|
|Green Countries:||Low Risk Countries|
|Amber Countries:||Moderate Risk Countries|
|Red Countries:||High Risk countries (Currently known as 'Red List'|
|Measures||Green Country||Amber Country||Red Country|
|Passenger Locator Form||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Managed Quarantine at Hotel||No||No||Yes|
( if not double jabbed)
|PCR Testing upon Return||On or before day 2||On or before day 2
|On or before day 2|
|Optional Test to Release||N/A||On day 5
|Further PCR Testing||No||Day 8
|Requested changes to your holiday|
|Sunscape & Supplier||Travel is possible and therefore||Travel is possible, and
normal booking conditions apply.
|Travel from the UK is not|
|Normal Booking Conditions||Your holiday will operate.
In some circumstances
it may be possible
|Yacht & Airline||apply. Changes will be subject||You|
|cancellation and/or admin fees.||can defer the holiday to a|
|later date or take a Credit note.|
|Price changes||N/A||Subject to new departure date if applicable||Subject to new departure date|
|The above information is provided as a convenience to our customers and is subject to change at anytime.|
We will update this page as more information becomes available.
Holidays Booked For Summer 2021
Given the pre-departure testing and other protective measures planned by the airline and travel industry for 2021, the aim is that the 2021 summer season will operate normally. However, in the event that some disruption to departures occur, we have implemented appropriate policies to deal with such situations. Those booking a full package with us including flights will benefit from ATOL cover for the entire package, when we as a tour operator will take full responsibility to provide suitable accommodation and organise appropriate repatriation travel in the event of any disruption.
What If My Holiday Is Disrupted?
In the event of any disruption pre-departure, we will do our best to offer you the maximum flexibility possible – this will vary from booking to booking, and our team will work to offer you the best option for your holiday and circumstances, whether this is travelling as originally planned but changing to a different destination where this is available or deferring your holiday to a different date. If disruption occurs after departure, we will provide all necessary assistance and make any necessary changes to travel arrangements.
Deferring Booked Holidays
If your holiday with us has to be deferred due to COVID-19 related disruption, we recommend that you choose your new holiday date as soon as possible in order to secure your place and avoid disappointment, since availability for the second half of the summer is already limited. Where your holiday is scheduled to go ahead but you wish to defer, please note that you may incur penalties if there are no official restrictions in place. In the event that new restrictions are put in place, deferring your holiday will usually be penalty-free. We work with many suppliers, fleet owners, hotels, airlines and agencies – talk to us about your booking and we will give you the latest information on what may be possible in your case.
If your flight is booked through us and is cancelled or changed, we will contact you and do our utmost to secure suitable alternative arrangements. If you have booked your own flight and this is cancelled or changed, please get in touch and we will do our best to help you.
You Are Ill Or Self Isolating And Can’t Travel
If you cannot travel due to illness, self-isolation or official restrictions, please get in touch and we’ll look at possible amendments to your holiday and will assist you with this in any way we can. If the holiday is still scheduled to go ahead and there are no restrictions in place, you should be able to claim on your travel insurance for any health-related disruption.
We encouraged guests to re-book for a later date if possible, or if this could not yet be decided, to accept a credit note which could be applied to a later booking. The credit note still benefits from financial protection under the ATOL scheme where booked in that way. We thank the large number of guests who chose to re-book or defer for their cooperation and for staying with us. As all monies paid have been sent to the supplier in order to secure your booking. These monies will be transferred to your new booking.
How We Are Keeping Your Money Safe
We would like to remind you our flight inclusive package holidays are ATOL protected. More information can be found on that ATOL website: https://www.caa.co.uk/ATOL-protection/Consumers/About-ATOL/