Covid-19 Travel Update
FCDO travel advice: Possible travel destinations are updated on the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) advice pages. These include UK and destination country regulations regarding testing and quarantine. This advice is being closely monitored by us so wherever you live in the UK and whichever destination you plan to visit we can advise you of your travel options.
FCDO travel advice
Worldwide Travel Destination updates - a useful website from Wanderlust
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We continue to work closely with our local agents as well as with accommodation and transport suppliers to ensure they meet our minimum requirements for increased hygiene, safety and social distancing measures. We will only book customers to travel where these minimum standards have been approved by the local authorities.
Our team of travel experts will be happy to talk to you about travel options and are being kept fully updated on which destinations are open and safe for travel.
Travel with Confidence
At a time when how we travel is a major issue we’ll help you feel safe and secure. Our flexibility promise lets you book in complete confidence; you will be able to travel with our assurance that we’re here to support you.
COVID Booking Promise
- You will be able to transfer from any holiday to any other holiday at any time if your trip is not Covid Viable (see below) - there will be NO admin fees.
- We will not ask you to pay your final holiday balance if your trip is not yet Covid Viable.
- If your trip is not Covid Viable at 28 days prior to departure we will cancel your holiday and you can either transfer your funds to another holiday or have a refund.
What is Covid Viable ?
We will only consider a trip Covid Viable if it meets ALL of the following criteria:
- The UK FCDO are not advising against all but essential travel to any destination on your holiday itinerary for Covid-19 related reasons.
- There is no UK-wide national lockdown or a ban on foreign travel for the period when your trip is due to depart.
- Local restrictions due to Covid-19 do not make your holiday itinerary impractical.
- Flights are operating on a reliable basis to the start and end points of your trip.
UK Government has announced that testing has been made easier for travellers. As of Monday 4 October, fully vaccinated travellers will not need a pre-departure test before arrival into England from a non-red list country. Later in October, the Day Two tests will be scrapped and replaced with a cheaper lateral flow tests.
As of Monday 4 October the traffic light system for travel will be scrapped; a single red list has taken its place, with the rest of the world all having the same rules.
- Bosnia and Herzegovina: British nationals can enter if they have a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test result that is not older than 48 hours or have had both doses of the vaccine at least 14 days before travelling. You will also be able to enter if you have proof that you have recovered from the virus between 14-180 days before travelling.
- Greece: You need to complete their Entry Form no later than 11:59pm on the day you arrive in Greece. To avoid isolation on arrival, you need proof of either a negative Covid-19 test taken within the previous 72 hours or proof of a negative rapid antigen test no older than 48 hours. You can also enter Greece without isolating if you have had both doses of a Covid-19 vaccine at least 14 days before travelling. Greece will also accept proof that you have recovered from Covid-19 as long as you had the virus between two and nine months before travel.
- Norway: Fully vaccinated travellers and those who have recovered from the virus in the last six months can visit Norway without facing any restrictions. Unvaccinated travellers will have to complete a declaration form within 72 hours before arrival, may be tested on arrival and will need to quarantine for 10 days. You can end quarantine early if you get a negative test three days after entry.
- Romania: Vaccinated travellers from the UK can enter Romania with no restrictions. You will not need a test and you will not need to self-isolate. Unvaccinated travellers will need proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours and will need to quarantine for 14 days.
- Montenegro (UK RED LIST): UK travellers will need either a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours, a negative rapid antigen test no older than 48 hours, a positive serology test no older than 30 days, or proof you are fully vaccinated.
- Serbia: All visitors to Serbia must arrive with a negative PCR test taken in the 48 hours before arrival.
- Slovenia: Slovenia abolished its lists on 15th July so all people entering the country are treated the same. To enter Slovenia you will need either: a PCR test no older than 72 hours, a rapid test no older than 48 hours, proof that you have recovered from Covid-19, or proof you are fully vaccinated.
- Finland: Fully vaccinated visitors from the UK are now allowed to visit Finland for any reason. You can also visit for any reason if you have recovered from coronavirus in the last 6 months. Unvaccinated visitors can only travel for essential reasons.
- Iceland: You can travel to Iceland for reasons other than essential travel if you are a resident or if you have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 or can prove you have recovered from Covid-19. You will need to pre-register before arrival. From the 26 July, you will also need to have proof of a negative PCR test or antigen test no older than 72 hours.
- Republic of Ireland: You will need to complete a passenger locator form. No travel-related testing or quarantine will be necessary for travellers from Great Britain with valid proof of full vaccination. Those who are not vaccinated will need proof of a negative text no older than 72 hours and will need to quarantine for 14 days. This can be lessened to five days if you take a PCR test five days after arrival and it comes back negative.
- Morocco: To enter Morocco you need proof that you have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 at least 2 weeks before travel. Those who have not been vaccinated can enter with proof of a negative test no older than 48 hours.
- The Gambia: You will need a negative test no older than 72 hours. UK travellers will also need to take a rapid test on arrival.
- Albania: UK visitors will need to provide proof of either vaccination, a negative test no older than 72 hours, a rapid negative test no older than 48 hours or evidence of having contracted the virus before being allowed to enter.
Additional Information for Travellers
Morocco has the highest vaccination rate in the region and has so far outperformed others on the continent.
Under the easing measures, people are now able to enter shopping malls and tourist attractions such as monuments and public gardens. Cinemas, museums, libraries, and theaters are now allowed to re-open as the country continues its vaccination campaign. Social distancing and masks are still required in public spaces.
Moroccan National Tourist Office Updates
Travel restrictions in Morocco?
Travel to Morocco resumed on June 15th. Morocco is using a two-list system with different access rules for international travel based on the COVID situation in different countries. The two lists will be updated regularly at least twice a month as needed.
List A: Includes "all countries with positive indicators", including countries from the European Union, United Kingdom, Canada and US. Travelers arriving from A-list will be admitted into the country if they have been vaccinated against COVID-19 and/or have a negative PCR test, no older than 48 hours.
Foreign nationals of visa-exempt countries with reservations at Moroccan hotels or through tour operators can enter Morocco and depart without requirement to quarantine or self-isolate.
Public Health Passenger Form
Travellers to Morocco are required to complete & sign the Passenger Locator Form online, it is mandatory to complete it online, with your personal details, flight details and recent travel history. The form must then be printed and presented upon arrival.
How we assist our clients prior to the trip and on the ground?
We provide our clients with all the documentation required to enter Morocco in the form of an itinerary and booking confirmation. These also suffice for freedom to travel throughout Morocco without any further authorisation.
If you are required to take a PCR test prior to departing Morocco, we will make arrangements for a nurse to come to your hotel, or a staff member to accompany you to the nearest medical centre to take their tests. Results are returned within 24 hours.
Hotels, bars, restaurants and shops are now fully open; face masks are obligatory inside. At the moment bars are open outside only, both bars and restaurants are open till 11pm but we expect that the measures might be relaxed even further.
Both fast rapid antigen tests and PCR tests are available in different areas in Croatia, with more testing centres opening in tourist areas.
1. Protocol for Operational Staff in Croatia
- All Amathus Travel staff (guides and drivers) will be informed and trained on covid procedures and will be advised to keep the highest hygiene standards and social distancing during interaction with guests. They will be advised to wear masks and gloves and to use hand sanitizers on a regular basis.
- Every day before starting their shift, they will need to measure their body temperature and if they have any respiratory problems, they will be instructed to consult their doctor.
- Drivers are always recommended to wear face masks and to disinfect hands after handling luggage.
- Documents should be checked without physical contact whenever possible.
- Disinfectant needs to be prominently displayed at all times to disinfect hands, for staff and for guests if required.
- Operational staff will emphasise the necessity of mutual distance and responsible behaviour as well as providing information on the current epidemiological situation in the country and the rules of self-protection prescribed by the Croatian Institute of Public Health
2. Cleaning Procedures
Disinfecting surfaces is one of the key ways to minimize the spread of viruses. Guests should have their own face masks and disinfectant gel; guests should regularly wash their hands with soap and warm water or use an alcohol based disinfectant, or other agent which is safe for skin and has virucide properties according to the manufacturer’s instructions. These recommendations are very important and will be repeated to guests frequently.
3. Excursions & Guided Tours
At the start of all guided tours and excursions, guests should be reminded to maintain physical distance (NB. people already travelling together do not necessarily have to). This will be done calmly but divergence from this advice will not be tolerated and guests failing to keep other guests safe will be asked to leave the excursion immediately.
At all hotel entrances there are disinfecting solution dispensers and guests must disinfect their hands when entering hotel. Reception areas are being disinfected on regular basis. Hotel staff will provide all necessary information about hotel’s policy concerning preventive measures and other services guests might require. All rooms and bathrooms are being cleaned and disinfected thoroughly after guests’ departure.
- The agency will request guest contacts in case contact tracing will be needs-locating people who have been in contact with an infected person. The obtained contacts will be used exclusively for the purpose of preventing the spread of the infection, with privacy and data protection measures provided.
- It is recommended to measure your temperature before going on the excursion or transfer.
- In case guests or their family members develop symptoms that indicate the possibility of infection, they are obliged to cancel the excursion or transfer before departure. In case those guests or their family members develop symptoms suggestive of infection during the program, they are obliged to notify the driver or tour leader without delay, who will follow the protocol provided for such situations.