Covid-19 Travel Update 16th July 2021

Covid-19 Travel Update


16 July 2021


Please be aware that the information provided below is for guidance around how services may operate, and may vary by service provider, and may also be subject to further government guidance as it is updated. Due to the current exceptional circumstances, the operation and provision of services can change.

Should you need any assistance please contact your travel team or get in touch PRIORITY.


TRAVEL UPDATE TIMELINE:
14/07 Wales: Most remaining restrictions expected to be lifted from 07 August
14/07 Wales: From 17 July internal organised event attendance increased to 1,000
13/07 Scotland: Most remaining restrictions expected to be lifted from 09 August
13/07 Scotland: Social distancing reduced from 2m to 1m and masks remain compulsory
13/07 Scotland: From 19 July internal organised event attendance increased to 400 and hospitality settings may remain open until midnight

12/07 England: From 19 July while it will no longer be a legal requirement to maintain social distancing some operators may require face coverings etc as a condition of using their services
12/07 England: From 19 July, there will be no more restrictions on meeting capacities
09/07 N. Ireland: Further relaxation of legal restrictions on social contact and event attendance expected on 27 July
08/07 UK: From 19 July for amber list countries returning travellers must enter the UK at specific entry points. Adults who are not fully vaccinated must self-isolate for 10 days at home or the place you are staying, and book and pay for a test to be taken on days two and eight. Fully vaccinated adults are not required to but must still book and pay for testing. Any traveller testing positive must self isolate for a further 10 days should they test positive
07/05 UK: From 17 May International travel can now occur using the traffic light system of countries - fines apply for non-compliance. Evidence is required of a negative COVID test result taken up to 72hrs before travel to the UK, travellers must book and pay for a day 2 COVID-19 test after arrival and a passenger locator form must be completed

07/05 UK: From 17 May for green list countries returning travellers must enter the UK at specific entry points, and book and pay for a test on day two, and self-isolate for a further 10 days if they test positive
07/05 UK: From 17 May for red list countries returning travellers must enter the UK at specific entry points, and will need to book and self-isolate for 10 days at a nominated quarantine hotel at their own expense. Book and pay for a test to be taken on days two and eight, and self-isolate for a further 10 days if they test positive
03/05 Wales: From 17 May, international travel may resume, while accommodation and hospitality venues reopen and provide food and alcohol indoors
05/04 England: From 12 April, hospitality venues can provide food and alcohol outside, while gyms and spas can re-open, as well as venues like museums and theatres
04/03 UK: VAT on accommodation, food and non-alcoholic drinks to remain at 5% until 30 September 2021, increasing to 12.5% until 31 March 2022
09/02 England and Wales: Travellers from specific countries will be required to spend 10 days at a nominated quarantine hotel at their own expense, and must only enter the UK at specific entry points. Fines apply for non-compliance
20/12 UK: Due to a more virulent strain of the virus being reported in the UK, numerous countries have banned arrivals from the UK
15/12 England: Travellers may be allowed to leave self-isolation early for work related activities if they test negative in the Test to Release scheme
05/12 England: Senior executives returning to travelling to England can do so without isolating when undertaking their work
02/11 Scotland: Local tiered lockdown approach applied with different rules based on five tiers
18/09 UK: Legal requirement for venues to collect contact details in designated venues
15/07 UK: VAT reduced from 20% to 5% on accommodation, food and non-alcoholic drinks

 

Should you need any assistance please contact your travel team or get in touch PRIORITY

OVERALL GUIDANCE:
 ACCOMMODATION GUIDANCE:
  • OVERVIEW: Travellers can stay away from home, while properties need to be COVID Secure
  • CAPACITY: Most UK properties have re-opened although some remain closed – as previously PRIORITY is in contact with the supply chain to secure availability
  • CATERING: Some properties offer very limited breakfast and dinner services, room service or collection only. Alcohol may be unavailable subject to loacl rules
  • CHECK IN AND CHECK OUT: Hoteliers are being led by government guidelines as these evolve, such that many are endeavouring to limit touch, and may also enquire about a traveller’s health
  • CLEANING: Advanced cleaning procedures are being adopted in all areas. Guest rooms will not be cleaned during a guest’s stay, with towels and linen being on a request only basis
  • SOCIAL DISTANCING: While no longer a legal requirement in England, these remain in place in all other UK locations and some operators may require social distancing measures to be followed.
  • OCCUPANCY: Some properties are restricting occupancy to only allow the sharing of a room for guests from the same household
  • OTHER ON-SITE SERVICES: Services within restaurants, leisure facilities, meeting rooms and other public areas may continiue to be unavailable
  • REFUNDS: Many hoteliers are being flexible on cancellations and refunds
  • TIMINGS: Please allow more time for arriving, departing and accessing services
  • VAT: VAT on accommodation, food and non-alcoholic drinks has being reduced, with most corporate hotels passing the saving on to travellers. Reduced VAT remains at 5% until 30 September, increasing to 12.5% from 01 October 2021 to 31 March 2022, after which it is expected to return to 20%
MEETING GUIDANCE:
  • OVERVIEW: Business Meetings for work, training or education purposes can take place in properties that are COVID Secure
  • CAPACITY: Where small meetings are necessary these are for a maximum of number of people on the basis that social distancing rules can be applied and as led by local restrictions
  • CLEANING: Advanced cleaning procedures are being adopted in all areas
  • SOCIAL DISTANCING: While no longer a legal requirement in England, these remain in place in all other UK locations and some operators may require social distancing measures to be followed
  • REFUNDS: Many hoteliers are being flexible on cancellations and refunds
  • TIMINGS: Social distancing measures may lead to delays on check in and departure, with a strong emphasis on limiting contact wherever possible
FLIGHT GUIDANCE:
  • OVERVIEW: Travel permitted in line with traffic light system
  • CAPACITY: Many airlines have reduced capacity on flights to promote social distancing, which may result in some services not being available at the time of your search
  • CATERING: Limited food and drink provision available on flights may continue with some operators
  • CHECK IN AND CHECK OUT: Minimise luggage and face to face contact. Due to social distancing measures at airports, travellers can anticipate delays on check in and the drop off and collection of luggage
  • SOCIAL DISTANCING: While no longer a legal requirement in England, these remain in place in all other UK locations and some operators may require social distancing measures to be followed
  • CLEANING: Airlines are undertaking advanced cleaning protocols on planes
  • OTHER IN-FLIGHT SERVICES: To reduce touch points some airlines have removed pillows, blankets and in-flight sales
  • TICKET REFUNDS: Airlines are taking differing positions on refunds, so while some airlines are refunding fares, others are providing vouchers
  • TIMINGS: Please allow more time for your overall journey
RAIL GUIDANCE:
  • OVERVIEW: Travel permitted
  • CAPACITY: Some Train Operating Companies have reduced capacity on train services to promote social distancing, which may result in some services not being available at the time of your search
  • CATERING: Limited food and drink provision available on flights may continue with some operators
  • CLEANING: Train Operating Companies are undertaking advanced cleaning protocols on trains
  • SOCIAL DISTANCING: While no longer a legal requirement in England, these remain in place in all other UK locations and some operators may require social distancing measures to be followed
  • FLEXIBLE TICKETS: Where you book a flexible train ticket, your seat reservation (please see note below about Seat Reservations) may only apply to the service time and route you selected, so to travel at a different time please check at the station ticket office before boarding
  • SEAT RESERVATIONS: Some Train Operating Companies are mandating that all travellers require seat reservations where seats can be booked, so please ensure you have seat reserved for all journeys.
  • TIMINGS: Please allow more time for your overall journey
  • TICKET COLLECTION: Where possible please use E-Tickets rather than collecting tickets from stations
  • TICKET REFUNDS: Rail tickets are being refunded with some greater flexibility provided, however there are delays on refunds being processed
Should you have any queries around your travel requirements please get in touch with a member of the team who will readily provide assistance, or get in touch PRIORITY.
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