Covid-19 Travel Update 26th May 2021

Covid-19 Travel Update


26 May 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:
26/05 England: While no change to the rules, caution is recommended in some locations due to a new variant
14/05 N. Ireland: From 24 May, international travel may resume, while accommodation and hospitality venues reopen while travellers from the UK, Ireland, Channel Islands and Isle of Man do no need to self-isolate
11/05 Scotland: From 17 May, international travel may resume, while accommodation and hospitality venues reopen and tier levels re-introduced
10/05 England: From 17 May, international travel may resume, while accommodation and hospitality venues reopen and provide food and alcohol indoors
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 amber list countries returning travellers must enter the UK at specific entry points, and self-isolate for 10 days at home or the place you are staying. 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
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
22/02 England: From earliest 21 June, legal restrictions on social contract and event attendance removed
09/02 UK: Travellers arriving into the UK from 15 February will need to self-isolate for 10 days and take a test on days two and eight, and self-isolate for a further 10 days if they test positive. Fines apply for non-compliance. Evidence will still be required of a negative COVID test result taken up to 72hrs before travel to the UK
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
18/12 Scotland: Cross border travel within the UK permitted for essential travel only
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
14/12 UK: Isolation period reduced from 14 days to 10 days
14/12 Wales: Local tiered lockdown approach applied with different rules based on four tiers
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
09/10 England: Guidelines updated for hospitality venue collection of contact details
28/09 UK: Meetings for up to 30 delegates still permitted, but larger events can still not take place
18/09 UK: Legal requirement for venues to collect contact details in designated venues
08/08 UK: Face coverings will be mandatory in all public areas within hotels in addition to public transport
15/07 UK: VAT reduced from 20% to 5% on accommodation, food and non-alcoholic drinks
04/07 England: 2m distance rule reduced to 1m+ where it is not possible to stay 2 metres apart


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

OVERALL GUIDANCE:
  • INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL NOW PERMITTED, however if you have experienced coronavirus symptoms (Link to NHS advice) in the last 7 days, are self-isolating due to symptoms, have been sharing a household with someone who has had symptoms in the last 10 days, or been told to self-isolate. Refer to the traffic light system on international travel (link to Government guidance)
  • LOCAL ACTION - ENGLAND: From 12 April rules began to relax with further rule relaxations taking place on 17 May with hospitality and venues re-opening (link to Government guidance). Guidance updated to recommend caution in some locations due to a new variant
  • LOCAL ACTION - N. IRELAND: Have further relaxed rules (link to N. Ireland restriction guidance)
  • LOCAL ACTION - SCOTLAND: Locations are subject to localised action with restrictions applying (link to Government local measures). Hospitality venues can serve alcohol indoors until 22.30
  • LOCAL ACTION - WALES: All locations have moved to alert level 2 such that hospitality and other venues have re-opened (link to Welsh Government guidance)
  • COLLECTION OF CONTACT DETAILS is mandatory for hospitality venues to support testing and tracing (link to Government Test and Trace advice)
  • INBOUND TRAVEL TO THE UK: Traffic light system introduced (link to Traffic Light travel guidance)
  • Guidance on travelling to European Countries can be found here
  • OUTBOUND TRAVEL FROM THE UK: the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) continues to update guidance on travel, especially as countries (link to FCO countries guidance) may restrict travel without notice
  • TEST TO RELEASE: From 15 December travellers may be able to leave self-isolation early where they have tested negative by participating in the test to release scheme which costs between £65 and £120 (link to Government guidance)
 ACCOMMODATION GUIDANCE:
  • OVERVIEW: Travellers can stay away from home in England for work purposes, 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: Most 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
  • FACE MASKS: Compulsory for non-seated customers
  • 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: Social distancing measures may lead to delays on check in and departure, with a strong emphasis on limiting contact wherever possible
  • 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
  • FACE MASKS: Compulsory for non-seated customers
  • 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: For Essential travel, such as where an alternative way of travelling is not possible
  • 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
  • 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
  • CLEANING: Airlines are undertaking advanced cleaning protocols on planes
  • FACE MASKS: Compulsory
  • OTHER IN-FLIGHT SERVICES: To reduce touch points many 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: Social distancing measures including mandatory face covering are being introduced at airports and on planes, so please allow more time for your overall journey
RAIL GUIDANCE:
  • OVERVIEW: For Essential travel, such as where an alternative way of travelling is not possible
  • 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: No food and drink provision available onboard rail services
  • CLEANING: Train Operating Companies are undertaking advanced cleaning protocols on trains
  • FACE MASKS: Compulsory
  • 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: Social distancing measures including mandatory face covering are being introduced across the rail network including stations, so 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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