Coronavirus travel restrictions - what do they mean for your trip?
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We have updated our group safety and wellbeing protocols so that you can still enjoy an incredible trip, with the same activities and quality learning experiences, but with extra COVID-19 precautions. Follow this link to find out how you can book and travel with confidence.
GUIDE FOR GROUPS WITH AN UPCOMING TRIP
The guide below explains current travel advice and summarises the options for groups with an upcoming booking. Please note that we are in direct contact with all travel organisers who have an upcoming trip and so if you are part of an organised group, please talk to your trip organiser for an update.
Travel advice for educational settings
On 26 March the DfE published new coronavirus operational guidance for schools and FE colleges in England, including indicative dates by when settings should be able to plan and take educational trips once again. Follow this link to see the latest advice from the DfE.
foreign Office travel advice
As an ABTA bonded tour operator, we take our lead from the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), the government authority on safety, security and entry requirements for British people travelling overseas.
The current advice is that groups can not travel abroad before 17 May 2020. When groups can book and take educational trips abroad depends on the advice of the Global Travel Taskforce (GTT) which has been commissioned to explore how to facilitate a safe return to international travel. The GTT is expected to report on international travel on 12 April 2021
FCDO advice is under constant review and you can check the latest by clicking on this link.
All our overnight trips comply with the Package Travel Regulations which means that if we have to cancel or significantly alter your trip due to Foreign Office advice, we will either provide a suitable alternative for your group or provide a full refund. We take this commitment very seriously and we can report that every group that we had to cancel during the pandemic has either received a full refund or has been happy to postpone their trip to a later date.
We would only cancel your trip if it falls under the immediate FCDO travel restrictions. If the FCDO travel restrictions apply to your destination around the time your group is due to travel, then in the first instance we would work with you to postpone the trip to a later date. If that proves impossible, your group is eligible for a refund for the cost of the trip.
If your destination is exempted from FCDO travel restrictions at the time of your departure, then your group is free to travel and we will honour your booking. If your group is still reluctant to travel we will do our best to help you rearrange the trip to a later date. Otherwise, you can choose to cancel the trip but normal cancellations charges will apply. In this case, group organisers should contact us to talk you through the options.
FCO travel advice relating to coronavirus.
ABTA offers advice for customers looking to cancel a trip due to coronavirus on their website https://www.abta.com/news/coronavirus-outbreak
The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has produced information on school insurance following the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Academy schools and other members of the Risk Protection Arrangement (RPA) can find advice about claiming for cancelled school trips here. If you have any further questions about your cover or would like further reassurance, you should contact your insurance provider.
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