Our travel guidance
Where can I get a private Covid 19 Test?
Check which testing package you need for your holiday
The tests you need depends on the entry requirements of your holiday destination and the UK country you live in – requirements vary from country to country.
You can check the entry requirements for your destination here:
You also need to check what action you need to take when you return home. You can find the latest information on the Government’s Traffic Light system here:
You can also find links to the entry requirements for returning to Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland in the above link.
Depending on your destination, you may need:
- A ‘fit to fly’ test, if your holiday destination requires you to take a test before you go.
- A ‘test to return’, which you’ll need to pack with you and carry out while you’re on holiday in order to gain entry into the UK when you return.
- Tests that you need to take after your holiday, on days 2 and/or 8 once you’ve arrived home.
The Government have a list of approved private testing firms. This list is updated daily with the latest providers. You can find details here:
Several UK airlines can also direct their passengers to test providers, so you should also check with the airline you are flying with. We have provided links to the most popular airlines below:
You must ensure you comply with the testing requirements both for your destination and for your return home. Please see the below articles for further information:
What does it mean if my holiday is on the Government’s “Red List”?
We will not be operating holidays that fall under the “Red” category. Currently, this only applies to holidays we operate to Turkey & Egypt.
What does it mean if my holiday is on the Government’s “Amber List”?
If the destination of your holiday is currently on the Government's "Amber List", your booking will operate as planned.
Fully Vaccinated Travellers
You will need to take an antigen (rapid flow) test for re-entry into the UK and a PCR test once you’re home and complete a Passenger Locator Form. You’ll also need to check you comply with the entry requirements for your holiday destination.
You will need to take an antigen (rapid flow) test before you return to the UK, complete a Passenger Locator Form, and then take two PCR tests when you get home.
Furthermore, you’ll also be required to self-isolate at home for 10 days – unless you opt in to the so-called "Test to Release Scheme".
Children aged 5yrs to 17yrs are not required to self-isolate when returning from Amber destinations, however they will need to take a PCR test on their return to the UK. Children aged 4yrs and under are exempt from testing and isolation.
All travellers returning from France from 19 July 2021
Regardless of your vaccination status, all arrivals returning from France on or after 19 July must:
- self-isolate at home for 10 days – unless you opt in to the so-called "Test to Release Scheme".
- take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8
Children aged 4 and under do not need to take the day 2 or day 8 test.
Before you go
Please don't forget to check the entry requirements for your holiday destination, and make sure that you also comply with those. For the latest Government guidance, please take a look at the helpful links below:
What does it mean if my holiday is on the Government’s “Green List”?
Your holiday will operate as planned. You will need to take an antigen (rapid flow) test for re-entry into the UK and a PCR test once you’re home and complete a Passenger Locator Form. You’ll also need to check you comply with the entry requirements for your holiday destination. We have provided some links below:
Am I entitled to compensation if I am unable to travel due to Covid-19/Coronavirus?
We understand that changes to holiday plans can be disappointing. Unfortunately, as the reason your holiday cannot take place is outside of the control of James Villa Holidays, you won’t be entitled to any compensation. Where your holiday has been cancelled due to Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office advice or travel restrictions, you will be entitled to a full refund. Please find more information and our Cornavirus Guidance here.
What should I pack to make sure I am safe from Covid-19?
Packing for your holiday might be a little bit different due to Covid-19 with a new list of essentials you’ll need to take with you. Much like in the UK, many destinations have adopted health and safety precautions to stop the spread of Covid-19. Here’s a list of things you should take on your holiday:
- Hand sanitiser
Make sure you take enough for the whole trip to make sure you have enough if you aren’t able to get hold of any whilst you’re on holiday
- Disinfectant spray/wipes
These can come in handy if you need to wipe down any surfaces during your travels
- Face masks
You’ll be required to wear a face mask while on the plane and at the airport. Many countries have also adopted the use of face masks so you’ll need enough for the duration of your holiday too.
It’s recommended that you take some gloves on holiday with you too. These aren’t mandatory but a good way to stop any contact with surfaces whilst traveling.
There are also changes to the documentation you may need to take with you including forms that need to be filled out pre-departure. Be sure to check the government guidelines of your holiday destination to ensure you have everything you need before departure.
What safety measures have the airline put in place regarding Covid-19?
Check directly with your airline carrier for the most up-to-date information on what to expect at the airport and on the plane. Some airlines will require online check-ins, plus on-board services may be restricted. Full details will be listed on their website.
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