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    Our travel guidance

    • 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.

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    • 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. 

      Non-vaccinated Travellers

      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:


      FCDO Guidance on re-entry to the UK

      FCDO Travel Advice for entry requirement at your destination

      FCDO Step by Step Guide to travelling abroad

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    • 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:

      FCDO Guidance on re-entry to the UK

      FCDO Travel Advice for entry requirement at your destination

      FCDO Step by Step Guide to travelling abroad

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

      • Gloves

      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.

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    • 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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