Covid-19 & Travel Advice

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COVID-19
All restrictions have now been lifted in the UK, and although many establishments are actively encouraging the wearing of masks, it is no longer a legal requirement within hospitality.
Whilst the world feels very much ‘back to normal’, it is worth bearing in mind that the hospitality industry has taken a battering over the pandemic, and therefore staffing levels may not yet be back up to 2019 levels. Hotels, restaurants and bars are doing everything they can to deliver the expected service, but we do urge patience and understanding in the early stages of recovery.
Travel to other countries, including Ireland, requires certain criteria being met, so please check before travel and ensure your customers are informed.

TRAVEL ADVICE & USEFUL LINKS
The following websites might be useful when planning your tours:
Foreign Office – Travel Advice
See further below for quick links to our featured European countries
NHS – Healthcare Abroad
UK Passport Service

TRAVEL TO IRELAND
GOV.UK – IRELAND

All passengers must complete a Passenger Locator Form with 72 hours of arriving in Ireland. Please click the web link below:
Passenger Locator Form

In order to complete the form, you will need a mobile phone which you will also be taking with you, and which you will need to complete the form, receiving a text with a Verification Code in order to continue. The form will ask for the following details:
Mobile number
Full name
Email address
Name of the hotel you will be staying in
How you will be arriving in Ireland
Details/date of your 2nd vaccine
Type of vaccine

On arrival at the UK port
In order to board the ferry, everyone on the coach will need:
1. Passenger Locator Form email confirmation
2. Evidence of full vaccination from the NHS in the form of either a mobile QR code or Paper/card version
3. Photo ID in the form of passport or photo driving licence/bus pass

The driver will need
A passenger manifest including dates of birth

Please note
Coach operators are responsible for checking that all your clients have the correct documentation prior to boarding the coach. Staff at ports are likely to do spot checks, and should anyone fail, it is likely that the whole coach would have to be pulled aside and checked, which could lead to delays.

Return to the UK from Ireland
Currently there are no documentation requirements for returning to the UK

 

NHS COVID PASS
Details of how to get an NHS COVID Pass can be found HERE

UK GOVERNMENT EUROPEAN TRAVEL ADVICE
See below links to the Gov.uk website for individual countries for the latest travel advice:
AUSTRIA
ANDORRA
BELGIUM
CROATIA
FRANCE
GERMANY
ITALY
LUXEMBOURG
NETHERLANDS
POLAND
PORTUGAL
SLOVENIA
SPAIN
SWITZERLAND

 

DRIVING IN ITALY – ZTL PERMITS & FINES

If you are touring in Italy, you need to be aware of the restrictions that exist entering towns and cities. These can vary considerably across the country.

ZTLs (Zona Traffico Limitato) are zones which restrict entry and circulation at certain times and affect all vehicles including local ones. In order to avoid unexpected fines, you need to get a permit ahead of crossing a ZTL. Signage for these zones is not always clear, so we recommend you find out ahead of travel, where they are and if you are likely to cross them.

Click HERE for information for individual Italian zones

 

DRIVING IN EUROPE – REGULATIONS

For information about driving regulations, low emission zones and access regulations across Europe, click HERE

 

SEA CROSSING TERMS & CONDITIONS
If a ferry/sea crossing forms part of your tour(s), please note that individual operators’ terms & conditions apply. These may vary and apply to all coach passengers. For the most up-to-date information, please see the links below:

P&O Ferries
DFDS
Irish Ferries
CalMac
NorthLink Ferries
Isle of Man Steam Packet
Wight Link
Condor Ferries
Stena Line
Brittany Ferries
Eurotunnel – Le Shuttle
Eurostar