Apr 07, 2020

Covid 19 Update

Covid 19 Update – 24th September 2021

Since the start of 2020, the Covid 19 virus has swept across the world at a bewildering and frankly alarming speed.

As a global pandemic, Covid 19 is first and foremost a health crisis, the likes of which we haven’t seen for a hundred years. Our thoughts are therefore with the many victims of the virus as well as the multitude of workers fighting to contain it.

In addition to being a major health crisis, Covid 19 has also become an economic crisis, affecting millions of people around the world. Travel & tourism are amongst the industries hit hardest by the pandemic and, in the likes of Mexico, Guatemala & Cuba, thousands of people have already lost their jobs and / or their livelihoods.

The health, safety and well-being of our customers, staff and local partners is always paramount in our thoughts but we also need to return to something like the old normal – in this regard, the government’s announcement that double vaccinated British citizens (at least those living in England for now) can travel to Amber countries without needing to quarantine on their return, is certainly a big step forward.

Bookings & Enquiries

Our current position in terms of bookings is as follows.

Cuba – we are currently accepting new bookings for travel to Cuba from 10th January 2022, flying direct with Virgin Atlantic only.  

Mexico – we are currently accepting new bookings for travel to Mexico from 10th January 2022, flying direct with British Airways only. 

Guatemala – bookings to Guatemala are currently suspended. 

The continued roll-out of the vaccine in the UK and the goverment announcement on 9th July (that people who have had both their vaccination jabs can travel to an Amber destination without the need to quarantine on return) also gives us encouragement that a return to something resembling the ‘old-norm’ isn’t too far off, especially towards the end of 2021, perhaps including the introduction of a vaccine passport.

Anyway, for the moment we’re happy to chat about pretty much anything and everything – travel, cooking, sport, film and tv recommendations, dog videos, ufo sightings, bake off……

Covid 19 and Cuba

Although not entirely closed, travel to Cuba is currently highly restricted. The current roll-out of the nation’s very own Covid vaccine should result in a much improved situation towards the end of 2021 and start of 2022.

Cuba is currently defined as Red under the English travel traffic light system. 

The only direct, scheduled flights between the UK and Cuba (Havana) are with Virgin Atlantic from Heathrow. Services are expected to resume no earlier than 1st January 2022.

For the most up to date UK government advice on travel to Cuba, please click here.

Further information can be found on our dedicated page Cuba Covid 19 Entry Requirements.

Covid 19 and Guatemala

Guatemala is slowly opening to foreign visitors although unfettered travel across the country still isn’t possible.

As there are no direct flights between the UK and Guatemala (visitors typically travel via the United States), this is another complication in eventually re-starting holidays to Guatemala.

Guatemala is currently defined as Amber under the English travel traffic light system. 

For the most up to date UK government advice on travel to Guatemala, please click here.

Covid 19 and the Yucatan Peninsula

There are currently no destination restrictions on UK nationals visiting although we do not advise making plans to visit before 2022.

The only direct, scheduled flights between the UK and Yucatan Peninsula (Cancun) are with British Airways who are currently operating from Gatwick.

Mexico is currently defined as Red under the English travel traffic light system. 

For the most up to date UK government advice on travel to Mexico, please click here.

Traffic Light System

You may also wish to read our feature on the UK’s travel traffic light system.

 

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