Covid 19 Update – 17th January 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 look ahead to a time when it is safe to resume travelling.
Bookings & Enquiries
In light of the ongoing uncertainty, apparent on so many levels, we are currently not accepting new bookings for travel to our featured destinations of Cuba, Guatemala and the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico.
However, travel will resume at some time in the future so, for now, so we are more than happy to discuss clients’ future travel plans and, where possible, provide itineraries and quotes.
The continued roll-out of the vaccine in the UK also gives us encouragement that a return to something resembling the ‘old-norm’ isn’t too far off, perhaps in the second half 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
Cuba is, very slowly, opening up to foreign visitors. The country’s island resorts and Varadero opened first, with Havana airport following on 15th November. However, parts of Cuba are still closed to travel and, until the whole island re-opens to tourism, we shall hold off resuming bookings.
As of the end of August 2020, the British FCO added Cuba to its ‘exempt’ list. This allows UK citizens to travel to Cuba without having to self-quarantine on return to the UK.
Per the above, and as of 16th January, all corridors have been temporarily suspended.
For the most up to date UK government advice on travel to Cuba, please click here.
See also details of the new Virgin Atlantic Covid-19 Cover (Virgin offer the only direct, scheduled flights between the UK and Cuba although, at the moment, it is not known exactly when flights will resume, they have advised that it will not be before 27th March 2021.
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.
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 advise against travel to the country.
The only direct, scheduled flights between the UK and Yucatan Peninsula (Cancun) are with British Airways and, at this time, we are not sure when flights will resume.
For the most up to date UK government advice on travel to Mexico, please click here.