Apr 07, 2020

Covid 19 Update

Covid 19 Update – 22nd January 2022

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 – something that feels ever closer in our featured holiday  destinations.

Bookings & Enquiries

Our current position in terms of bookings is as follows.

Cuba – we are currently accepting new bookings for travel to Cuba with immediate effect. 

Mexico – we are currently accepting new bookings for travel to Mexico, flying direct with British Airways only. 

Guatemala – bookings to Guatemala are currently suspended. 

The continued rapid roll-out of the vaccine and booster jabs, changes to the UK travel traffic light system in the UK gives us encouragement that a return to something resembling the ‘old-norm’ isn’t too far off, even with the recent discovery of the Omicron variant.

So, if you’re itching to get travelling again, we’re ready and waiting to help make the arrangements – all fully backed up by our ABTOT & ATOL bonds.

Covid 19 and Cuba

Having been largely closed to international travel since the start of the pandemic, the successful roll-out of the nation’s very own Covid vaccines allowed Cuba to reopen its borders to fully vaccinated tourists on 15th November 2021. At present, visitors are also required to take a Covid PCR test within 72 hours of travel.

Cuba is currently defined as ‘Rest of the World’ under the 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 sometime in November 2022. Until then, there are indirect flights via Madrid, Paris etc.

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

Covid 19 and Guatemala

Guatemala has largely re-opened to tourism once more.

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

Guatemala is currently defined as ‘Rest of the World’ 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 local restrictions on UK nationals visiting Mexico.

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 ‘Rest of the World’ 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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