This is a very stressful time for all our clients with travel plans. Whether you’ve rescheduled a recent trip, or cancelled it entirely, our first priority is to ensure that you are aware of the situation. We are currently in the process of helping many of our clients, and we are working closely with our suppliers to ensure that travel plans are minimally disrupted.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) travel impacts in the UK are detailed here on the NHS website.
If you are currently travelling or recently returned to the UK, please inform yourself via the UK Government’s latest update feed.
Boris Johnson has announced that he will be holding daily Coronavirus COVID-19 press conferences to update the UK public on news unfolding. You can find out more on this via The Guardian.
The coronavirus (COVID-19) is a flu-like virus. Like the flu, it can have a significant impact on people who contract it, particularly the elderly or those who have a compromised immune system (such as newborns and infants).
Stay at home
- Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home)
- If you go out, stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people at all times
- Wash your hands as soon as you get home
Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) travel advice
Foreign & Commonwealth Office travel advice is constantly under review, so that it reflects our latest assessment of risks to British people.
In response to coronavirus measures we are advising against all and all but essential travel to some countries, cities and regions. You must check the travel advice to the country you are travelling to.
Please get in touch with your Travel Expert as soon as possible to find out more information about how Coronavirus COVID-19 may effect you. We are currently processing cancellations and rescheduling trips for many of our clients and while this process takes some time we are always available to answer any queries or requests.
Returning to the UK
Many countries and territories have introduced screening measures (temperature checks and health/travel questions) and entry restrictions at border crossings and transport hubs.
If you have recently been in a country affected by the virus you may need to be quarantined, or you may not be allowed to enter or travel through a third country.
Check the travel advice pages for all countries you are planning to visit or transit. For further information about entry requirements, contact the local immigration authorities or the embassy, high commission or consulate of the country you’re travelling to.
Booking Changes & Refund Requests
If you have booked your trip with 1000 Mile Travel Group and you are no longer able to travel, based on new restrictions:
- If you are travelling to areas with travel restrictions in place in the next five days, please get in touch with your Travel Expert today. If you do not have access to your Travel Experts contact details, you can get in touch via the Contact Us page or via the email address email@example.com
As governments and local authorities bring in measures to control the spread of the virus, some airlines are changing their schedules or suspending flights for some destinations. If you’re due to travel to an area affected by coronavirus, keep up-to-date with the latest information from your travel company or airline.
If you are planning to go on a cruise, be aware a COVID-19 outbreak on board is possible, and your travel may be disrupted. If you are aged 70 and over, or if you have underlying health conditions, we advise you against cruise ship travel at this time. Find out more in our cruise ship travel guidance. The Cruise Line International Association (CLIA) has adopted an enhanced member health policy which all CLIA ocean member cruise lines must follow. It includes guidance on who should be permitted to board cruise ships. If you are due to travel on an international cruise, contact your travel company for the latest information.
Many tour operators are putting measures in place for the health and safety of travellers. A number of tour operators are electing to cancel departures and/or modify itineraries throughout Asia and Europe primarily. All tour operators have their own change and cancellation policies in place.
The UK Government have put together a coronavirus specific checklist that will help inform you on what measures to take before you travel:
Visit the Gov.UK COVID-19 Travel Advice page regularly as it is constantly updated given the evolving situation overseas
Check travel advice for your destination regularly and sign-up to email alerts.
Make sure you can access money to cover emergencies and unexpected delays. Take more than one means of payment with you
Be prepared to follow the advice of local authorities abroad. Be ready to comply with local isolation or quarantine requirements, and to rely on the local health system
Read the details of your travel insurance carefully, and check that you are covered. Contact your insurer if you are uncertain
Contact your 1000MTG Travel Expert, airline, cruise line or other transport and accommodation providers to check for any coronavirus-related changes
Make sure you have enough medication with you in case you are abroad longer than planned
Decide if you, and those you may be travelling with, can manage logistical and financial disruption to your travel
Arrange extra support for family members, dependants or pets who may need care if you are abroad longer than planned
If you are older, or if you have pre-existing medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease), you are more likely to become severely ill if you catch the virus. 1000MTG would recommend that if you fall into this category, you should reconsider travelling altogether. Check the NHS guidance before you travel.
We’ve provided a list of tips direct from the NHS on how to keep yourself and others around you safe.
wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
always wash your hands when you get home or into work
use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell