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 Covid-19 Information Hub

We've curated all the latest information on the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in one place to help you make informed decisions about wellness travel.

The Impact on Travel
Find out how COVID-19 has changed travel as we know it
Our Book with Confidence Policy
Offering complete peace of mind to our valued clients
Essential Travel Advice
For the need-to-know-nows of travelling during the pandemic
Useful Resources
Helpful links for maintaining your wellness present & future

The Impact on Travel

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A 70% fall in international arrivals for the first 8 months of 2020 

International Air Travel Falls

Across the globe, borders have closed and people were asked to stay home to prevent the spread of the virus. This lead to a 70% fall in international arrivals in the first 8 months of 2020 and continues to have an impact on flight capacity and the travel industry as a whole.

Travel Industry

As we know, the travel industry has been greatly impacted by global restrictions on travel and the subsequent economic fallout of such limitations.
The  World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) have reported that a staggering 174 million travel and tourism jobs could be lost in 2020 if barriers to travel remain in place.

Analysis shows that should current travel restrictions be removed sooner, globally, a staggering 31 million jobs could be saved by the end of 2020.

Prolonged travel restrictions could also eliminate $4.7 trillion in the sector’s contribution to global GDP, equating to a loss of 53% compared to 2019.

Changing Restrictions

In April 2020, at least 91% of the world’s population were living in countries with restrictions on international travellers who weren’t citizens or residents (this included tourists, as well as business travellers and new immigrants).

Over the summer, as travel corridors began to be formed and restrictions began to ease, many travellers welcomed the opportunity to book much-needed holidays only to have them curtailed by last minute restrictions including border closes, being taken of the travel corridor list and the introduction of quarantine measures.

The travel industry has consistently called for decreased or removed quarantine times in line with mass testing to grant greater travel access and help the industry to recover.

Changing Consumer Behaviour

In light of COVID-19 travel restrictions, many travellers have understandably felt uneasy about booking breaks or even travelling during the pandemic. 

Here at Health and Fitness Travel, we've seen a rise, where restrictions have allowed, in clients taking extended wellness holidays in our more remote luxury destinations with some even chartering private jets to access retreats in a safer, more efficient way. 

We've also seen a rise in those choosing to holiday domestically - opting for staycation retreats that help to boost fitness, wellbeing and immunity on soil closer to home. 

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Our Flexibility Promise

We are here to help, and your holiday is in safe hands. For any holidays which have not gone ahead we are amending dates, offering refunds and refund credit notes, we are also re-booking holidays, with no travel amendment fees, including the best possible offers and honouring 2020 rates for 2021 travel. We are being as flexible as possible and are here to do all the hard work for you.

Safe Travel Advice

We are only recommending and booking holidays to the safest destinations and working closely with our retreat partners who have endorsed the best procedures and measures to stay healthy and safe. We have long standing relationships with hotels and airlines around the world who we work closely with to give you the flexibility you need. Working also closely with the local governments regarding the safest options to travel around the world.

24-7 Support

We guarantee you peace of mind and provide on-going support before, during and after your holiday. 

TTA & ATOL Protection

In the UK, all holidays booked with Health and Fitness Travel are fully TTA (Travel Trust Association) and ATOL protected so if you are involuntarily prevented from travelling, you can choose to postpone your wellness holiday with us or receive a refund.

Essential Travel Advice

Current Restrictions

Different rules apply in ScotlandWales and Northern Ireland. You must follow all the rules that apply to you.

For the very latest information on UK travel restrictions and requirements, please visit the Government's Foreign Travel Advice page.


UK travel restrictions are currently rapidly changing, with bans in place for much of Europe due to the COVID-19 pandemic and a national lockdown now in place.

From the 18th January 2021, all arrivals to the UK will need to have been tested for COVID-19 no more than 72 hours prior to their departure. Exemptions apply for those travelling from St Lucia, Barbados, Antigua and Barbuda until the 21st January.

Travellers from the Falkland Islands and St Helena are exempted permanently.

From the 15th December 2020, travellers arriving in England from countries not on the Government's travel corridor list will no longer have to isolate for 14 days provided they take a privately funded COVID-19 test on day 5 of their return as part of the new Test to Release scheme.

Following a negative result, the period of self-isolation will be over. If you do not take a test within 5 days of your return, you will have to isolate for the full 10 day period.

The isolation period when returning from countries not on the government's travel quarantine list will be reduced from 14 to 10 days as of Monday 14th December.


Any travel during the COVID-19 pandemic will be subject to health and safety requirements, make sure to read up on these or consult your travel agent prior to depature. Such requirements can include but are not limited to:
  • A negative COVID-19 test for entry
  • Self-isolation or quarantining upon arrival subject to original destination and travel corridors
  • Social distancing measures and reinforcement that may restrict services
  • Masks to be worn on airplanes and in some countries, all public places unless medically exempt
  • Temperature or thermal camera checks
  • Completion and submission of passenger locator forms or similar for contact tracing in the event of an outbreak

You Should Not Travel If:

  • Are experiencing any coronavirus symptoms or have done in the last 7 days
  • Are self-isolating as a result of coronavirus symptoms
  • Are sharing a household or support bubble with anyone who has experienced coronavirus symptoms in the last 14 days
  • Have been advised by NHS Test & Trace to self-isolate
For more guidance on safe travel via airports and flying please consult the UK government website here.

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