Welcome to our 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
International Air Travel Falls
The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) have reported that a staggering 62 million travel and tourism jobs were lost in 2020 due to the effects of the pandemic.
Travel & Tourism GDP fell from £238 billion (10.1%) in 2019 before the pandemic struck, to just £90 billion (4.2%), a mere 12 months later, in 2020.
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
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.
Book with Confidence
Our Flexibility Promise
If you’re looking forward to booking your holiday but want full flexibility in your plans, Health and Fitness Travel’s promise is you can book your wellness trip in absolute confidence.
We are here to help, and your holiday is in safe hands. Our clients will have the freedom to rearrange their holiday without any cost up to 7- 30 days before departure depending on the holiday booked at time. We will highlight the resorts individual cancellation terms to you prior to booking your holiday.
Our flexibility promise means you can reserve your holiday worry free, knowing you can change your plans if needed. If FCDO guidance affects your holiday with updated rules on quarantining or travel restrictions and you are therefore unable to rebook your trip for a future date, then your holiday will be refunded 45 days before departure. However, additional charges may apply on any changes to your trip such as the accommodation, extended nights, seasonality and any increases on next years prices.
*A limited number of hotels and holidays are excluded from this offer and will be highlighted prior to you booking your holiday.
Safe Travel Advice
TTA & ATOL Protection
Essential Travel Advice
For the very latest information on UK travel restrictions and requirements, please visit the Government's Foreign Travel Advice page.
Travel to and from the UK is now open though testing and quarantine requirements vary from country to country.
The UK's traffic light system has now been replaced with just a red list where travel is not recommended by the UK Government. You can read more on that below.
Fully vaccinated travellers will no longer need to quarantine on their arrival in the UK unless they have been in a red list country within the last 10 days.
Please see more information below on requirements for returning to the UK.
Can I book a Holiday?
Our Wellness Travel Specialists are on-hand to give you the latest advice in line with restrictions and will be all too happy to help you plan your next wellness retreat. Our flexible booking policy means that if your holiday can't go ahead, we can change your dates, offer you a refund or a refund credit notice.
When booking a holiday, do be sure to choose a reputable travel agent with a clear COVID-19 booking policy and industry protections for your peace of mind!
- 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
UK Travel Lists
There is now just a red list - if you travel to one of these countries you will need to pay to stay in a pre-booked government-approved quarantine hotel for 10 days.
Returning to the UK
Before Departure: All travellers to the UK aged 12 and over will have to show proof of a negative test, even if they are fully vaccinated. This can be a PCR or lateral flow test and must be taken in the two days before departure for the UK.
This needs to be a private test – free NHS lateral flow test kits can’t be used. The test can be taken either in the country you start your journey or another country en route to the UK.
If you test positive, you should follow local rules in place in the country you’re in and do not travel to the UK.
After Arriving in the UK: You have two days to take another test – which must be a PCR
This must be booked before you travel and bought privately from a government-approved list of providers.
While you’re waiting for a result, you must self-isolate – regardless of your vaccination status. You can stop isolating if your test is negative.
Everyone aged 5 and over (11 in Scotland) must take these tests.
In addition, all travellers coming to the UK must fill in and submit an online passenger locator form no more than 48 hours before arriving – even if they are just passing through the UK.
The testing rules do not apply to travellers from Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man (unless they have been in another country in the 10 days before departure for the UK)
You will only need to quarantine if you have come from a country on the UK’s travel red list.
The only people allowed to enter the UK from red list countries are UK or Irish nationals or UK residents. They have to pay for and self-isolate in a pre-booked government- approved hotel for 10 days. Rates are currently:
10 days (11 nights) for one adult - £2,285
Additional adult (or child over 11) - £1,430
Children aged 5-11 - £325
The current UK rules say that if you aren’t fully vaccinated and you’re over 18 you need to:
- Take a PCR or lateral flow/antigen test (from a private provider not an NHS test) in the 2 days before you travel to the UK
- Take a test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8 after your return
- Self-isolate for 10 days after arrival in the UK
- Test to release will remain an option for unvaccinated passengers to England who want to shorten their quarantine