Travel with the Traffic Light System … TravelFox explains …
As we approach the summer months, here at TravelFox HQ we were as keen as mustard to learn of the latest travel updates from Central Government, announced on 24th June. We've also wondered how this might affect honeymooners and their holiday plans.
There IS some good news, and to be honest, it was unrealistic of people to think that overseas travel would be a ‘free for all’ this year.
TravelFox has now had time to get to grips with latest traffic light ‘rules’! Of course, these can change any moment, and we’re happy to advise on a more detailed level if honeymooners would like us to help them book a much-needed holiday!
The excellent news is that Spain’s Balearic Islands (including Ibiza), Madeira, and Barbados have been added to the UK’s green watchlist! A total of 16 destinations are set to be added to this green list from 4am (British Summer Time) on Wednesday 30thJune. Destinations also include Antigua, Barbados, Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, Bermuda, the British Antarctic Territory, the Cayman Islands and many more. There's a few honeymoon destinations in this list.
You can find the full list here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/red-amber-and-green-list-rules-for-entering-england
The range of destinations is very positive for the travel industry, yet we must be aware of the rules, too.
The new additions came with a clear caveat that they could move to amber or even red lists swiftly if infection rates rise.
Some of the Rules
While this is great news, be aware there are still strict rules in place. This includes taking a Covid-19 test, booking and paying for a day 2 Covid-19 test and completing a passenger locator form before travelling to England; then on arrival in England, you must take a Covid-19 test on or before day 2 after you arrive. If you test positive, then the usual Covid-19 quarantine rules apply. NHS Test and Trace will also be in touch with you if someone you’ve travelled with tests positive. More details here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-and-treatment/if-youre-told-to-self-isolate-by-nhs-test-and-trace-or-the-covid-19-app/
Other good news is that those who’ve now received two vaccinations, and are therefore fully vaccinated, will probably be able to arrive in the UK from amber listed countries (see list here https://www.gov.uk/guidance/red-amber-and-green-list-rules-for-entering-england) without needing to quarantine. This will take place in stages throughout the summer, so please check the current rules if this news affects you.
More details about amber list travel, family travel and testing will be released sometime in July.
Travelling this Summer 2021
So, what about travelling this summer? With the travel industry wanting clarity, Department of Transport Minister Grant Shapps said: “We’re moving forward with efforts to safely reopen international travel this summer. Thanks to the success of our vaccination programme, we’re now able to consider removing the quarantine period for fully vaccinated UK arrivals from amber countries – a real sign of progress.”
Mr Shapps went on to say that the Government is taking a cautious approach.
We have to say while it’s cautious, it is also confusing!
Yet for the travel industry, even these shaky steps are welcome. We understand that there is a need for caution. Yet with over 60% of the UK nation now having had two jabs, and around 80% having received one jab, the vaccination roll out is doing well.
And of course, the lists and rules are revised every three weeks.
Now, we do need to mention the red list countries, which at the moment means you CANNOT travel to them for holiday purposes. Anyone who travels needs to travel to red list countries face steeps costs including a stay in a government-managed quarantine hotel. Details can be found here: https://www.which.co.uk/news/2021/06/travel-traffic-light-green-list-countries-where-holiday-abroad/
Amber listed countries have yet another set of rules including self-isolation and Covid tests. The Government is not keen on UK residents travelling to these nations and amber list countries should only be visited for essential reasons.
So, this leads us nicely onto the announcement yesterday about the green watch list. For those desperate for an overseas break, then this is a positive if very tentative development.
Here at TravelFox, we understand there is pent-up demand, we’re all in need of some decent holiday time and we’re all just a bit fed up with the rules and regulations!
The best thing you can do is get in touch with us for our expert advice. We are preparing for the 30th June, when the green watch list comes into ‘force’.
And we are now starting to populate our websites with tempting holiday and honeymoon opportunities! Why not take a look!
Posted 26th June 2021
Dream Honeymoon? Dream Price!
Time for Your Honeymoon!
Imagine you’ve had the best day of your life, you are married the one you love, and you have a dream honeymoon to look forward to, at a price you can afford!
Impossible? Well, we can make it a reality at the Calabash Cove Resort & Spa, St Lucia.
Calabash Cove & Resort, St Lucia
Welcome to this adult-only, romantic location that is both boutique and beautiful. Travelfox can offer this superb All-inclusive honeymoon experience from just £3,999 per person for ten nights.
This includes flying from London direct if you travel in the winter of 2021/2022.
A white sandy beach, luxury hotel, tucked-away suites with Jacuzzis and stunning views of the Caribbean and Bonaire Bay … yes, this experience can be yours!
The Calabash Cove Resort nestles in the north-west corner of this truly gorgeous Caribbean Island. With 26 suites and cottages, many also have the advantage of private pools.
All beautifully appointed using natural materials and those extra-special luxurious details that elevate this location above all others.
Treatments and Well Being
Those of you reading this will have probably had their wedding postponed and their honeymoon plans put into disarray thanks to the pandemic.
As we hopefully emerge from it, it is time to dream big and make those dreams a reality.
Calabash Cove includes those sparkling white sands, a custom-designed boardwalk for those loved-up strolls, and of course candlelit dinners all there for you to enjoy!
The hotel overlooks Bonaire Bay and Mason Point with the Ti Spa offering treatments, rejuvenation, and exercise with knowledgeable staff on hand to help.
Beauty treatments are also available for the ultimate in luxurious pampering.
The Ti Spa is the place to indulge and rejuvenate the body and mind. Tempt your senses with relaxing massage treatments, body scrubs (using local and natural ingredients) and more.
Make yourself even more beautiful on the outside with a beauty parlour treatment.
If you want to exercise the body, then use the fully equipped fitness centre, the large infinity pool, complete with swim-up bar and sundecks.
Enjoy the secluded beach, or why not have a round of golf, enjoy some horse riding, try windsurfing, kayaking, or sailing? All these incredible experiences are available close by.
The hotel includes 17 exquisitely appointed junior suites and 9 one-bedroom cottages. All furnished to the highest standards including king-size beds, Jacuzzi, shower, air conditioning, large flat screen tv, fridge (well stocked for guests on the all-inclusive package) with a private balcony or terrace.
The junior suites include four Swim-Up suites located on the ground floor of the main hotel building, offering direct access from a pretty patio to the hotel’s impressive infinity pool.
The Sunset Ocean View Junior Suites are situated on the upper floor of the main hotel building, overlooking the pool. These suites also spread into the adjacent building, commanding beach, and ocean views. Idyllic!
Then we have the Balinese-style Water’s Edge Cottages, right above the beach and which feature a seclude plunge pool, an outdoor rain shower and an ocean front balcony with relaxing hammock.
Wine and Dine
One of the high points of a honeymoon is the ability to wine and dine!
The Windsong Restaurant is one of the best eateries on the island.
The menu includes mouth-watering Creole cuisine, Far Eastern dishes and tempting international food.
Enjoy a cocktail in the C Bar and look forward to a nightcap while watching some of the most spectacular sunsets in the world.
Yes, we have left this till last however you will be pleasantly surprised at the fabulous prices!
All this could be yours from just £3,999 per person for 10 nights and that’s all inclusive.
Direct flight with British Airways (economy, non-stop).
Included are Return flights, private transfers, all-inclusive resort, 23kg of hold luggage, meals on board & based on a Junior Ocean View suite (upgrades available).
Flight upgrades also available to premium economy and business class.
Other dates also available upon request. Please ask for details.
What to do next
Contact: enquiries at honeymoons4u.co.uk
Telephone: 01347 822541
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