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TRAVEL INFORMATION REGARDING CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) 

TRAVEL INFORMATION REGARDING CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) 

Last updated 15th January 2021: 05.53

Book With Confidence

We understand that due to coronavirus there is a level of uncertainty surrounding committing to your next holiday which is why Winged Boots has amended its booking terms and conditions to include an increased level of flexibility. This means you can book with confidence, safe in the knowledge that you can change your holiday should it not go ahead due to COVID-19.  
 

Travel Insurance

We advise that every customer travelling overseas has valid travel insurance provided by a trusted company.

Winged Boots has partnered with Rush Insurance, a specialist travel insurance intermediary, to provide comprehensive travel insurance that includes COVID-19 cover through Battleface or Allianz.

The two trusted insurers have multiple policies available with options that include cancellation cover, medical cover and repatriation across worldwide destinations – even those the FCDO is advising against all but essential travel to.

To discover more click the links below:
Allianz
Battleface
 

Travel Corridors

UPDATE: The UK Travel Corridors will CLOSE from Monday 18th January 2021. Regardless of which country you are travelling from, all passengers travelling to the UK will be required to self-isolate upon arrival for 10-days.

What is a travel corridor? 

A travel corridor, also known as an air bridge, allows passengers to travel on certain routes to and from specified countries and territories with low COVID-19 infection rates without the need to self-isolate for 10-days when they return to the uk.
For the full list of countries with a travel corridor to/from the uk, click here.

What happens if i am travelling to a country that isn’t on the travel corridor list? 
Upon return to the UK, you will be required to self-isolate for 10-days. 

What is the 'Test to Release for International Travel' scheme?
The ‘Test to Release for International Travel Scheme’ starts on 15th December. Under the scheme, people returning to England from a destination that is not on the travel corridor list can end the 10-day self-isolation early upon testing negative for COVID-19. The traveller can choose to pay for a private test from day five of self-isolation, no earlier, and if found to be negative, quarantine can end.
To read more on the scheme, click here.

What happens if i have a stop-over (transit stop) in a country not on the travel corridor list? 

If your journey involves a transit stop in a country not on the list, you will need to self-isolate when you arrive in England if:
  • new passengers get on, 
  • or, you or other passengers get off the transport you are on and mix with other people, then get on again. 
You don’t need to self-isolate beyond normal timescales if, during your transit stop in a non-exempt country:
  • no new passengers get on
  • nobody on-board gets off and mixes with people outside,
  • or, passengers get off but do not get back on. 

To discover more on travel corridors, click here.
 

Booking Your COVID-19 Test 

Winged Boots has an exclusive partnership with Randox Health and by using the code WINGED2021 you can save 20% on your PCR test. Tests cost approximately £120 per person, but by using this exclusive code it reduces the cost to £95 per person. This applies to testing in one of its three clinics (London Liverpool Street, Liverpool and Belfast) which offers results within 24 hours, and also on its home test kits that provide the test results within a maximum of 36-hours.

Randox Health was founded in 1982 and is a world leading manufacturer of diagnostic solutions. The company employs more than 450 scientists and engineers, and at present it performs 20% of all UK COVID tests as part of the national government programme. All Randox Health COVID-19 tests are approved to be used for international travel certificates.

Booking your COVID-19 test prior to travel is the responsibility of the passenger and Winged Boots will not take any responsibility for passengers who fail to do this. If a test result comes back positive before travel, Winged Boots will endeavour to protect the holiday and look into the best possible solutions such as change of travel dates, subject to availability. We recommend buying travel insurance that will cover any risks relating to COVID-19. Amending holidays due to a positive COVID-19 test is bound by supplier terms and conditions and may incur additional fees and charges.

Click here to visit Randox Health’s website.
 

Return To The UK

PASSENGER LOCATOR FORM
Each passenger must fill out and complete this short online form within 48-hours of arriving into the UK. This includes both visitors and citizens.
The information provided will be used to contact passengers if someone on your flight, ship or train tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).
Click here to complete the form

NEGATIVE COVID-19 TEST REQUIRED TO RETURN TO THE UK
From 04.00 GMT on Monday 18th January 2021, pre-departure COVID-19 testing will be required for all UK arrivals. People arriving by plane, train or boat, including UK Nationals, will be required to take a test up to 72-hours before leaving the country they are in and provide a negative test certificate.

If British Nationals test positive for COVID-19 while abroad, the Government states that you should not travel and should follow the local guidance on self-isolation.

The Government has stated that all forms of PCR test will be accepted, as will other forms of COVID-19 test “with a 97% sensitivity and 99% specificity”.

Exemptions apply for children under 11 as well as flight, ferry and rail crew.

Failure to comply with this new test measure will result in an immediate fine of £500.

All passengers returning from a destination not on the Travel Corridor list will still be required to self-isolate for 10-days, regardless of test result.


Useful Links

For our UK customers, we strongly advise you monitor the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) for the latest travel advice. You can sign up for email updates on a country you're visiting, too. Click here for the latest travel advice.

If you're based in the US, to stay up to date with the latest US State Department Travel Advice click here.

Alternatively, to stay up to date with the World Health Organisation (WHO) click here.

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