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TRAVEL INFORMATION REGARDING CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) 

TRAVEL INFORMATION REGARDING CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) 

Last updated 23rd September 2021

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.  

Click here to view our COVID-19 x Travel frequently asked questions.

TRAVEL UPDATE

From 4th October, the traffic light system will be replaced with a single Red List. The rules to travelling to countries not on the Red List will depend on your vaccination status. For more information, click here.

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
 

Booking Your COVID-19 Test To Travel Internationally

Winged Boots has a partnership with Randox Health and by using the code WINGED43 you will receive a discount on your at home PCR test kit. Tests cost approximately £43 per person, per test with this discount but bundle packages for 'amber travel' and 'green travel' are also available.
Click here to visit Randox Health’s website.

You can also book a home test kit through Eurofins that is suitable for departing the UK and also the self-isolation day two and eight test requirement. The cost of this is £44.90 per person, per test. Results are available within 24-hours of the kit arriving at the lab. To order yours, click here.

Alternatively, to arrange a home visit for your COVID-19 test you can use Covid-19 Private Test Ltd. This company visits you at your home and covers Essex, London, Surrey, Kent and Hertfordshire. It costs from £150 per person, per test and is suitable for test prior to departure only.
Same day result tests can also be booked where the results are guaranteed by midnight, and cost from £350 per person.
To book your appointment, click here.


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 endeavor 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.
 

Returning 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, vaccinated and non-vaccinated. It also applies to those just transiting through the UK.
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

 

TRAVELLING POST-4TH OCTOBER 2021

From Monday 4th October, the Traffic Light System will be replaced with a single Red List.
The rules for travelling to countries NOT on the Red List - labelled as Rest Of The World - will depend on vaccination status.

FOR FULLY VACCINATED TRAVELLERS

If you are completely vaccinated for a minimum of 14 days prior to travelling overseas, when returning to the UK
from a country NOT on the Red List you must:
• Book and pay for a Day 2 Covid-19 test
• Complete a passenger locator form 48-hours prior to arrival
• Take a Covid-19 test on or before day 2 after your arrival in the UK

You do not need to:
• Take a pre-departure test
• Take a Day 8 Covid-19 test
• Quarantine

You must be able to prove that you are fully vaccinated (plus 14 days) under an approved vaccination programme with a digital or paper document from a national or state-level public health body.

FOR NON-VACCINATED TRAVELLERS
If you are non-vaccinated or partially vaccinated, when returning to the UK from a country NOT on the Red List
you must:
• Take a pre-departure test up to 72-hours before returning to the UK
• Book and pay for a Day 2 and Day 8 Covid-19 test
• Complete a passenger locator form 48-hours prior to arrival
• Quarantine at home for 10 days
• Take a Covid-19 test on day 2 and day 8 of quarantine

Quarantine can end early on day 5 with a negative result of an additional Covid-19 test under the Test To Release scheme.
To discover more on the Test To Release scheme, click here.

THE RED LIST
If any traveller - vaccinated or non-vaccinated - visits a country on the Red List in the 10 days prior to travelling to the UK, you must:
• Take a pre-departure test up to 72-hours before returning to the UK
• Book a quarantine hotel package including two Covid-19 tests to be taken on Day 2 and 8 of self-isolation
• Complete a passenger locator form 48-hours prior to arrival
• Quarantine in a managed hotel for 10 days
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TRAVELLING PRE-4TH OCTOBER 2021


NEGATIVE COVID-19 TEST REQUIRED TO RETURN TO THE UK

Pre-departure COVID-19 testing is required for all UK arrivals, regardless of which country you are travelling from. Passengers 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 would be accepted, as will other forms of COVID-19 test “with a >97% specificity and >80% sensitivity at viral loads above 100,000 copies/ml”. This could include a nucleic acid test, including a PCR test or derivative technologies including LAMP tests. Alternatively, an antigen test such as a test from a lateral flow device.

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.

In addition to showing proof of a negative COVID-19 test certificate, all passengers must also must complete the Passenger Locator Form

To discover more on returning to England, click here.

THE TRAVEL TRAFFIC LIGHT SYSTEM
The UK Government has released a Traffic Light system where each country is given a status. This information is valid for those travelling pre-4th October only. On 4th October the traffic light system will be replaced with a single red list. See above for more information.

The Green List means a country is safe for travel. If travelling to a Green List country you will not be required to self-isolate upon return to the UK. A negative COVID-19 test result and Passenger Locator Form will be required to return to the UK and a further COVID-19 test take two days after arrival.
Click here to discover more

The Amber List means a country has a moderate risk of COVID-19. If you are non-vaccinated and travelling to a destination on the amber list you will be required to self-isolate for 10-days upon return to the UK.
During your period of self-isolation you are required to take two additional Covid-19 tests on day 2 and 8.
You can end isolation early by taking a Covid-19 test on day 5 of quarantine under the Test To Release Scheme.
If you are a vaccinated and travelling to a destination on the amber list, you can follow the same rules for when travelling to a green list destination.

The Red List means a country has a high risk of COVID-19. and travel to these destinations is not advised.
If travelling to a destination on the red list you are required to self-isolate in a Government-approved facility for 11-nights upon return to the UK.
During your period of self-isolation you are required to take two additional Covid-19 tests on day 2 and 8.
You are required to book your quarantine hotel and testing package prior to your return into the UK via the Government Portal.
Click here to be redirected to the Government Portal.

The Test To Release Scheme and Business Traveller Exemption do not apply to red list countries.
To discover more on the Red List, click here.

Useful Links

To read our current COVID X Travel FAQs, click here.

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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