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TRAVEL INFORMATION REGARDING CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) 

TRAVEL INFORMATION REGARDING CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) 

Last updated 6th April 2021: 10.12

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 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

The UK Travel Corridors are CLOSED from Monday 18th January 2021. This means that all passengers travelling to the UK will be required to self-isolate upon arrival for 10-days.

Exceptions to this are those who qualify for the Business Travel Quarantine exemption and are returning from a country that is currently not on the 'banned' list. For a full list of job titles exempt, please click here.

You can end isolation on day five under the Test to Release scheme. This is only applicable for those returning to the UK from a country not on the 'banned' list.Under the scheme, passengers returning to England from a destination that is not banned or on the Red 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.
 

Departing The UK

You must have a legally permitted reason to travel internationally. Reasons considered legal include for work, education, volunteeting, medical or compassionate grounds, weddings, funerals or to fulfil legal obligations. For a full list of the legally permitted reasons to travel internationally and the evidence you require, click here.

To depart the UK you must also complete a travel declaration form. 
Download the form by clicking here.
 

Booking Your COVID-19 Test To Travel Internationally

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.
 

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.
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% specificity and >80% sensitivity at viral loads above 100,000 copies/ml”.

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.

QUARANTINE UPON RETURN TO THE UK
All passengers returning to the UK from international countries are required to self-isolate at home with their household for 10-days. All travel corridors have been suspended so there are no exceptions to this rule unless you qualify under the Business Travel Quarantine Exemption and are returning from a country not on the 'banned' list. You are also required to take a COVID-19 test on days 2 and day 8 of your 10-day isolation. The cost of this testing package is £210.

Click here to use the Government Portal to book your testing package.

If your day 8 COVID-19 test is negative, you may end isolation on day 10. If either of the COVID-19 tests taken on days 2 or 8 come back positive, you must self-isolate for 10 days from the date the test was taken.

QUARANTINE UPON RETURN TO THE UK - RED LIST COUNTRIES
If you are returning to the UK from a Red List country, you are required to self-isolate for 10-days in a Government-appointed facility so that your quarantine can be monitored. This is to stop the spread of new and unidentified variants of COVID-19. The Business Travel Quarantine Exemption and Test to Release scheme are not compliant for those returning from a Red List country. Under no circumstances can you be exempt from the 10-day isolation period in a Government-approved facility. Further COVID-19 tests are required on days 2 and 8 of the 10-day isolation period. The cost of a hotel quarantine is the responsibility of the passenger and is estimated to be £1,750 per person.

Click here to book your Red List Quarantine Hotel and your testing package through the Government portal.

For more information on quarantine upon return to the UK, click here.

RED LIST COUNTRIES 
Angola, Argentina, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Burundi, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ecuador, Eswatini, Ethiopia, French Guiana, Guyana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, Suriname, Tanzania, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Venezuela, Zambia, Zimbabwe

For more information on the Red List Countries, click here.
 

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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