Coronavirus Travel Advice
Activities Abroad Customer Information on Coronavirus
Updated 24 March 2020
We know there are many questions surrounding the Coronavirus outbreak and your travel plans. Here, we answer as many of your questions as we can, and we will continue to update this page regularly.
Activities Abroad is suspending all tours until 30 April 2020
As of 17 March 2020, The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) now advises British people against all non-essential travel worldwide. This advice takes effect immediately and applies initially for a period of 30 days. As the safety of our clients is our top priority, we are postponing all tours until 30 April 2020.
If your holiday will be impacted by this, then please contact your travel insurance company at the earliest opportunity, as they should be your initial port of call for any claim and we will assist in any way we can.
We would like to reassure our clients that we endeavour to resume normal service as soon as it is safe to do so, and we are confident that our winter trips will run as planned. Given this ever-changing situation, we have updated our booking terms to give you more flexibility and peace of mind for holidays after 30 April 2020:
- Extended balance due dates on certain holidays so that we can monitor the situation and you won’t lose money if travel plans change
- Flexible deposits so you can secure your trip now and change your mind later at no extra charge
- Offering our expert advice for all travel concerns - we understand that many people are worried, and our travel experts are on hand to discuss any queries you may have
What’s more, all of our holidays remain ATOL-protected so you know that when you book with Activities Abroad, you are in safe hands.
Are you still running trips?
As always, safety is our top priority. Rest assured we are following advice from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and local authorities and unless the official advisories change, we will continue to run trips as usual from 30 April 2020.
How do I know if my trip is still running as planned?
I don’t want to travel anymore, are there cancellation fees?
We want to assure our clients that we are following all advice issued by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), from whom we receive updates as soon as anything changes. We are confident that our trips later in the year will run as normal. However, we understand that there are concerns and you may not wish to travel anymore, therefore:
For departures after 30 April 2020
If you would like to postpone your holiday or transfer to another one, we will move your deposit free of charge to your new booking.
We also recommend getting in touch with your travel insurance provider to discuss your coverage.
I want to make a future booking, but I’m worried the travel advice will change?
You can book with Activities Abroad and be assured that we are monitoring the situation and will communicate with you if there are any changes to your travel plans. Many people are continuing to book future travel and we will resume normal service as soon as it is safe to do so. Our new policies including flexible deposits and extended balance due dates have also been put in place to ease worries for future bookings.
Advice for UK travellers
As of 23 March 2020, the UK is on a period of lockdown for 3 weeks. Though we endeavour to inform our customers of any significant changes, this is a fast-moving situation and therefore we also ask for our travellers to keep up-to-date with the relevant travel advice.
UK health authorities www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public
FCO travel advice www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice
The National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) TravelHealthPro website travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries
The NHS website www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19
Advice for travellers outside the UK
Though we endeavour to inform our customers of any significant changes, this is a fast-moving situation and therefore we also ask for our travellers to keep up-to-date with the relevant travel advice.
Ireland: Department of Foreign Affairs
Canada: Travel Advice & Advisories
Australia: Smart Traveller information service
New Zealand: SafeTravel