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Here is the list of In The Saddle riding holiday destinations now completely open for travel for anyone travelling from the UK. There are no FCO restrictions on travel, no requirement to quarantine on return (except see below for residents of Scotland returning from Spain) and no restrictions on arrival on holiday.
Iceland (requires testing on arrival)
Spain (except residents of Scotland who will need to self-isolate for 2 weeks on return from Spain)
We will update this as new countries are added to the list.
At last we have the list from the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office of over 60 countries which are no longer considered to be a risk for British travellers. This means that travel to these countries is no longer considered to be against FCO advice which would have made your travel insurance invalid. The Department of Transport has also produced a list of countries which are exempt from the requirement to self-isolate on arrival back to England. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have yet to adopt this list.
This means you can now go on holiday to the following In The Saddle riding holiday destinations without restrictions on return. Please note this is the position for residents of the UK and residents of other countries should check the position in their country.
France (we are waiting for the French government to officially lift their quarantine requirement on travellers from the UK)
Iceland (requires testing on arrival)
Other countries on the list of UK "safe" countries but with restrictions on arrival or return
Azores - requires testing on arrival and currently requires 14 day quarantine on return to UK
Greece - currently not accepting travellers from the UK. This is due to be reviewed on 15 July.
Hungary - 14 day self-isolation requirement on arrival
Ireland - 14 day self-isolation requirement for all international arrivals (except not from Northern Ireland)
Canada - entry for citizens/residents only with 14 day quarantine on arrival
Australia - entry for citizens/residents only with 14 day quarantine on arrival
New Zealand - borders currently closed to almost all arrivals
The travel situation varies depending on where you live and where you are going. The UK government currently advises against non-essential travel overseas and we do not know when this will be lifted. Furthermore there is currently a 14 day quarantine on arrival back to the UK, which is due to be reviewed on 28 June.
We are taking bookings for 2021 so please do get in touch if you are planning ahead. The best way to get hold of us is by email. Please email email@example.com. Thank you for your patience and in the meantime, we hope you keep safe.
The best way to get hold of us is by email. Please email your travel consultant directly or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your patience and in the meantime, we hope you keep safe.
We are all working from home now. The best way to get hold of us is by email. Please email your travel consultant directly or email email@example.com. You should be able to reach everyone on their usual direct dial number but if you don't know the number click here and then Read More to find the telephone number of your consultant.
We are contacting everyone in date order. You don't need to do anything, we will contact you. Keep safe everyone.
Thinking of the safety of everyone in our office we are starting to organise home working. That may mean that it isn't so easy to reach us on the telephone but we will always reply to emails. We are still prioritising those abroad at the moment and those who were due to travel imminently. You don't need to do anything, we will contact you, but if you are concerned please email your travel consultant (or firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will get back to you very soon.
We are all in the office today. With so many countries now on shutdown our priority today is making sure our clients overseas can get home. If you are concerned about your holiday please email your travel consultant (or email@example.com) and we will get back to you very soon.
If you need to get hold of us today urgently please call +44 7932 644 993. We have made contact with everyone due to fly before 31 March 2020. If you are concerned about your holiday please email your travel consultant (or firstname.lastname@example.org). If your holiday is imminent we will get back to you today, otherwise we will reply on Monday.
The situation is changing rapidly. We are prioritising those due to travel before 31 March 2020. If you are concerned about your holiday plans please email your travel consultant (or email@example.com) and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
Coronavirus is dominating our news. There are new developments daily as the UK and countries all over the world decide what measures they will take to combat the virus.
We understand that you may have questions concerning your holiday and we would like to explain our approach.
We are taking new bookings for later in 2020 or 2021. If new travel restrictions are introduced then we will not charge you to defer your holiday to a new date (although there may be a rate change if you move to a different season).
We and the ride operator very much hope that you will wish to defer to 2021. There are no change fees but for a few destinations there may be an adjustment in the price if you travel in a different season.
If you cannot commit to a date then we can issue you a credit voucher for use against a future holiday. Our way of supporting the ride operator through these difficult times is for you to commit to visiting them at a future date. However, if you prefer you can have a refund of what you have paid. *
We are contacting everyone with a holiday in the next three weeks. You don't need to do anything, we will contact you. Thank you for your patience.
* change fees and some sundry charges on your booking are not refundable.
If you are concerned about travelling at a future date then it may be possible to postpone your trip to a later date. Please email and we will discuss it with the ride operator.
Credit vouchers or refunds are only possible when we know for sure that your holiday cannot take place.
If you want to cancel your trip while the holiday is still scheduled, then the ride operator’s cancellation charges would apply. Please call or email for details of the cancellation charges. If cancellation is your preferred option, we would suggest you contact your insurance company to see whether you are able to recover cancellation charges.
Please hold off paying your final balance for the moment. We have changed the final balance due date to four weeks prior to your holiday. At that point we will hopefully know whether your holiday is likely to go ahead. This will not affect the status of your booking and we will not make any changes without talking to you first.
Each airline has its own policy with regards to refunds and rebooking of flights, so we recommend you check the airline website or call them to ascertain their current policy.
This is the list of countries/territories which are exempt from the advice against all but essential travel.
This is the list of countries which are exempt from the quarantine requirement on arrival into the UK.
The ABTA Coronavirus advice for customers is very clear.
You can find the UK government guidance and information here.
If you are looking for health advice, please refer to the NHS website.
The World Heath Organisation are a useful source of information, if you wish to read more about Coronavirus (Covid-19).