Latest Update

7 September 2020

Here is the list of In The Saddle riding holiday destinations completely open for travel right now for anyone travelling from the UK. There are no FCO restrictions on travel, no requirement to quarantine on return and no restrictions on arrival on holiday.

Greece (Rhodes) except if you are returning to Scotland or Wales then you will need to self-isolate for 14 days. With effect from 7 Sep the UK advise against travel to Crete and you would have to quarantine on return. 
Italy
Poland
Portugal
except if you are returning to Scotland or Wales then you will need to self-isolate for 14 days
Turkey

We will update this as new countries are added to the list.

Friday 3 July 2020 

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 (on 15 August the UK reintroduced travel restrictions and quarantine on return from France)

Iceland (requires testing on arrival and from 19 August a quarantine for 5 day and then a second test)

Italy

Poland

Spain (on 25th July the UK reintroduced travel restrictions and quarantine on return from Spain).

Turkey

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 was revised 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


Saturday 13 June 2020

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 rides@inthesaddle.com. Thank you for your patience and in the meantime, we hope you keep safe.


Monday 18 May 2020

The best way to get hold of us is by email. Please email your travel consultant directly or email rides@inthesaddle.com.

Thank you for your patience and in the meantime, we hope you keep safe.


Tuesday 24 March 2020

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 rides@inthesaddle.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.


Thursday 19 March 2020

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 rides@inthesaddle.com) and we will get back to you very soon.


Monday 16 March 2020

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 rides@inthesaddle.com) and we will get back to you very soon.


Sunday 15 March 2020

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 rides@inthesaddle.com). If your holiday is imminent we will get back to you today, otherwise we will reply on Monday.


14 March 2020

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 rides@inthesaddle.com) and we will get back to you as soon as possible.


13 March 2020

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.

What we are doing

Booking a new holiday

We are taking new bookings for all our destinations for holidays in 2021. If new travel restrictions are introduced after you have booked 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).

Government restrictions on travel mean that you cannot go on your holiday booked prior to March 2020.

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.

Cancelling or postponing a holiday some months away?

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.

If the final balance is due on your holiday and there are currently government restrictions preventing travel

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.

Changing or getting a refund of flights?

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.

For More Information

Our primary source of guidance is the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) Travel Advice. You can access the advice on individual countries here.

This is the list of countries/territories which are exempt from the advice against all but essential travel.

The countries which are exempt from quarantine on arrival back from holiday differ depending on whether you live in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control summarises the Covid-19 situation across the world and provides data which may be used to influence future decisions on quarantine.

ABTA have comprehensive advice for people planning to travel.

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).