Coronavirus – what it means for your holiday
On 17 March 2020 the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advised against all but essential travel for UK travellers destined anywhere around the globe for 30 days (through to 15 April 2020). This advice has been updated a couple of times, most recently updating the global advisory against ‘all but essential’ travel, exempting destinations from which British nationals can travel to and not quarantine on their return. These include Mauritius and the Seychelles.
Our initial priority, back in March, was the repatriation of clients who were already on safari in Africa. We successfully completed this activity in just over a week, with our last clients returning to the UK on Thursday 26th March. A big thank you, to all of you who were affected, for your understanding in finishing holidays earlier than planned or travelling home by a different route.
We then moved on to liaise with all clients originally due to travel between April and August. The pragmatic response from airlines, and our excellent relationship with camps and partners on the ground, allowed us to postpone holidays to the same time next year with no additional costs.
We are now contacting clients travelling in the autumn to assess the latest FCO guidance and adjust plans if and when required. Some clients are discussing with us the entry requirements should they choose to travel, while others are taking the opportunity to postpone their trip. We will continue this work on a rolling basis; the natural point to do this is when balance payments are due. There’s nothing that clients need to do in advance of this as we’ll be in touch with the latest information at the right time.
If you do have any other questions in the meantime please do get in touch and we’ll be delighted to help. We are now back working in both the Hampshire and Scottish offices so available by phone and email.
Finally, a big thank you to all those who have been in touch to wish the Aardvark Safaris’ team and partners on the ground in Africa their support, it’s very much appreciated. We have been delighted by our clients’ enthusiasm to travel to Africa – bookings for 2021 and 2022, are really encouraging, people are obviously keen to get their Africa fix and understand the current difficulties won’t last forever.