Coronavirus – what it means for your holiday

May 29th 2020  |   News  |  by   Richard Smith

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). They’ve since updated the advice, removing the end date; simply bringing it in line with other travel advice and not making it ‘indefinite’ as claimed in some headlines.

Off the back of this announcement our initial priority 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.

Our current priority is dealing with all clients originally due to travel between April and August where we anticipate the same FCO guidance may remain in place. The pragmatic response from airlines and our excellent relationship with camps and partners on the ground is allowing us to postpone holidays to the same time next year and I’m delighted to say that this is proving possible for the vast majority of clients.

Our next priority, from perhaps mid-June, will be contacting clients travelling in September and beyond to assess the latest FCO guidance and adjust plans if and when required. The natural point to do this is when balance payments are due and there’s nothing that clients need to do in advance of that 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. Email is the best way to reach us while we are all based at home

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.


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