last updated on 13/09/21
In brief, ‘green’ countries do not require a period of quarantine on return to the UK, nor do ‘amber’ countries provided you are fully vaccinated (if you are not you need to quarantine for 10 days at home). ‘Red’ countries also require a period of quarantine, but in a hotel at the traveller’s expense. In all cases, testing is a requirement, to varying degrees.
The traffic light system is reviewed every three weeks and changes made as necessary.
We stress that the traffic light system is not always aligned to the travel advice issued by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development office (FCDO), and that it is the latter’s advice to which we must legally adhere. Therefore, we will not be able to operate a tour to a country or region if the FCDO advises against all but essential travel, no matter the colour assigned to it by the traffic light system.
Below we outline our intentions for the coming months, bearing in mind that the guidance we follow is for UK nationals. We encourage those of you travelling from elsewhere to contact us.
We are pleased to confirm that all of our UK tours have resumed and are running as planned. We will contact participants on each tour about 10 weeks before departure with an update.
Our Culture Days are running again too, and are expanding to cities beyond London. See here for details.
We will start running our overseas tours in September and will contact everyone who holds a booking about ten weeks before departure to provide an update.
We also encourage you to contact us at any point if you have questions or concerns.
You can see our programme for the remainder of 2021 – tours for small groups, Martin Randall Festivals, Culture Days, Chamber Music Breaks, Symposia, our online lecture series – here. Our programme for 2022 is here. We will continue to add to the list in the coming weeks and you can book immediately.
Please note that the ‘spaces remaining’ indication on our tour pages cannot be relied upon at the moment as clients currently booked may not travel. For up-to-date information on availability please contact us.
When we cancel a tour you are entitled to a cash refund, as long as you are still booked on it at the time of cancellation. However, we are asking clients to consider transferring to a future event in 2021 or 2022. This will help to secure Martin Randall Travel’s future more than any other intervention. Alternatively, for tours which include a flight booking, we can offer a Refund Credit Note. The value would equate to the sum you have paid us and is protected by our ATOL licence. It gives you time to make a decision about future travel plans.
If you wish to cancel a booking on a tour that is currently due to run later this year, we ask you to contact us to discuss your concerns. We would welcome the opportunity to talk through the options and explain our position on cancellation charges.