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#GoodNews: Covid quarantine to be lifted in the UK for tour groups

This week brings a dose of good news for travellers wanting to explore the United Kingdom in the new year. Tour groups and business travellers will be able to avoid the country’s 14-day quarantine under new plans to reopen the English border.

The cross-government global travel task force released a long-awaited report on Monday, outlining that people arriving on business should be exempt from the self-isolation requirement. 

The report also suggests welcoming overseas tourists sans quarantine if they form a “tour bubble”, similar to those used by sporting teams recently. The “tour bubbles” would require groups to stay together at all times and travel using private transport. Now that sounds promising to us here at Trafalgar!

The task force was established by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, to kick-start the travel industry and the UK is keen to promote the country as a safe place to visit.

Every Trafalgar Travel Director has their fingers and toes crossed for the “tour bubble” measure to pass.

We can’t wait to get back on the road again,” says UK-based Travel Director Ed Dischler. “Travel is our passion. In fact it’s our lives!

The thing I miss desperately is seeing the look on my guest’s faces when they experience something for the first time. I feel like I’m seeing through their eyes. It’s magical.” 

While some people prefer to travel independently, Ed says people don’t realise how much better it is to travel with a group.

In addition to the fantastic travel experiences, it’s also the camaraderie,” he says. “New found friends. Socialising over dinner and drinks. A shared experience seems to be more emotional.

Some find it surprising that there will be people who meet on a trip and then become regular travel buddies. One trip will finish and they’ll already be talking about where they want to go next year.

From December 15, all travellers arriving in England will be able to cut the two-week quarantine period to five days if they record a negative coronavirus test result. It is hoped that Scotland, Wales and Ireland will soon follow.

There is also talk of special bilateral agreements with individual countries that would allow passengers to self-isolate and be tested before departure, with speculation that the first route will be between London and New York. For travellers, that means no sitting around twiddling thumbs in a hotel room waiting for a negative test result!

UK Inbound (which represents the domestic tourism industry) chief executive Joss Croft told The Times that a quarantine period of any amount of time would still hurt the industry.

We need a best-in-class testing regime, negating the need for a lengthy self-isolation,” he told The Times.

Tourism will be able to significantly aid the UK’s economic recovery but right now businesses are struggling to survive and until a more rigorous system is in place, international visitors will not return in numbers.

Here at Trafalgar we can’t wait to get back on the road again with our guests. Right now our incredible Black Friday Sale can save you up to $1000* per couple across our “Best of” trips on all 2021 departures AND up to $300* per couple on Europe flights. Plus, as always, past guests save an extra 5%.

We offer risk-free, flexible booking conditions and the added assurance knowing your wellbeing is our priority. Check out our Black Friday Sale before it ends on 8 December.

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