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An Update on COVID-19

Posted by Tom Casey Tom Casey on 6/2/21 9:00 AM

Our team is monitoring the travel guidelines closely and doing everything possible to ensure that our travelers make smart, informed decisions. 

Europe: The E.U. is now opening to vaccinated visitors from select countries, including the U.S. For more information on the E.U. opening, read this article in the NY Times.

Ireland: American visitors will be accepted in Ireland starting July 19 under the terms of the Digital E.U. Certification. Read more about Ireland opening to visitors in this article on RTE.

Scotland and the UK: Travel from some countries to Scotland is now possible, but the US and Canada are currently placed on the AMBER list.

Amber - you must self-isolate on arrival for 10 days, and take two PCR tests.

On arrival in Scotland visitors must: provide their journey and contact details. This applies to those who land in another part of the UK, and travel on by other means to Scotland.Must take a COVID-19 test before travelling and isolate in the place they are staying for 10 days. 

Must book and pay £170 for day 2 and day 8 COVID-19 travel tests - they must book their testing kit using the CTM booking portal – any other type of testing kit, such as free NHS kits or those sold by private businesses, cannot be used for these tests.

Iceland is also open for travel, with several requirements including a negative PCR test or proof of vaccination or recovery; an online pre-registration form; a PCR test upon arrival; protocols for returning to the U.S. and protocols for children. Read the full list of protocols for travel to Iceland.

Old Sod Travel is operating with increased flexibility and allows rebooking of trip dates at any time up to 30 days before the trip with no penalty. The trip can be moved to any available dates prior to the end of 2022. We want you to feel comfortable knowing that you can move your trip without penalty.

While we are often asked to help make the decision on whether or not you should travel, that decision is ultimately yours. We can provide you with as much information as possible, and will do our absolute best to accommodate whatever decision you choose to make.

Our cancellation policy

In the event you choose to cancel a trip, our terms and conditions continue to state that deposits are non-refundable. Our team puts in many hours to plan these trips and many of our supplier agreements are non-refundable. We appreciate your understanding on this matter. For trips that have been canceled after they are paid in full, refunds for the trip balance (not including the deposit) will be made within 4 weeks.

Please note there are rare exceptions where non-refundable booked activities exceed the amount of the deposit — our team will work with you on a case-by-case basis in that situation to refund as much of the trip as possible.

 

 

Tom Casey

Written by Tom Casey

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