CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) GUIDANCE

Updated: 20th July 2021 | 19:00

Latest Government Advice & Traffic Light System

The government's ‘traffic light system’ for international travel, sets out the measures required for travel to the UK, assigning all countries a colour based category.

All Al Fresco Holidays destination countries have currently been classified as ‘Amber', with the exception of Croatia which is on the 'green watchlist'.

Arrivals from an amber list country into England, Wales and Scotland from 19th July (26th July into Northern Ireland) will no longer have to quarantine if they are fully vaccinated 14 days or more prior to returning. However, this will not apply to anyone returning from France, who will still need to isolate on arrival in their own accommodation and will need a Day 2 and Day 8 test, regardless of their vaccination status. Scotland has relaxed the law on international travel to and from Scotland, but continue to advise against travel for leisure purposes.

Children aged 5-17 years of vaccinated parents will also not be required to self-isolate when travelling back from amber countries, however they will need to take a PCR test on their return to the UK.

We’ve summarised below the measures in place for each traffic light category, including the reduced requirements for Amber countries if you have been fully vaccinated (although these do not apply to travellers returning from France). For more information and guidance on what this means for your holiday view our 'traffic light system explained'.

Measures
Green - All Travellers
Amber - Vaccinated Travellers, except all Travellers from France
Amber - Unvaccinated Travellers and all Travellers from France
Red - All Travellers
Pre-departure Test within 72 hours of leaving UKVaries by destination country - see FCDOVaries by destination country - see FCDOVaries by destination country - see FCDOVaries by destination country - see FCDO
Take an antigen (rapid flow) test in your destination, 72 hours before journey homeYes, anyone 11 years and overYes, anyone 11 years and overYes, anyone 11 years and overYes, anyone 11 years and over
Passenger Locator Form 48 hours before you're due to returm to UKYesYesYesYes
PCR Tesing after you get home (5 years +)On or before day 2On or before day 2On or before day 2 & day 8On or before day 2 & day 8
Self-isolation at homeNoNo, except for travellers from FranceYes, for 10 days, unless you opt for the 'test to release' schemeNo, hotel quarantine required instead (see below)
Managed Quarantine at hotelNoNoNoYes, for 10 days
Test to Release - option for additional PCR test earlyN/AN/A unless travelling back from FranceOn day 5No
Is my holiday going ahead?Your holiday is planned to go aheadYour holiday is planned to go ahead unless the FCDO advise against leisure travelYour holiday is planned to go ahead unless the FCDO advise against leisure travelYour holiday will not go ahead if a destination is in this category 3 weeks before departure
Option for a no fee amend to an alternative date or destination in 2021YesYesYesYes
Option for no fee booking transfer to 2022NoYesYesYes

FCDO Advice & Destination entry requirements

FCDO advice covers the requirements for destination countries, which is not linked to the traffic light system. Therefore, FCDO advice against leisure travel remains in place for all Al Fresco destinations except France, Spain and Croatia. If you are due to travel to destinations with FCDO advice against leisure travel, or if there’s a requirement for you to isolate on arrival at your destination, then we will be in touch 2-3 weeks before your departure to give you the option of an alternative holiday this year or in 2022, or a full refund if you prefer.

Please be aware that some of our destination countries have entry requirements that may affect you, particularly if you have not been fully vaccinated 14 days before you travel. We’re keeping a close eye on arrival restrictions in all countries, but rules can change at any time, so we recommend visiting the FCDO website for the latest information. Sign up for FCDO travel advice email alerts, so you automatically receive the latest travel advice updates and travel requirements for the destinations you want to know about.

“Pass Sanitaire” – demonstrating your COVID status in France

From 21st July, people attending spaces in France with over 50 people will be asked to demonstrate their COVID-19 status through the “pass sanitaire”. From 1st August, anyone aged 18 and over will need this to access a range of leisure facilities (bars, restaurants, museums, cinemas), hospitals, and modes of transport such as long distance train and bus journeys and planes. You can therefore also expect to have your COVID status checked when you arrive at your park.

The pass sanitaire can be acquired by fulfilling one of the following three criteria:

• Vaccination certificate, illustrating that you are fully vaccinated with a vaccine authorised by the European Medical Authority. This means:
 - One week after a second dose of Oxford/AstraZeneca, Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna.
 - 28 days after a single dose of Johnson & Johnson.

• Negative PCR or antigen test result from the last 48 hours.

• A document (dated more than 11 days ago and less than six months ago) proving you have recently recovered from COVID.

The French government has confirmed that anyone visiting France after being vaccinated in the UK will be able to demonstrate that you are fully vaccinated either by presenting your NHS certificate through the NHS App, by downloading or printing the document, or by presenting your NHS letter.

Our Parks for 2021

Unfortunately, following the significantly later start to the season, we're having to temporarily scale back some of our operations for 2021, and will no longer be operating on a small number of parks in 2021 as follows:

• Camping Canyelles

• Vigna sul Mar

• Marina Julia Camping Village

• Camping Club Napoleon

All affected customers have been contacted to confirm that holidays to these destinations can’t go ahead as planned and to provide options. The options included amending to an alternative holiday with an incentive, or receiving a full refund.


We’ve collated the latest guidance and answers to common questions below, so whether you’re booking or preparing for a holiday, you can be fully informed.

2021 BOOKING CHANGES

What if I my holiday plans are affected due to Coronavirus/Covid-19?

If the FCDO advises against travel to your destination, or we decide your holiday can’t go ahead as planned, we’ll contact you at least three weeks before your departure date to give you the option of an alternative holiday this year or in 2022 with an incentive, or a full refund.

What if I decide I don’t want to travel?

We understand you may be apprehensive about future travel. If holidays are operating as normal and no FCDO or other travel restrictions are in place when you depart, your holiday will be subject to normal booking conditions and cancellation charges will apply.

As part of our Covid Promise, you can amend your booking to an alternative date or destination in 2021. Plus, if your destination country is categorised as Amber, Red, or ‘Green Watchlist’ you also have the option to transfer your booking to 2022, and the money you’ve paid for your original holiday will all be moved to your new one.

We are waiving any fees for making these changes, but please bear in mind that there may be other additional costs to do this (e.g. increases in travel costs, admin fees charged by travel operators, or differences in accommodation prices for alternative dates).

However, if you’d still prefer to cancel, please complete our cancellation form and we’ll process this for you as soon as possible.

Can I cancel if I need to self-isolate or quarantine on arrival in my destination?

2-3 weeks before departure if a destination requires people to quarantine when they arrive in the country – and there is no option to avoid a quarantine period by providing evidence of a negative COVID-19 test - you’ll be entitled to cancel with a full refund, or transfer to an alternative holiday.

Can I cancel based on the requirements for testing and/or the need to self-isolate or quarantine on return to the UK?

If you decide to not go ahead with your holiday due to any of the requirements when you return to the UK, the options available to you vary according to the Traffic Light colour category of your destination country. Click here for more details.

Can I amend my booking to a later date?

If you are concerned about travelling on your current holiday dates you can amend your holiday to a later date in 2021 without paying any amendment fees or losing any money you’ve paid*. Please contact our team to see what your amended holiday pricing and availability will be. Holidays including travel services are subject to a suppliers conditions and may include an amendment fee.

If your destination country is categorised as Amber, Red or ‘Green Watchlist’ you also have the option to transfer your booking to next year*. All the money you’ve paid for your original holiday will be moved to your new one, but if you have a holiday including travel services you will need to speak to our team to see if a transfer is possible with that supplier.

If you transfer your holiday to 2022 within 6 weeks of your scheduled 2021 departure date, then should you later decide to cancel your 2022 holiday, we will need to carry forward the minimum cancellation charge that applies on the day you transfer. Minimum charges will be as detailed in the following table:

Number of days before your 2021 holiday you transferred to 2022
Minimum cancellation charge as a % of holiday cost if you later cancel your 2022 holiday*
42 days or more
loss of deposit
41 - 29 days
30% (if greater than deposit)
28 - 21 days
50%
20 - 11 days
70%
10 days or less
100%

*Please note, the holiday transfer option is not available for promotional bookings, only for bookings made directly with us, either online or via our contact centre.

My 2021 booking was transferred from last year. Can I have a refund if it’s cancelled?

If we cancel your holiday due to FCDO travel restrictions, you will be entitled to a Refund Credit Note or refund, whichever you prefer.

If you no longer want to travel in 2021 you can choose to cancel your booking subject to the minimum cancellation charge agreed when you transferred your booking back in 2020. This charge will be based on the cancellation charges that applied on the day you transferred your holiday in 2020, detailed in the following table:

Number of days before your 2020 holiday you transferred to 2021
In addition to retaining your deposit, the minimum cancellation charge as a % of holiday cost if you later cancel your transferred holiday*
85 days or more
loss of deposit
29 - 84 days
50%
22 - 28 days
70%
14 - 21 days
90%
13 days or less
100%

If you want to transfer your holiday to 2022, you can do so without loss of any monies paid. In this situation, should you later decide to cancel, the same minimum cancellation charge will now be carried over to your 2022 transferred holiday. If you’re unsure what your minimum cancellation charge is please contact our team who can advise you.

Do I have to pay my balance for my upcoming booking?

Final balance can now be paid at six weeks rather than our usual twelve weeks. And our cancellation terms will not start until six weeks before you depart either, unless you transferred your 2020 holiday to 2021 and carried over cancellation charges.

If there is no FCDO guidance against leisure travel to your destination 6 weeks prior to your departure date, your balance will need to be paid at this point.

If the FCDO is advising against leisure travel to your destination when your balance is due, but you wish to hold on to your booking in the hope the FCDO and traffic light advice improves, or you wish to proceed with your holiday against the current FCDO advice, you will need to pay any remaining balance for your holiday. We still guarantee a full refund if your holiday is later cancelled because the FCDO advice is still against non-essential travel and/or there’s an official requirement to isolate at your destination upon arrival.

I booked my 2021 holiday with a Refund Credit Note after my 2020 holiday was cancelled. Can I choose to cancel it now and reinstate my RCN to use another time?

Bookings made using a Refund Credit Note are under the same terms and conditions as a new booking. If you no longer want to travel in 2021, you can cancel your holiday subject to a cancellation charge (currently £99 more than 41 days before departure).

I’ve booked my travel arrangements myself separately but they have been changed / cancelled by the operator. Can I cancel without penalty?

If you choose to cancel due to changes with your travel arrangements (such as flights or ferry travel) made with a company other than Alfresco Holidays, you will incur cancellation charges. To avoid any penalties, you could transfer your accommodation booking to later in the year or to 2022.

REFUND CREDIT NOTES

What is a Refund Credit Note, and how does it work?

A Refund Credit Note entitles you to rebook a holiday at a future date, or receive a cash refund in future. It retains the financial protection that you had with your original booking, so there is no risk that you will lose the money you’ve paid towards your cancelled holiday. For more information about Refund Credit Notes and how to use them, click here >.

When does my Refund Credit Note expire?

If you were issued a Refund Credit Note in 2020 and did not use it or request a refund before it expired on 31st March 2021, we will have issued you a new Refund Credit Note with a new expiry date of 31st January 2022.

If you were issued a Refund Credit Note for a cancelled 2021 holiday it will also have an expiry date of 31st January 2022. You can use your Refund Credit Note towards a holiday you already have booked, or to book another one with the incentive you received when it was issued. You are able to exchange your Refund Credit Note for a refund at any point, and we’ll make a payment by bank transfer within 14 days.

THE HOLIDAY EXPERIENCE

What measures will Alfresco Holidays take to keep people safe on your parks?

We’ve introduced enhanced cleaning and social distancing on all parks to keep our guests and teams safe. Everything we are doing for your peace of mind once we open is covered in our All Points Protection Programme>.

How will my holiday experience be different? Will there be any restrictions in place on the holiday park?

At this stage it’s a little early to confirm all the measures that will be in place on every park, but we’ll follow all local guidelines, and review our processes on a regular basis.

Based on the experience in 2020, we expect all our parks will ensure social distancing is adhered to, and will maintain the enhanced cleaning routines introduced.

Individual parks may adapt their facilities and procedures to keep guests and staff as safe as possible, and we’ll provide details of any changes on each park page.

COVID-19 REQUIREMENTS

Where can I get a private COVID-19 test?

There are a wide variety of places to get a Covid-19 test if this is required to travel. We’ve teamed up with Randox Heath, a government approved provider, to make the process as straightforward and inexpensive as possible, including:

Pre UK Departure Testing (if required by your destination) - Rapid PCR test via a home sample kit. Once the sample is returned, results are delivered the next day, and appropriate certification for travel is provided.

• Day 2 PCR testing via a home sample kit, including NGS (next generation sequencing) to meet Day 2 isolation requirements.

• Day 8 Testing PCR testing via a home sample kit, including NGS (next generation sequencing) to meet Day 8 isolation requirements.

For the antigen (lateral flow) test that you need to take in your destination within 72 hours of your journey home, you can either find a suitable testing centre in your destination, or alternatively you can avoid the hassle of this by ordering a test to take the test away with you from one of the following UK Government approved providers:

• Collinson - Supervised Video Self Test for UK arrivals 

• Chromonics - Pre-departure rapid antigen COVID-19 test for UK-bound travel

You cannot take an NHS test abroad with you to use on yourself for the purpose of pre-departure testing.

It is advisable to arrange your tests as early as possible, however as entry requirements can change and/or your holiday may not go ahead, we recommend that you order testing package(s) two weeks before your holiday is due to start. If you purchase earlier, the sample testing kit has at least 6 months expiry, so you can keep it for up to half a year before you need to travel.

For more information, and to receive10% off Randox test kits with a Al Fresco Holidays promo code,click here.

What's more, whoever you order your government approved tests from, we’ll help cover the cost of testing up to £120 per party! Submit your claim through an online form after your holiday, include your receipt, and we’ll reimburse you up to £30 per person.

Do children need to take the various tests to go on holiday?

The lateral flow test required within 72 hours of returning to the UK are only needed for those aged 11 and over. However, the PCR test(s) required once home in the UK are needed for children aged 5 and over.

Your destination country is likely to also require a test to enable your entry to that country. Each country will set their own requirements. This may mean children might have to do a test.

Will I need a vaccine certificate to travel?

Some countries will require proof of a vaccination before travel. The most up to date information on entry requirements for the country you are travelling to can be found on the FCDO website.

If you live in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland you cannot use the NHS app, but can obtain an NHS Covid pass. Further details can be found here:

If I have had an AstraZeneca vaccine from a batch not certified by the European Medicines Agency, what do I do?

The following countries have now confirmed they will accept travellers who have received the Covishield Astra Zeneca vaccine that was manufactured by the Serum Institute of India: Austria, France, Germany, Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland.

For our other destinations where this has not yet been confirmed, we are hopeful that this situation will soon be resolved so that all Astra Zeneca vaccinations are recognised. In the meantime, if you have any queries please refer to the entry requirements for your destination. If you’re still unsure are are travelling imminently please contact us to discuss your options.

These are being accepted by many destinations as proof of vaccination status.

We booked 1 accommodation with people from different households. What if this is forbidden in the country we go to?

If you are unable to share your accommodation with another household then we will contact you to discuss options, which could include removing some of the party from your booking, or booking another accommodation.

We will travel by car with people from different households. What if this is forbidden in the country we go to?

If this is the case, we will contact you to discuss options, including either reducing your booking to one household, or adding another ferry crossing.

What happens if I have a positive result 1-3 days before I go on holiday?

We recommend you organise adequate insurance cover for this kind of scenario, purchased at the time you book. All insurance policies vary so we recommend speaking to your insurance company to clarify what cover is provided for this situation.

If you don’t already have cover, we've teamed up with Voyager Insurance Services Ltd, an award-winning provider of Travel Insurance, to provide insurance that includes covers you for situations where your holiday may be impacted by COVID-19. Click here for more details.

What happens if we go on holiday and our return home test is positive? Where do we self-isolate? Who pays?

Our team on park will do what they can to support and guide you. Most insurance policies will cover medical and repatriation costs but not necessarily any extended stay or alternative isolation stay costs.

We recommend clarifying what cover is provided for situations arising due to Coronavirus with your insurance company.

What if my vaccine date is scheduled during my holiday, can I cancel with full refund?

Cancellation charges would still apply if you need to cancel for this reason. Some insurers may provide cover for this situation, so we recommend checking with your travel insurance company to check what help may be available.

As part of our Covid Promise, you can amend your booking to an alternative date or destination at any point up to 7 days before your departure date, without loss of any monies paid.