Our commitment to keeping you safe
We know that you'll be desperate to jet off on that holiday you've been daydreaming about and we hope it won't be too long before you can. Things will naturally be a little different now, but we want to reassure you that we’re doing everything we can to make your holiday as safe and enjoyable as possible.
To give you an idea of what to expect, we’ve put together the following guide which shows you how to travel safely, from the moment you arrive at the airport to stepping foot into your accommodation, and how to keep yourself and others safe while you’re away.
BEFORE YOU TRAVEL
We have always recommended that individuals should have adequate travel insurance which is especially important now due to the current global situation. Please see our Holiday Insurance page for details of insurers providing cover for Covid-19.
The UK government has put in place a traffic light system for travel abroad which is made up of green, amber and red destinations. Currently, Sardinia is categorised as Amber and for more information on what this means, please click here: Government rules for entering England.
Please also continue to check the latest FCDO (Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office) advice for travel to Italy (please be mindful that the information given is only for travel at the present time and is not necessarily applicable for later this summer) Italy travel advice
Travellers to any region of Italy must call the Covid-19 helpline within 48 hours prior to travel to inform them of your visit. You must also complete a registration form, which can be found here, This will generate a QR code which should be presented to the airline at check-in and border officials if requested.
THE TRAFFIC LIGHT SYSTEM AND COVID-19 TESTING
If you are arriving back into the UK from a country on the green list, you will need a negative pre-departure Covid test (taken in your holiday destination) and will not have to isolate at all upon your return. You will be required to take a further test, this time a PCR test, when you are at home on day two after your arrival. PCR tests are specified because they are deemed more accurate than lateral flow tests.
If you are arriving back into the UK from a country on the amber list and you are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 or are under the age of 18 and travelling with a fully vaccinated adult, the same rules as shown above will apply.
If you are not fully vaccinated against Covid-19 or are a resident of Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland you will need a negative pre-departure Covid test (taken in your holiday destination), and you will have to isolate at home for 10 days plus get a PCR test for you to do at home on days two and eight. You can opt to use the test and release system on day five, a negative test result means you can end your quarantine period immediately.
Please find below a list of private providers of Covid-19 testing as shown on the UK government's website list of Covid-19 testing providers
We have been able to agree discounts with some companies as shown below but please condsider your own requirments when choosing a provider.
CHB Medical Please use code AITO20 for a 20% discount
Nomad Travel Please use code AITO10 for a 10% discount
Randox Please use code AITO43
AT THE AIRPORT
Every airport is different, so we suggest reading the advice from the UK airport you’re departing from. Here are some general tips to keep in mind before travelling.
- Please download boarding passes prior to travel (if applicable)
- When checking in bags, please try and use the self-service drops where possible
- Social distancing means that check in, security checks and boarding the aircraft may take longer than normal, so leave earlier than you usually would to make sure you arrive at the airport with plenty of time
- Maintain social distancing rules in all areas of the airport – these will be the same as in other public places
- Make use of the hand sanitisers located around the airport and wash your hands regularly
- Some outlets may ask for card payments only
ON BOARD THE AIRCRAFT
All airlines, including Easyjet, TUI and British Airways, have introduced additional safety measures to minimise the risk of infection and protect you at every stage. Please take a little time to familiarise yourself with the policy of the airline you will be flying with.
- We expect boarding to be done in groups. You will be notified when it is your turn to board your flight
- Face masks / coverings must be worn at the airport, when boarding the aircraft and during the flight.
- Try and keep your hand luggage to a minimum as the crew won't be able to help you put your luggage in the overhead lockers
- Passengers are politely asked to refrain from consuming their own food or beverages as much as possible
- In-flight magazines will be removed to minimise contact between passengers
- You will be allowed to use the toilet, but please try to avoid queuing in the aisle
- Rest assured that aircraft cabins are thoroughly disinfected daily, providing surface protection which is effective for at least 24 hours
For more information about how you can protect yourself and others while travelling, please click here.
OUR SELF-CATERING PROPERTIES
You’ve arrived at your property and now it’s time to relax! Social distancing measures won’t be needed here unless anyone visits the property. Cleaners, gardeners and pool maintenance will take extra precautions to keep you safe.
Cleaning – Villas will undergo a deep clean between rentals, with cleaners paying additional attention to surfaces, handles and other touchpoints both inside and outside the property.
Linen – Linen will be cleaned at a minimum of 60°C in accordance with latest guidelines.
OUR HOTELS & RESIDENCE
Naturally, hotel holidays will need a little more care when it comes to keeping safe. Every hotel will be different, but here’s a breakdown of the sort of safety measures you can expect.
Social distancing – Every country will follow different social distancing rules. These will be shown with floor markings, and it’s likely you will see these in your hotel’s communal areas. Simply ask reception on arrival if anything is unclear.
Wearing masks – It is likely your hotel may ask you to wear a face covering in communal areas, including reception and whilst entering and leaving the hotel.
Buffet meals – There might be a change in the way some hotels serve food. You may find that your hotel introduces timed dining sittings and table menu service rather than a self-service buffet.
Swimming pools, sunloungers and tables - Swimming pools will be open and sunloungers and tables will be positioned at a safe distance from one another to allow for social distancing. Hotel staff will be on hand to advise if needed.
Out and about – It’s important to also follow local guidelines and social distancing measures when you leave your hotel. If you are unsure of anything, please speak to our representative or your hotel staff.
CAR HIRE & TRANSFERS
Avis, our car hire partner, has introduced additional safety measures to keep customers safe. These include careful cleaning, paperless rental agreements and clear social distancing floor markings at rental desks. For more information, please click here.
Transfers will be provided according to local social distancing guidelines, but masks will be required and travelling groups will sit together. There will also be a reduction in the maximum occupancy of the vehicle.