Do you remember the excitement of booking your next holiday and the anticipation as it drew nearer? The good news is holiday planning is possible again, provided you do your homework.
As lockdown rules are slowly being lifted many people are asking whether it’s safe to book a summer holiday, either abroad or at home.
We’ve endured the pandemic for nearly 18 months now, and no travel or holidays has become a frustrating norm. But can you wait any longer before you take a much needed break with your partner or family? And is it safe to book a trip or wait?
Let’s explore your travel options and the dos and don’ts of booking a holiday for summer 2021.
Where can you go in summer 2021?
Holidays to other countries stopped last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic but many Irish people will be hopeful that they can return to the skies at some point in 2021.
All passengers arriving in Ireland must:
-complete a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form
-provide evidence that they have a negative or ‘not detected’ result from a COVID-19 Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test carried out no more than 72 hours before they arrive in Ireland.
-respect mandatory quarantine requirements applied to all persons who have been overseas in the 14-days prior to entering Ireland. A 14-day quarantine period must be undertaken at the address specified on the Passenger Locator Form.
If you are travelling from or via a designated State then you must also pre-book and pre-pay for a place in a designated facility for mandatory hotel quarantine. These arrangements apply to any passenger who has been in any of these countries in the previous 14 days, even if only transiting through one of these countries and even if remaining airside.
The Minister for Health has designated 52 countries as designated States for the purposes of mandatory hotel quarantine: 20 countries from Africa, 11 from Asia, 3 from North America, 17 from South America and one from Europe.
The important thing is to check the country you want to visit’s entry requirements as you still may not be allowed in. If you’re planning to book a summer 2021 holiday you should keep an eye on this list as it’s updated. Here’s a useful link to check the latest situation: Ireland’s designated state.
What are the risks of booking a summer 2021 trip now?
There’s nothing to stop you from booking a holiday from Ireland to one of the green list countries, but you should be cautious and be aware of the potential risks. These are the things to consider when booking a summer 2021 trip:
-look for flexible booking policies that offer refunds or credit if your trip is cancelled, whether you book a package holiday, a hotel or an Airbnb
-read the small print when booking flights – many operators now offer no charge flight changes
-check the current quarantine and social distancing rules in the country you want to visit (you may find yourself sunbathing in a mask!)
-are your travel plans flexible? – some companies are offering vouchers to alternative destinations if restrictions change
-will you need proof you’ve been vaccinated for the country you’re visiting?
-will everyone in your party have been vaccinated?
Of course, you might prefer a staycation in Ireland. In fact, Ireland is considered as a safe country in terms of virus propagation. So this summer should be the perfect time to experience an unforgettable holiday in Ireland! Hit the open road on an epic scenic drive, find idyllic coves and hidden beaches along the shore, camp under starlit skies and go island hopping off the coast!
Let’s face it, sometimes the kids don’t care where they are! Why not consider hiring a car and discovering coastal wonders, visiting national parks buzzing with plants and animals or even watching whales breach far out at sea!
Will there be good deals for summer 2021 holidays?
In general, prices seem to be rising, as travel companies seek to recoup the money they’ve lost over the last 18 months.
But don’t despair, there are travel bargains out there for you to enjoy a summer holiday with the kids or a romantic getaway with your other half. The secret is to do your research and consider new things.
Perhaps you’ve never fancied a package holiday – now might be the time to try one if you’re searching for cheap deals. Or what about considering an Airbnb for a family holiday or a getaway with your partner? If you want a flexible holiday renting your own accommodation and a car could be the perfect solution.
Booking a holiday is nothing like it used to be, but with careful planning and understanding of the requirements, you should be able to enjoy a well-earned break with family or friends.
To efficiently plan your holiday, remember to regularly take a look at the news related to Covid on the official coronavirus news site to follow the progress of the lifting of health measures.