Coronavirus Update 17/03/2020

COVID-19 Exceptional Travel Advisory Notice- As countries respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, including travel and border restrictions, the FCO advises British nationals against all but essential international travel.

We want to keep you as up to date as possible. We are currently monitoring all bookings and contacting clients that may be affected in order of departure date. Please be assured that your health and safety are of paramount importance to us and we are in regular contact with our local agents to gather information on conditions locally, in addition to implementing UK Government advice. However, this is clearly an extremely fast moving situation with changes occurring on a much more frequent basis now. Your patience and support at this very challenging time are very much appreciated.

Please see below for the current status of our holiday destinations:

Maldives– There is currently no UK and Foreign Commonwealth travel advisory against travelling to The Maldives. We are following these guidelines daily and you can read them here.
The Government of Maldives has decided passengers with travel history to the following regions within the last 14 days will not be allowed to enter or transit through Maldives as per below effective dates:

  • United Kindgom effective from l9th March 2020
  • Iran from 26th February 2020.
  • North Gyeongsang Province and South Gyeongsang Province of Republic of South Korea from 3rd March 2020
  • Mainland China effective 04 February 2020
  • Italy, effective from 8th March 2020.
  • Bangladesh, effective from 10th to 24th March 2020
  • Spain, effective from l5’h March 2020
  • Ile-de-France and Grand Est, of France effective from l5th March 2020
  • Bavaria, North Rhine Westphalia and Baden-Wuerttemberg regions of Germany, effective from l5th March 2020.
  • Malaysia effective from l7th March 2020
  • All Maldivians and spouses of Maldivian nationals arriving from the mentioned countries and regions will be permitted entry.

India– The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all but essential travel to India. The Government of India has announced that passengers from the UK (and the EU and Turkey) will be prohibited from entering India. Airlines will not permit passengers from those countries to board planes from 1200 GMT on 18 March 2020. The restrictions are due to be in place until at least 31 March 2020.
All No News No Shoes clients travelling before the 30th of April have now been contacted.

Sri LankaThe Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all but essential travel to Sri Lanka due to travel restrictions implemented by the Sri Lankan government related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The Sri Lankan government has decided that people arriving from the UK, or having travelled through the UK, will not be allowed to enter Sri Lanka from midnight on 16 March (6.30pm GMT 15 March). Anyone arriving in Sri Lanka after that date with either be refused entry or placed into military supervised quarantine for 14 days.
All No News No Shoes clients travelling before the 30th of April have now been contacted.

Indonesia– The Foreign and Commonwealth Office advise against all but essential travel to all of Indonesia. There is an ongoing global outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) and cases have been confirmed in Indonesia. The Government of Indonesia requires that travellers from countries in which the World Health Organisation (WHO) has evidence of local transmission of COVID-19 (see WHO situation reports) should self-isolate for 14 days on arrival in Indonesia. Further travel restrictions in Indonesia or elsewhere may be introduced with little or no notice and may limit your ability to travel within Indonesia or to return to the UK.
All No News No Shoes clients travelling before the 30th of April have now been contacted.

Blog- 26/02/20
No News No Shoes are following official advice from Public Health England and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. At this point in time, there is no reason why you shouldn’t travel and continue with your holiday plans. There are currently no restrictions on travel to any of our holiday destinations.

Cases of Covid-19 (Coronavirus) have been reported in specific locations in a number of countries throughout the world. Although the overall volume of reported cases is very low, with the majority in China, some destination authorities have introduced enhanced health measures, so it is very important that travellers follow the public health advice relating to a local destination that they are travelling to. Travellers should also keep up to date on local advice during their visit.

Travellers are advised to read the FCO travel advice for the country they are travelling to, which includes entry requirements and a link through to the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) TravelHealthPro website that provides specific travel health advice for countries. 

Enhanced health screening procedures have been put in place at arrival and departure areas in many countries. Travellers should comply with these processes and take relevant preventative measures to reduce the risk of exposure.

Your travel plans may be affected in different ways, depending on Foreign Office advice. If the Foreign & Commonwealth Office advises against travel to a destination and your holiday arrangements have been affected, No News No Shoes will get in touch and advise you of the options open to you. 

If you have booked a package and are not due to travel imminently, No News No Shoes will decide on an ongoing basis how far in advance they’ll begin offering alternative. The Foreign & Commonwealth Office advice is in relation to imminent departures and it is too early to say that your holiday can’t go ahead as planned. Therefore, customers with future departure dates will be required to wait to find out whether the advice changes and their holiday can continue as planned. If you cancel early you may have to pay cancellation charges.

Most destinations do not have any British Government advice against travel. If there is no advice against travel to your destination and you don’t want to go, you’re free to make that choice, but there’s no obligation on No News No Shoes to give you a refund. Normal cancellation charges will apply. It is highly unlikely that you will be able to claim any cancellation charge on your insurance as there isn’t normally cover for disinclination to travel but you can check the terms of your policy. 

Please watch the following video from the World Health Organisation for advice on protecting yourself while travelling .