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Your Covid FAQs Answered

School trip covid FAQs

Here you'll find the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding Covid-19 and school trips.

Of course, if you have any other questions or would like any further information or advice, please don't hesitate to contact us - we're here to help.

I'm due to travel in the autumn term, will my school trip go ahead?

The Department for Education (DfE) has now confirmed that overseas school trips can proceed from September 2021.

If restrictions are imposed or advice changes, you will be covered by our Covid Guarantee, which allows you to postpone your trip to a later date*. 

If restrictions are imposed or advice changes within 30 days of your departure, you can still choose to postpone to a later date or you can cancel your trip, in which case we'll provide you with a full refund*.

*Terms and conditions do apply, please see our website for details. 

What precautions are being taken to ensure it will be safe for us to travel?

The safety of our groups is always our top priority.

We're working closely with hoteliers, coach companies and other suppliers to ensure that rigorous hygiene and health and safety standards compliant with Covid-19 guidelines are put in place. 

Your Itinerary Coordinator will discuss this in detail with you and will advise you on the local restrictions and guidelines in the destination you're visiting. 

What if someone has to drop out of the trip because they test positive for Covid-19 or are told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace?

Our insurance providers offer cover for individual cancellations if an individual tests positive for Covid-19 or is instructed to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace within 14 days of departure. 

Please contact your Tour Adviser or Itinerary Coordinator for more details. 

What happens if the FCDO advises against travel to our destination, or a country we have to travel through to reach our destination?

If you book a school trip with us by 22nd October 2021, you'll be covered by our Covid Guarantee which, in this case, would allow you to postpone your trip to a later date*. 

If the FCDO advice changes within 30 days of your departure, you could still choose to postpone your trip to a later date, or you could cancel your trip and we would provide you with a full refund*.

*Terms and conditions apply, please see our Covid Guarantee for further information. 

What happens if the country we're going to, or a country we have to travel through, moves on to the red list?

If you book a school trip with us by 22nd October 2021, you'll be covered by our Covid Guarantee which, in this case, would allow you to postpone your trip to a later date*. 

If the country you're going to, or a country you have to travel to, moves to the red list within 30 days of your departure, you could still choose to postpone your trip to a later date, or you could cancel your trip and we would provide you with a full refund*.

*Terms and conditions apply, please see our Covid Guarantee for further information. 

What happens if quarantine is required upon arriving in or returning from our destination?

If you book a school trip with us by 22nd October 2021, you'll be covered by our Covid Guarantee which, in this case, would allow you to postpone your trip to a later date*. 

If quarantine restrictions were announced within 30 days of your departure, you could still choose to postpone your trip to a later date, or you could cancel your trip and we would provide you with a full refund*.

*Terms and conditions apply, please see our Covid Guarantee for further information. 

What happens if the DfE advises against overnight residentials/overseas school trips to our destination?

The DfE has announced that international school trips can take place from September 2021. 

If you book a school trip with us by 22nd October 2021, you'll be covered by our Covid Guarantee which, in this case, would allow you to postpone your trip to a later date*. 

If the DfE advice changes within 30 days of your departure, you could still choose to postpone your trip to a later date, or you could cancel your trip and we would provide you with a full refund*.

*Terms and conditions apply, please see our Covid Guarantee for further information. 

What happens if local or national lockdown restrictions prevent us from travelling? 

If you book a school trip with us by 22nd October 2021, you'll be covered by our Covid Guarantee which, in this case, would allow you to postpone your trip to a later date*. 

If a local or national lockdown is announced within 30 days of your departure, you could still choose to postpone your trip to a later date, or you could cancel your trip and we would provide you with a full refund*.

*Terms and conditions apply, please see our Covid Guarantee for further information. 

What happens if local restrictions in the destination impact the primary purpose of our school trip?

If you book a school trip with us by 22nd October 2021, you'll be covered by our Covid Guarantee which, in this case, would allow you to postpone your trip to a later date*. 

If local restrictions affecting the primary purpose of your trip were announced within 30 days of your departure, you could still choose to postpone your trip to a later date, or you could cancel your trip and we would provide you with a full refund*.

*Terms and conditions apply, please see our Covid Guarantee for further information. 

What if the Christmas market we are visiting is cancelled (Christmas markets trip only)?

If you book a Christmas markets school trip with us by 22nd October 2021, you'll be covered by our Covid Guarantee which, in this case, would allow you to postpone your trip to a later date*. 

If the Christmas market you will be visiting is cancelled within 30 days of your departure, you could still choose to postpone your trip to a later date, or you could cancel your trip and we would provide you with a full refund*.

*Terms and conditions apply, please see our Covid Guarantee for further information. 

What if the ski resort we are due to visit is closed due to restrictions (ski trips only)?

If you book a school ski trip with us by 22nd October 2021, you'll be covered by our Covid Guarantee which, in this case, would allow you to postpone your trip to a later date*. 

If restrictions mean the ski resort is closed within 30 days of your departure, you could still choose to postpone your trip to a later date, or you could cancel your trip and we would provide you with a full refund*.

*Terms and conditions apply, please see our Covid Guarantee for further information. 

What if local restrictions mean we're not able to perform concerts in our destination (music tours only)?

If you book a school music tour with us by 22nd October 2021, you'll be covered by our Covid Guarantee which, in this case, would allow you to postpone your tour to a later date*. 

If the advice regarding public performance in your destination changes within 30 days of your departure, you could still choose to postpone your tour to a later date, or you could cancel your tour and we would provide you with a full refund*.

*Terms and conditions apply, please see our Covid Guarantee for further information. 

What if local restrictions mean we're unable to play sports fixtures against local teams in the destination (sports tours only)?

If you book a school sports tour with us by 22nd October 2021, you'll be covered by our Covid Guarantee which, in this case, would allow you to postpone your tour to a later date*. 

If advice regarding team sports in your destination changes within 30 days of your departure, you could still choose to postpone your tour to a later date, or you could cancel your tour and we would provide you with a full refund*.

*Terms and conditions apply, please see our Covid Guarantee for further information. 

My school has RPA insurance, are we covered to go on a school trip?

The DfE has announced that international school trips can take place from September 2021.

Therefore, the RPA insurance scheme will cover schools for new trips booked after 1st September 2021. 

Can you offer insurance for individuals in case they need to drop out of the trip?

Our insurance providers can now offer cover for individuals needing to drop out of the trip in the following circumstances:

  • Because a Qualified Medical Practitioner has diagnosed them as positive for Covid-19 within up to 14 days of departure
  • Because they have been hospitalised due to Covid-19 within up to 28 days of departure
  • Because they have been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace for a period of time that prevents them from taking the trip

The insurance also covers the additional costs of accommodation and flights should an individual contract Covid-19 and have to self-isolate while abroad. If the individual is under 18, the policy also covers the additional costs to account for a family member to come across or a group leader/teacher to stay with the individual. 

Please contact us for details. 

Is the money I’ve paid to Halsbury Travel safe if the company ceases trading?

Whilst we are very optimistic about the future, we understand that these are uncertain times.

In the unlikely event that Halsbury Travel was to cease trading, our ABTA (Association of British Travel Agents) bonding and ATOL license protects all refunds that would be due for a trip that has not yet taken place.

Still have questions?

Please don't hesitate to contact us, as we'll be very pleased to help. 

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