COVID 19 Update
We have all been patiently waiting for news from the UK and Ireland as to when we will be free to visit and golf there once more. Last Friday, the UK Prime Minister announced the creation of a traffic light system for entry into the UK. Testing and quarantine requirements will be in place depending on whether a country is on the green, amber, or red list. Travelers from countries within the green band will be allowed to enter the U.K. without a quarantine, although they will be required to show a negative result from a Covid test taken within 72 hours of arrival. A further test must be taken on day 2 of arrival. The USA has not been placed on the green list and so a quarantine of 10 days is still required to enter the U.K. from the USA. Scotland adopted the same system on 11 May 2021. The list of approved green countries will be revisited every 3 weeks with countries being added or subtracted based on the data available.
Northern Ireland has not yet set out their policies which will be separate from Scotland and England, however, they are unlikely to deviate much from the UK policy.
The Republic of Ireland is part of the EU and they are expected to join their European partners in allowing travel from vaccinated people rather than restricting named countries. As yet however there is no date for when travelers will be welcomed once more to the south of Ireland.
Scotland is expected to meet its goal of vaccinating all of the eligible population with at least one dose of vaccine by the end of May. N Ireland is on par to do the same while England with a much larger population will be a month behind. The Republic of Ireland got off to a slow start with their vaccination program as they are part of the EU and experienced supply problems. They are ramping up now with about a 1/3 of the eligible population vaccinated with at least 1 dose, they have stated that they will have all of their adult population vaccinated by June 30.
Where does all of this information leave you?
For our clients traveling to the U.K. and Northern Ireland, we expect travel in August and onwards to take place. For clients traveling in July, the picture is less clear, we have heard from many of our travel partners in the UK that they expect the USA to be added to the green list at the next announcement which is due at the start of June. Airlines and the British tourist authority have all urged the U.K. government to include the USA on the green list as soon as possible, however, the British Government is being very cautious in their approach to reopening and so we will need to wait for the next announcement to see if indeed this has changed.
We are in the process of contacting all of our clients who have travel scheduled for July to discuss the situation in each country. We are happy to move anyone with a departure date in July to 2022 or 2023. We understand this is disappointing news however our goal is to act in the best interests of you our clients. We also have to consider our partners in the U.K and Ireland. They, like all of us, want golf travel to commence as soon as possible, however, they will have the opportunity to accommodate domestic travel this summer and so we would like to allow them the opportunity to do that in a timely manner.
We truly thank you for your patience, support, and flexibility through all of the challenges we have faced due to Covid in the last two years. The light is at last at the end of the tunnel, we just need to be patient a little longer. It has been great to see all of our UK and Ireland hotel partners open their doors in the last few weeks after months of being shuttered, it gives us hope that normality is just around the corner!