12 holidays to ebook for 2021 when Covid journey restrictions finish, from the Maldives to the Balearic islands
Canary Islands, Spain
The Canary Islands were removed from the UK’s quarantine list in October. According to the price comparison website travelupermarket.com, Tenerife is the most searched and booked future package holiday destination, Lanzarote is in second place.
In Tenerife, easyJet Holidays (easyjet.com) is offering a week’s B&B at the Colon Guanahani Hotel in the resort of Costa Adeje in early March for £ 829 per person, including flights from Manchester and transfers. Holidays can be canceled and refunded up to 28 days prior to departure, with the deposit refunded as a credit.
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Jet2 Holidays (jet2holidays.com) is offering one week of self-catering at Villa Alondras on Costa Teguise, Lanzarote for £ 1,055 per person in February, including flights from Leeds / Bradford and rental car. Cancellations up to 70 days before departure will be refunded minus the deposit – or in full if Jet2 is unable to carry out the vacation.
A negative PCR test will be required on arrival and taken no more than 72 hours prior to travel. Tourists must use the Radar Covid app. No quarantine on return to the UK.
Ibiza, Spain (Photo: Getty / Cavan Images)
Balearic Islands, Spain
There was an inevitable rush to this group of Mediterranean islands when travel restrictions to Spain were lifted in the summer. Although short-lived, the “travel corridor” has maintained interest for 2021.
The villa specialist Vintage Travel (vintagetravel.co.uk) recorded a 152 percent increase in bookings in November compared to the previous month. It’s got a week in La Tierra Buena in southeast Mallorca, which has a private pool and sleeps four, for £ 2,438 in July and August. Bookings can be changed or fully refunded if canceled for Covid reasons.
In Ibiza, G Adventures (gadventures.com) offers a six-day, small-group walking holiday from £ 577 per person with breakfast and activities in March excluding travel.
The FCDO advises against non-essential travel to Spain (with the exception of the Canary Islands). A negative 72 hour PCR test is required upon arrival. Quarantine on return to the UK.
The Masseria del Faro is just a short drive from the sandy beaches
CV Villas (cvvillas.com) reports strong bookings for Greece and Italy for 2021. It has a number of restored traditional trullo buildings and farmhouse conversions in Masseria, southern Italy, including the contemporary Masseria del Faro with a pool and is one short drive from sandy beaches.
One week rental, including flights in early May, starts at £ 1,377 per person. Dates can be changed free of charge up to 11 weeks before departure, but price changes will be taken into account.
The Federal Foreign Office currently advises against all non-essential trips to Italy. A negative PCR test performed no more than 96 hours prior to arrival is required. Free tests are available at some airports. Travelers must quarantine themselves on their return to the UK.
The quiet Ionian island of Meganissi was one of the most sought-after destinations for villa specialist GIC (gicthevillacollection.com) this summer. It offers one week of self-catering in the three bedroom Villa Kallisti with pool for £ 1,085 per person including Gatwick flights and transfers during the May halfway point. Holidays can be postponed, credit offered, or refund made.
The FCDO advises against all non-essential travel to Greece with the exception of Rhodes, Kos, Zakynthos, Corfu and Crete. A negative PCR test (72 hours) is required. Quarantine on return to the UK.
Old Port, Chania, Crete (Photo: Getty)
The largest of the Greek islands is also the southernmost and has the longest season. On the northeast coast in the upscale resort Elounda, Tui (tui.co.uk) is offering a week of half-board at the Tui Blue Elounda Village in mid-May for adults only from 1,322 GBP per person with Bristol flights in a bungalow with private pool. Free changes for Covid reasons.
See Meganissi. No quarantine on return to the UK.
There is still good availability for holidays in southern Spain, but that is likely to change when travel restrictions to Europe are relaxed. Seville is a popular travel destination thanks to its traditional Easter celebrations and mild climate. Kirker Holidays (kirkerholidays.com) is offering three nights with breakfast at the Moorish Casas de la Juderia from £ 728 per person in April with flights from London.
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Kuredu Island Resort, Maldives
Dubai, United Arab Emirates and Maldives
Since they were removed from the quarantine list last month, there has been a surge in interest in winter sun escapes to the beach beach, the skyscraper emirate and the tropical archipelago. Trailfinders (trailfinders.com) offers a 10-day, dual-center trip that covers both from £ 1,999 per person in January.
The price includes flights, transfers, three nights with breakfast at the Hilton Dubai Creek and one week all-inclusive at the Kuredu Island Resort. Holidays can be changed for free or canceled for a full refund if FCDO recommendations change up to seven days prior to travel.
A PCR test can be performed upon arrival at Dubai Airport, or the arrival can give a negative result obtained no later than 96 hours before departure. A negative PCR test (96 hours) is also required upon arrival in the Maldives. No quarantine on return to the UK from either destination.
The Torres del Paine is part of the small Paine mountain range in the 230,000 hectare Torres del Paine National Park in Chilean Patagonia (Photo: MARTIN BERNETTI / AFP / Getty).
Journey Latin America (journeylatinamerica.com) reports that many lodges in the far south of Chile will not be open this season and that transferred bookings will decrease capacity between November 2021 and March 2022.
However, flights are still inexpensive. A new 13-day Trailblazer Chile vacation covering Patagonia plus the vineyards of the Central Valley and the Atacama Desert starts at £ 5,722 per person with flights, transfers, B&B and activities.
Changes can be made up to 45 days before departure.
A negative PCR test (72 hours) upon arrival with proof of health insurance. No quarantine on return to the UK.
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The Pitons in St. Lucia (Photo: Paul Baggaley / Getty)
There’s a noticeable demand for this Caribbean island with one-way flights over £ 1,000 over the next week. However, prices drop to around £ 430 in January when the climate is ideal – warm and sunny with little rainfall.
UK arrivals are only allowed to stay at their hotel for certified activities.
BA (britishairways.com) did a week at Marigot Beach Club and Dive Resort for £ 1,212 in mid-January with flights from Gatwick. Bookings can be changed up to three weeks before departure or canceled with an offered voucher.
A negative PCR test (seven days) on arrival. Tourists must stay in a Covid certified hotel for the duration of their trip. No quarantine on return to the UK.
The Ugandan Wildlife Agency has cut the cost of gorilla tracking permits from $ 700 (£ 520) to $ 400 (£ 300) by March 31.
The country is home to around half of the world’s endangered mountain gorillas. Responsible Travel (responsibletravel.com) offers a 10-day gorilla and wildlife safari for small groups from £ 3,050 per person (excluding flights) with departures in January, February and March.
Cancellations can be made up to 60 days before departure with a deposit. After that date changes or coupons will be offered.
The FCDO advises against non-essential travel to Uganda. Arrivals must present a negative PCR test (36 hours). Quarantine on return to the UK.
Sunset at Marinha Beach in the Algarve, Portugal (Photo: ARoxo / Getty)
Although the Portuguese “travel corridor” only lasted a few weeks, airfares rose and interest remained high. Travel Republic (travelrepublic.co.uk) is offering a week of self-catering at Grand Muthu Forte do Vale in Albufeira this June from £ 397 per person on Gatwick flights. Holidays can be changed up to seven days before departure or reimbursed for Covid reasons.
The FCDO advises against non-essential travel to mainland Portugal. UK arrivals are required to undergo health screening. Quarantine on return to the UK.
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Once restrictions allow, demand is likely to quickly return to the UK’s second most popular holiday destination, especially if Eurotunnel offers a socially distant mode of transport.
Eurocamp (eurocamp.co.uk) has a week at La Grande Matairie campsite in Carnac, Brittany, for £ 1,200 in mid-August for a family of four. Changes can be made free of charge up to one week prior to departure. Cancellations related to Covid can be refunded or deferred.
The FCDO advises against all non-essential travel to France. Quarantine on return to the UK.