Runbysingers Travel Policy and Travel Advice for 2021 Updated 29 July 2021
To quote the FCO, travel is different this year - but it is already getting much easier and holidays are happening!
Many of you have contacted us asking if our 2021 events are all definitely going ahead. We share your anxiety and frustration but, as very little to do with travel is absolutely definite this year, we have to put our plans in place and await developments.
Early cancellation due to uncertainty is not an option for holiday providers. As a registered Tour Operator and member of AITO, UK Package Tour Regulations oblige us to use best efforts to deliver the holidays that we are contracted to provide. On that basis, all our singing events are ‘on’ until – and unless – government regulations or something official obliges us to cancel them.
This is looking far less likely as cases drop and vaccinations increase across Europe. However, if we are obliged to cancel, everyone will be offered a choice of a prompt refund or a new holiday. We will not go ahead with any holiday which requires fully vaccinated people to quarantine.
We will also have to comply with any local regulations that are in place at our destination. These may include some distancing, wearing of masks when not actually singing, curfews and proof of double vaccination. They are also subject to change - sometimes at short notice.
The UK has just agreed to recognise EU vaccination certificates and it is likely that the EU will, in turn, recognise the UK’s official NHS certification. As of today no announcement has yet been made. Most European countries are still on the amber list and testing is required. It seems increasingly likely that European travel will be nigh impossible without full vaccination.
Last year almost all of our 2020 holidays had to be postponed. Singers were given a choice of a refund or a new holiday and many of you decided to rebook for this year. If you have already rebooked, there is no need to take any further action - we will contact you. We will also delay issuing final invoices until nearer the planned date of departure to give singers the latest information.
We look forward to singing together again later this year.
Runbysingers - Nick, Jane and Emma