Return to travel in a post-Covid world (updated 02 Dec 2020)
Travel with confidence, travel with Rickshaw
Covid-19 has affected the world more than we could have ever expected. The outbreak had an overwhelming impact on the travel industry, closing borders, and halting cross-nation travel completely.
However, there are now glimmers of hope as the FCDO begins to lift restrictions and we start to see borders open once again in preparation for welcoming travellers. The world we return to won’t be like the ‘normal’ we’ve been used to. Instead many industries, especially travel, must change and adapt to overcome the challenges that remain.
The safety of our customers has been, and always will be, the number one priority. Behind the scenes, we’re looking forward, we’re making changes and we’re putting extra steps in place to minimise risks.
The situation has been difficult, but our experienced team has worked together to ensure that we can continue doing what we love most; sending our customers on adventures that will create memories to last a lifetime. Making good things happen through travel.
Our approach to responsible travel has, in many ways, already helped to prepare us for a post-Covid world. Our travel specialists have first-hand knowledge and connections within our destinations. We already work closely with local partners to ensure each and every one of our trips meet individuals requirements. Our strong partnerships mean we can be agile. Our years of experience and relationship-building means we can adapt quickly as we make preparations for the return of holidays.
We’re filled with hope and excitement as we begin to look forward and plan for adventures ahead. Trips to dream destinations will be even more precious. And our team will be working to ensure that all our holidays remain fun and fulfilling, as well as low-risk to health and safety.
When can we travel long-haul again?
The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office currently advises against all but essential travel to many countries on the basis of Covid 19 risk, but there are increasingly optimistic signs of more long-haul destinations opening up in early 2021.
Good news is starting to filter through. Various vaccine trials are showing potential, and there is now confirmation that the Pfizer vaccine has been approved for rollout. The Government has also announced from the 15th December it’s ‘test to release’ scheme which will allow arrivals into the UK from countries not on the government’s quarantine-free travel corridor list to take a test after five days of self-isolation, which – if negative – will allow them to exit quarantine. Since this increase in cautious optimism, we have been delighted to see a surge in interest form our travellers who are keen to plan for holidays for 2021 and 2022.
For now, we await further changes to FCDO travel advice and government updates on airport testing and quarantine requirements. Rest assured our team is following this closely and we will be the first to let you know when restrictions are changed or lifted.
Thank you to our loyal customers
We won’t sugar coat it; it’s been a challenging time. But we’d like to thank all of our customers for their continued support and understanding. You really are the reason we love what we do here at Rickshaw and your continued kind words during the pandemic have given us so much strength and motivation.
We recently sent out a survey to some of our customers and friends in the travel community. The response and feedback we received has been positively overwhelming, and our managing director, Lloyd wanted to share a few words:
“Firstly, I want to say from the bottom of my heart – thank you. The outbreak of Covid-19 and worldwide lockdown has been extremely scary but one thing for sure, it has created an enormous sense of community, support and love. Here at Rickshaw, we are a small but mighty team and working together day in day out we’ve quickly become a family. But our family extends further than the office or our homes, our family is each and every one of our customers who have stood by us and offered words of kindness and support. We’ve made it through this together and we can’t wait to begin sending you all on trips of a lifetime again.”
– Lloyd Kane, Managing Director
Our travel specialists are here to answer any questions
We know you might have questions about travel in a post-Covid world, our travel specialists are ready to help. Please don’t hesitate to contact us today and let’s get you looking forward to travelling once again.
For more information, have a look at these links
Updates on Covid-19:
World Health Organization (WHO) — https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
The latest Government travel advice:
Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office — https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice