As we have received a number of calls and e-mails from guests with queries about the potential impact of Brexit, we have put together this brief Brexit Q&A to answer the most common questions.
Coronavirus update #1 at 1230 on 08/02/2020
We are aware of a confirmed case of Coronavirus with a group of British Nationals staying in the French ski resort of Les Contamines-Montjoie. Esprit Ski does not operate in this resort and our guests and staff currently overseas are not impacted. At present this is an isolated case, but we are monitoring the situation closely. We urge all guests to follow WHO recommendations by maintaining good hand and respiratory hygiene and seek early medical intervention in the event of fever, cough or difficulty breathing.
Travel updates and alerts
The welfare of our guests is the first priority of everyone and we are aware that the outbreak of Coronavirus in China has led to changes in the travel advice issued by the British Foreign Office for travel to China and some other countries.
We operate our trips in accordance with advice issued by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) and closely monitor the travel warnings and advice issued relating to the destinations in our programme.
We strongly recommend that you check the FCO website for up-to-date travel information. You can also sign up for the FCO’s handy alerts service so that you don’t miss any updates.
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office Travel Advice Unit may have issued information about your holiday destination. You are advised to check the FCO website for the latest advice. You might also like to read through their range of special-interest pages for different types of travellers who may need different types of advice.
The Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) Information Department is pleased to offer advice on travel related subjects and can verify ABTA membership details. Calls are charged at 50p per minute between 9am and 5.30pm: 0901 201 50 50 (UK Callers Only). ABTA is the UK's Premier Trade Association for Tour Operators and Travel Agents. ABTA's main aims are to maintain high standards of trading practice for the benefit of its Members, the travel industry at large, and the consumers that they serve.
Skiing and Holiday Safety
ABTA have produced a helpful guide (in PDF format) with advice including safety on the piste, when going out and care in the sun. "How to have a safe and healthy holiday in the snow".
Passports & Visas
The United Kingdom Passport Service
It is your responsibility to be in possession of a valid passport and any visa that may be necessary. If you hold a Commonwealth or non-British passport, please check visa regulations with the embassy or consulate of the country you will be visiting. You should allow ample time when making visa applications and check for any changes in visa/passport requirements that a country may make at any time. At the time of publishing this information on the website, you do not need a visa for any destination, provided you have a British passport and usually an onward/return ticket.
Know Before You Go
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office’s 'Know Before You Go' (KBYG) is an ongoing campaign to ensure travellers get adequate travel insurance, have the necessary passport and visa documentation, leave emergency contact information with someone and tell them where you are going, have enough money and have access to emergency funds, visit GPs before travelling as appropriate, familiarise themselves with the destination’s local laws and customs and check the FCO’s country travel advice. For details, see the FCO website.
Please refer to the Department of Health for up to date advice on immunisations required and advised for travel abroad.
European Health Insurance Card
Reciprocal agreements exist in the EC enabling citizens of member countries to receive some free medical treatment on production of a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). Application forms are available from the Post Office or Department of Health. You can also apply online for the EHIC. We highly recommend taking out further medical insurance and not relying exclusively on these arrangements since they may not be very comprehensive plus do not cover any insurance matters outside of health.
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Please note, requirements can change and it is your responsibility to check with the relevant body and ensure you have the necessary and correct documentation and advice.