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Covid Travel update for UK Travellers (4th Oct 2021)

International travel is becoming easier as the UK and other destinations around the world begin to ease the restrictions of the past 18 months.

• As of October 4th, fully vaccinated UK travellers will no longer need to obtain a Covid test 72 hours prior to returning home from abroad, unless they have travelled to a country on the FCO red list. Travellers are now required to take only a single PCR test once they have returned home.

• The FCO red list countries have been reduced in number – and the amber and green designations removed entirely – which has had the effect of opening up a number of non-European destinations to UK travellers. This includes several countries that we specialise in at Gane and Marshall, such as Oman and Kenya!

• A number of countries that have been restricting entry to overseas visitors since the beginning of the pandemic have begun to ease their travel restrictions, or announced plans to do so in the coming months. These include Canada (now fully open to vaccinated UK travellers), Australia, Japan, and Sri Lanka, amongst other destinations.

Where can UK residents travel this winter?
As a result of the above, UK travellers can now consider a much larger number of destinations for travel this winter and early 2022 that were not possible even a month ago. Much of Europe remains open to vaccinated travellers from the UK, including the Azores (Portugal), Iceland, Spain, and Norway. Beyond Europe, countries such as Canada, Oman and Morocco have now opened to vaccinated UK travellers, while parts of South East Asia are expected to soon follow. Most excitingly for us at Gane and Marshall, the removal of Kenya from the FCO red list, and the easing of restrictions on international arrivals on the Kenyan side, means that East Africa is for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic a realistic travel prospect for UK travellers, though most of the continent still remains on the FCO red list despite destinations such as Namibia, Rwanda, and Uganda reporting very low rates of Covid.

There are of course still many caveats to consider if you are considering travel this winter, with extra bureaucracy involved in travel to all destinations and a large number of countries still shut to overseas visitors. Many travellers will understandably prefer to defer their holiday plans to the second half of 2022 or beyond, either out of necessity or because they would rather enjoy their holiday at a time when Covid isn’t a consideration. But for those keen to get away in the coming months, the list of possible destinations is now much larger than it has been at any point since the beginning of the pandemic.

Holiday planning with Gane and Marshall – visit the UK, Europe and selected long haul destinations
If you are considering a holiday for either late this year or 2022, please consider getting in touch with our team on 01822 600 600 or Throughout the pandemic, we have been offering our clients impartial advice on where they can and cannot travel, as well as guidance on how best to navigate the Covid restrictions, and we would be delighted to help you plan your winter escape!

Holidaying Abroad – your questions answered

The UK government has now removed the ban on international travel and reinstated a traffic light system, with different rules governing travel to and from countries depending on their status – green, amber or red. The reintroduction of the traffic light system has opened up the prospect of travel to a number of destinations, but it has also led to some confusion as to where and when UK travellers can travel this summer. Below, we have tried to answer some of the questions we have been receiving and to offer guidance on what is and isn’t permissible for British nationals looking to travel abroad in the coming months, based on the current advice from the UK foreign office.

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Captivating Kafue

Sarah, our central and southern Africa specialist, recently returned from a two week stay in Zambia, which she spent seeking out the best new lodges and game-viewing spots in Kafue National Park. Read on for her thoughts on this often-overlooked region of Africa.

Despite being the oldest and largest safari park in Zambia, Kafue remains unfamiliar territory to many safari-goers, often-overlooked in favour of the Luangwa and Lower Zambezi. This is a shame, for Kafue is a vast and beautiful park that is home to a wonderful diversity of wildlife, as I discovered on visiting the region for the first time last month. Continue reading Captivating Kafue

Botswana Fully Serviced Mobile Safari

Our Southern Africa specialist Sarah recently returned from a mobile camping safari to Botswana. Here’s what she saw:

With the annual rains due to arrive any time in December, the proposition of camping in the wet was not my idea of fun, but luck was on my side, the rains stayed away and I got to experience mobile camping with SGS safaris. Continue reading Botswana Fully Serviced Mobile Safari

Adventure Holiday in Oman

Memories of an Adventure Holiday in Oman

A guest blog by Rachel Clarke

I remember my adventure holiday in Oman very fondly. In brief I would describe Oman as a peaceful, unspoilt, friendly, intriguing  holiday destination – with plenty of sunshine and a good variety of culture, wildlife and landscapes to discover. I would highly recommend going there now, while it is still largely undiscovered. (Ssssh don’t tell everyone!) Continue reading Adventure Holiday in Oman

Client Feedback: Wonderful Tanzania photo journals

In the past month we’ve been lucky enough to receive two wonderful photo journals from clients who recently travelled with us to Tanzania. We thought we would share them with you.

Wild camping in the Serengeti
Josephine travelled to North Tanzania with her family and friends on one of our very special light mobile safaris. She was kind enough to share with us this wonderful account of her trip, full of her stunning photographs (that’s her cheetah at the top of the page!)

Solo adventure in remote Ruaha and the Selous
Janet explored the opposite end of Tanzania, visiting the southern parks of Selous and Ruaha while her husband climbed Kilimanjaro. Her account really highlights what makes Tanzania’s comparatively little-visited southern parks so special!

Many thanks to Janet and Josephine for their wonderful accounts and photos!

Client Feedback: stunning photos of Kafue NP and South Luangwa Valley in Zambia

Dr Michael Leary-Owhin recently visited the South Luangwa Valley and Kafue National Park in Zambia as part of a private photographic safari organised by Gane and Marshall. A keen photographer, Mike took some exceptional photos which he’s been kind enough to share with us, and which we in turn want to share with you. Continue reading Client Feedback: stunning photos of Kafue NP and South Luangwa Valley in Zambia

Great offers on Brown Bear and Polar Bear tours

Those in receipt of our newsletter will know that we’ve just cut the cost of our brown bear and polar bear tours to Finland and Canada this year by as much as £600 per person. You can now travel to Finland for a weekend bear-viewing tour for £595pp before flights, or track Polar Bears in Arctic Canada for only £2695pp. These great offers on our bear-viewing tours are only available for a select period.
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April Travel Offers – Great deals on African safaris and Arctic Cruises

Take advantage of today’s great exchange rates when booking your next holiday

The Pound is currently enjoying a very strong exchange rate against the US Dollar, Euro and Rand, reducing the cost of holidays to Africa, Asia, and the Polar regions. Coupled with regular offers from hotels and airlines, there has never been a better excuse to travel!

Below are some of our favourite travel offers, but if you have a particular destination or property in mind, please do contact us as there are more offers than we have space for. Please do also take a look at the special offers page of our website, which we update regularly with new travel offers.

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