Gane & Marshall

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At Gane and Marshall we are working to offer maximum flexibility to our clients, whether you have an existing booking with us, or are beginning to make plans for a future holiday.

Current Travel Restrictions
As of 17th May, the UK government has 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. Countries included on the “green” list can be visited without the need to quarantine on your return home to the UK, whereas travellers arriving into the UK from red or amber list countries will be required to quarantine, either at home (if returning from an amber list country), or at a designated hotel (red list countries). The reintroduction of the traffic light system has opened up the prospect of travel to a small number of destinations, which we hope will grow in the coming months.

While it is no longer illegal to travel to countries not included on the green list, the difficulty of obtaining comprehensive travel insurance, the requirement to quarantine on your return home to the UK, and the fact that many countries on the amber and red list are currently being served by few airlines or else have their own restrictions on entry, mean that is in practice very difficult to plan for a holiday to all but a small number of destinations in the coming months. This is especially true for the long-haul destinations, including nearly all of Africa and South Asia, that we specialise in at Gane and Marshall.

Update (17th September): On Sept. 17th, the UK government announced that the three-tier traffic light system would be replaced with a simplified two-tier system, consisting of green and red list countries only, effectively scrapping the amber category. This change is scheduled to come into place on Oct 4th, and our understanding is that most if not all countries currently on the amber list will be migrated to the green list at that time. The UK government also announced a change of status for a number of red list destinations, including G&M specialties Kenya, Oman, and Sri Lanka.

This partial relaxation of the rules around travel opens up a number of new destinations for travellers looking to get away this winter. There are still complications involved in travel to many green/amber list countries, as most countries have in place their own restrictions on entry, but there are now a number of viable destinations for travel in the coming months for travellers keen to get away. If you’d like to plan a holiday for this winter or early 2022, please don’t hesitate to contact our team on 01822 600 600 and we will be delighted to help you plan your next escape, taking account of the latest travel regulations from the UK government.

Making a booking for late 2021 or 2022
During this period of lockdown, many of us are no doubt looking ahead to a future when we can travel again freely. While some travellers have already begun making holiday plans for 2021 and beyond, others will be waiting until the outlook is more certain.

To help mitigate the risk for you of planning your holiday, we are currently working to waive or to greatly reduce deposit requirements for holidays booked through us until the present restrictions on travel are lifted. Most service providers in the tourism industry - hotels, safari camps, ground handlers - are relaxing their terms & conditions in light of the current crisis, including their deposit requirements. So too are we at Gane and Marshall. This makes it possible for us to help you plan a holiday and to secure reservations with only a very limited deposit, and for some bookings, no deposit requirement at all. This policy will be implemented on a booking-by-booking basis, and there are some services which we cannot currently book without a larger deposit requirement (e.g. permits for gorilla safaris), but for the vast majority of holidays booked through us in the coming months, we expect to greatly reduce our standard deposit requirement. As the situation becomes clearer and your proposed travel dates are likely to be viable, we shall then invoice you for a standard deposit payment.

This policy extends to international flights. Gane and Marshall is ATOL-bonded, and for most international airlines we can provisionally book flight reservations without charge to you. Again, a deposit or full payment for flights will only be due 8 weeks before travel start date and only when we are confident that the relevant flights will operate. In the meantime, you will not be committed in the event that your travel plans change.

So please do contact us to discuss your holiday plans for 2021 through 2022. Our travel team will be delighted to help you plan your next journey!