Dear Fellow Motorhomer,
January and the start of the year sees much hope for better travel conditions in 2021 compared to 2020. The vaccine programme is having a strong roll out and with it comes the real anticipation that it will lead to more normal conditions for all aspects of life, including future travel. Whilst this can’t come quick enough for most, the exact timing of when this will be reached remains a little unknown at this stage.
At GB Motorhome Tours we continue to operate in a very flexible way, so we are well positioned to adapt to changing circumstances. Whilst we remain hopeful to offer all 2021 tours as planned, some of the early Spring tours may be just too early to benefit from a completed vaccine programme and could require some changes, time will give us the answer to this. In all situations, customers with tour bookings will be kept updated prior to any balance payments becoming due and thereafter, as the time gets closer to the tours start date. Like in 2020, GB Motorhome Tours will be looking to provide as many options as possible to all those with tour bookings. If your planned tour cannot proceed, wherever possible alternative tours will be offered covering a similar time period. Some of these could be in ‘closer to home’ destinations when these are offering a safe and sensible alternative. Should continental travel remain challenging at any stage in 2021, GB Motorhome Tours have trips covering Ireland and Scotland fully researched and ready to go. These can be made available at short notice and can also be arranged fully socially distanced should this be a requirement.
On all tour bookings, customers money remains secured in a dedicated trust account and continues to be fully protected throughout. In any instance of GB Motorhome Tours cancelling a tour (Covid-19 included) all customers money paid directly for that tour becomes fully refundable or transferable to an alternative tour, the choice is yours to make at the time.
GB Motorhome Tours remains confident that throughout this year a good number of tours will be completed for those who choose to travel in 2021. Hopefully many of these will be as planned, but where this is not possible, then to alternative destinations.
With an expectation that plenty of touring in 2021 will take place, over the next few months within our newsletters, various aspects of travel post Brexit will be covered. This will cover items that need (or are advised) to be considered prior to undertaking continental travel going forward. The UK-EU Brexit deal has kept many things simpler for future continental travel rather than would have been in a no deal scenario, however there are items that will be different from here on. This month we look at the European Health Insurance Card, well known by many as the EHIC. It is good news this has been included in the Brexit agreement and is being continued with, albeit under the new name of GHIC (Global Health Insurance Card) from the UK governments side. Thankfully, it is only the name that is changing, the scheme itself remains as comprehensive as previously, where importantly it covers any emergency medical treatment required whilst in EU member countries. If you already have an EHIC (plastic credit card size) these remain valid until the expiry date, when they will upon application, be replaced with a GHIC. To apply for a GHIC, if you don’t have an existing EHIC or it has expired, click on the link below.
The fact the scheme also covers pre-existing medical conditions is a strong reason to carry the card with you on all continental tours. Whilst personal travel insurance remains strongly advised to cover many things the scheme does not address, the GHIC/EHIC scheme will supplement your travel insurance. Importantly it will cover all emergency medical needs, including in the event of your travel insurance refusing a claim for treatment. Start planning for your future travel, apply for your card now in preparation for your next trip.
Despite the lockdown, GB Motorhome Tours continues to work as normal with everyone working from home. So feel free to contact us with anything you would like to ask, we always aim to respond to enquiries either the same or next working day.
Take good care of yourselves and we hope to be travelling with you soon.
Nurcan & Kevin, Sue & Ron, Liz & Dave, Cheryl & John