Coronavirus Travel Advice
Update on April 3rd
The general situation
The Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO) advises against all but essential international travel which takes place immediately and applies initially for a period of 30 days, from March 17th.
The Coronavirus situation is having a huge impact on holidays and we understand that you may have questions about any cancelled ski holiday or upcoming summer holidays. We want to reassure you that we’re working hard to help our customers and our advice is always guided by the FCO and ABTA, with whom we are working very closely.
Are Alpine and Ocean Elements summer 2020 holidays still running?
All our summer holidays are planned to run as normal and so our normal booking terms will apply to cancellations and amendments.
There will only be a change to this, if the FCO advises all but non essential travel, or if local authorities place too many restrictions which mean that your holiday cannot run at the same level of enjoyment for our guests.
The travel ban currently in existence in Greece and France is for a 30 day period (from the March 17th). If there is a change to this, we will inform anyone that has booked with us immediately, to discuss options.
Can I book a new holiday for a date in the future?
Yes of course! If you would like to plan your next holiday for later in 2020 or 2021, we are happy to help. You can book with confidence, your money will be financially protected - even if the situation changes in the coming weeks.
I haven’t yet paid the balance of my summer holiday. Can I wait and see what happens?
We ask you to settle the balance payment for your holiday (by the due date detailed on your Confirmation Invoice). You can do this, safe in the knowledge that your monies are fully protected by ABTA and the CAA, via our ATOL license.
Should I cancel my summer holiday?
All our holidays for summer 2020 are due to go ahead as planned. If there are no FCO restrictions preventing you from travelling, then there should be no reason to cancel. We really hope you continue to holiday with Alpine Elements and Ocean Elements, but please note that our standard booking terms and conditions apply to any amendments or cancellations. This policy is being reviewed and updated regularly.
What will happen if my summer holiday is affected?
You should check the FCO travel advice for the country you are travelling to. Should their travel advice change to advise against travelling to your destination and your holiday is affected, we will contact you to discuss your options.
Should I be concerned about booking a holiday?
We can understand that the situation is causing some concerns, but we would never operate a holiday to a destination which is unsafe to do so, and if any travel restrictions come into force then we will contact you as soon as we know to discuss your options.
If you would like to contact us
We are experiencing an extremely busy time at present. If you would like to contact us to apply for a Voucher and change your holiday please email email@example.com and we will respond within 48 hours.
Traveling by public transport (air and bus)
If you are travelling by public transport, including by air or transfer bus from the airport to your resort: we would advise that you strenuously follow the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) recommendations, such as: regular hand washing, not touching your nose, mouth and face, covering your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, and avoiding close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.
What shall I do if I am displaying symptoms
Before you depart: Please check if any of your group are displaying symptoms, or if they suspect they may have been in contact with an affected person. In either case, they must seek immediate medical advice to check whether they can travel; and speak to their travel insurance company.
In resort: If you start to display symptoms in resort, please contact your resort rep, chalet host or hotel rep immediately and confine yourself to your bedroom
What Happens if I Decide to Cancel My Trip?
If you decide not to travel and choose to cancel your holiday then our usual cancellation terms apply. We advise that you contact your travel insurance provider in advance to check your terms for cancellation.
Will I be covered by my travel insurance if I decide to cancel?
Usually, your travel insurance will only cover you if your trip was planned for an area the FCO has now specifically advised against travelling to. However, we would advise you check with your travel insurance provider as there may be exceptions for other instances, such as if you are concerned about a serious underlying medical condition.
Should I book holiday insurance?
According to personal finance expert Martin Lewis, if you currently have a holiday booked for any destination, you should get insurance as soon as possible because the situation at your destination could quickly change.
Should the FCO change its advice and warn against travel to a new area you should be covered if your insurance is taken out before the advice changes, but should you try to take out insurance after the fact you will not get it.
What’s happening at the airports when I arrive?
Some airports have introduced measures to help contain Coronavirus. Please visit the Geneva or Grenoble airport website to check on any specific measures that have been introduced.
What happens if travel advice changes while I am on holiday?
We will respond accordingly to any advice by the FCO (or foreign government agencies) and we will communicate these changes to you. Do send your email address to firstname.lastname@example.org with details of your departure date; resort and chalet or hotel. Or sign up to our newsletter so that we have your contact details in place.
Help us to stay in touch with you
If you are travelling with us we like to keep you updated with news as it develops, however we can only send advice and information to group leaders and newsletter database members for whom we have an email address.
To join our database do send your email address to email@example.com or sign up to receive our standard Alpine Elements newsletters which may be used to convey travel advice and information (in a more urgent situation) as well as our standard resort company news and promotions. You may unsubscribe at a later date.
Worried about the destination?
Greece has certainly been in the news, but thankfully the dust has settled and even the few affected areas (which are 100’s of miles from our Beach Clubs) are now cleaned up and free of any trouble.
The islands and areas upon which we operate are many hundreds of miles away from any of the affected areas and situated the other side of Greece, or a very long way from Turkey.
Euros and exchange rate
The currency may be at an annual low but it’s still pretty respectable at £1 to €1.29, and do remember that our holiday packages include almost all that you need, so the most cash you should need to bring to resort will be for lunch, evening drinks and meals (Vassiliki only, other Clubs are half board).
Having said all this, don’t forget that the currency is still a comparably good rate of exchange and almost where it was two summers ago. In fact, the reality is that a €10 meal may now cost you 45 pence more than when the exchange rate was at its 8 year high last August. (£1 to €1.40)… Or 25 pence more than the year before.
Why book now?
Come and join in the fun this summer but do make use of our low prices and offers while they are still available. The industry is predicting a surge in bookings as those of whom have waited to book will rush to buy their summer holidays in late May/June.
With so many Tour Ops having left Turkey, Greece will be a very in-demand destination this summer with fewer Beach Club holiday venues like us available at all this summer. If you have any queries please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call our UK office on 0844 770 40 70.
Also check the ABTA website for regular updates.