Our Commitment To You
With the way we travel changing due to Covid-19, many of us share a mixture of feelings surrounding the realities of going on holiday once again. At American Holidays, we are committed to working with trusted partners and making sure that their hotels meet our standards to give you the peace of mind that you can holiday safely.
Book With Confidence
In these extraordinary times, we want to reassure you that if you need to change your holiday plans, we are here to support you.
Book today and take advantage of our Book with Confidence promise, giving you free amendments (up to 3 free amends) and free cancellation up to 10 weeks before departure, should you need to make any changes.
*Book with Confidence is valid on all bookings from 05 October – 30 November 2020 (excludes cruise bookings). Free cancellations up to 10 weeks before departure exclude any non-refundable costs (e.g. the cost of flight services operated by “low-cost” airlines). Full terms and conditions apply and can be found on our booking terms page.
We highly recommend that you familiarise yourself with the travel advice provided by government bodies and sign up to the latest travel alerts relevant to the destination you are travelling to on your holiday. Here you will be able to gather specific information and requirements you may need to follow around local COVID-19 legislation.
For more information, you may find the below links useful:
To read more about Coronavirus:
World Health Organisation (WHO)
Is It safe to travel on an aeroplane?
There is a lot of apprehension surrounding aeroplanes and airports at the moment, and specialists suggest that much of this concern might be misplaced, especially if you take some basic precautions.
According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), “The air supplied to the aircraft cabin is either fresh or is filtered through filters of the same efficacy (99.97% or better) in removing viruses as those used in surgical operating rooms.”
To help protect yourself, infectious disease specialists recommend taking some basic precautions, including washing your hands, disinfecting surfaces (like your seat back pocket, tray table, and the restroom door handle).
Am I required to wear a face covering at all times?
If you are likely to be in enclosed spaces where social distancing is not possible and you may come into close contact with people who you don’t normally meet, then a precautionary face covering is advised to protect each other and reduce the risk of spreading disease, Check the Department of Foreign Affairs and Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) for foreign travel advice.
How will check-in and boarding be different at Irish and UK airports
There will be a number of measures in place to reduce face-to-face contact and maintain social distancing, such as:
Where possible, check in online and check in baggage to the aircraft hold to minimise any hand baggage. This will speed up boarding and disembarking and minimise the risk of transmission. Follow the public health guidance for public and private transport during your journey to the airport.
Enter the airport alone
Unless you are flying with members of your household, enter the airport on your own. Non-passengers should only enter the airport where needed. For example, accompanying or picking up a passenger requiring assistance, such as a disabled person or an unaccompanied child.
Wear a protective face covering
It is likely you will be required to wear a face covering in the airport. We strongly advise you check with the airport and airline before you travel.
Treat staff and other passengers with respect. Change in procedures can be frustrating and while our normal transit through airports may take longer it is for our own safety.
Follow airport and airline instructions
Staff may give you instructions to follow, such as:
– where to sit
– how to queue at check-in, security or when boarding the aircraft
– instructions on screens, barriers or floor markings
– requests to move to less busy areas
– social distancing measures in departure and arrival terminals
Can I take hand luggage with me on the flight?
To speed up boarding and disembarking and to minimise the risk of transmission, you are strongly encouraged to check in all baggage to the aircraft hold and minimise any hand luggage. Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information
What can I expect on board my flight?
Passengers may be asked to wear a face covering on board the aircraft. During your flight, you may be asked to follow certain instructions from the flight staff and where possible:
– remain seated as much as possible
– use contactless payment where possible
– be aware there is likely to be a reduced food and drink service
– make the cabin crew aware if you feel unwell
Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information.
What happens when I arrive at my destination airport?
Each airport may have a different process but be aware that you may:
– encounter enhanced screening/monitoring at entry and exit ports
– be required to self-isolate for a set period, even if you do not have symptoms
– be asked to give proof of recent COVID-19 testing for entry
Before you travel, check the Department of Foreign Affairs or Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) foreign travel advice; (see the summary, health and entry requirements sections).
In addition to the local airport protocols there may also be specific accommodation protocols. If you have any questions please do not hesitate contact us.
Will I have to self quarantine on my return?
We are continually monitoring the mandatory quarantine rules issued by the ROI and UK/NI Government. This rule does not affect the delivery of your holiday.
Do I need extra insurance?
Travel insurance is essential and must cover medical evacuation and repatriation in the event that you become unwell and have to be transported home. Even with good travel insurance, you will need to follow the guidance of local public health authorities at all times, including self-isolating if you develop symptoms, this means your return travel home might be delayed.
We also recommend that you contact your travel insurance providers to confirm that related COVID-19 incidents are covered on your policy.
Will all accommodation facilities be open at my hotel?
Each individual accommodation will have their own protocols in place for the facilities on offer. For more details, please contact us.
What if I feel unwell whilst I am away?
If you are unwell with any of the following: a high temperature, new continuous cough or a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia), you should self-isolate and follow the public health stay at home guidance.
– Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people, as you would with the flu.
– Call your health provider and/or insurance company to discuss what you should do.
– Follow local public health guidance if available.
– If you become unwell at an airport, bus or train station before or during a long trip, seek medical advice and do not start or continue your journey.
– Once you have fully recovered, check with your health provider if you are fit to travel, before any onward travel.