At American Holidays, the wellbeing and safety of our customers is our highest priority and while the world changes daily we aim to keep all our customers up to date with accurate travel information.
We base our responses on advice from the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) supplemented with information from World Health Organisation (WHO), the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA), as well as local knowledge from our robust team of Ground Operators.
The FCDO offer information on travel to all countries throughout the world, including personal safety, local laws and customs, important entry requirements and visa information as well as updates on natural disasters, political situations, public health alerts and what to do if something does go wrong.
Before you depart
• Check you have all your valid documentation; passports, entry visas and booking documentation.
• We strongly advise you have appropriate travel insurance in place before travelling.
• Read up local laws and customs of the country you are visiting and understand how they differ from home, especially if you plan on driving while on holiday.
• Research vaccinations or any other medical requirements for your destination, and if necessary, visit a travel health clinic before you travel.
• Act responsibly and be responsible for yourself when abroad.
• Tell your family or friends about your travel plans so they know where you are going and when. Ensure they have your contact details, you have theirs and stay in touch. Save the contact details of the local Consulate to your phone/devices in case of emergencies.
For the latest official local government advice on travel please click here
Travel and Covid 19
The long awaited news on where we can start travelling to again has been updated. As our favourite destinations begin welcoming back visitors we’ve gathered all the safe travel requirements you’ll need to know for your arrival and return.
As the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic continues to have an affect on travel, especially regarding safety while overseas and entry requirements we continue to closely monitor the situation and we will keep this page updated to give you the latest information.
We have introduced a number of ways to give you added flexibility, protection and peace of mind so you can book and travel with confidence with us. Click here for more information on our Book With Confidence Promise
If your holiday with us is affected by travel restrictions we will contact you to offer advice, the latest information and options available to move, change or cancel your booking.
If you are on holiday and government advice changes we will contact you with the latest information.
If you or one of your party is unable to travel due to Covid-19 please contact us. You may need to delay your travel if symptoms develop or a pre-departure test result is positive until they have recovered from COVID-19.
Rest assured, your Personal Travel Planner will call you around 14 days before your holiday to discuss the most up to date requirements specific to your holiday destination. In addition, this information will be clearly highlighted on your departure documents stating the time in which a test may/must be conducted before you travel and any requirements for children as well as adults.
Travel to the USA
In addition to ESTA and visas requirements, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travellers to the United States may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of proof of vaccination or proof of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Passengers must be tested with a viral test that could be either an antigen or PCR test. Children can enter the US with a PCR or antigen test.
What information must be included on the test result?
A test result must be in the form of written documentation (paper or electronic copy). The documentation must include:
• Type of test (PCR or antigen test)
• Entity issuing the result
• Specimen collection date. A negative test result must show the specimen was collected within the 3 days before the flight. A positive test result for documentation of recovery from COVID-19 must show the specimen was collected within the 3 months before the flight.
• Information that identifies the person (full name plus at least one other identifier such as date of birth or passport number)
• Test Result
Returning to Northern Ireland/United Kingdom from North America
Northern Ireland, Scotland & Wales:
• 72 hours prior to travel you will be required to have a covid test completed in resort. This can be a PCR or Antigen test but must come with a certificate. This requirement is for all passengers aged 11 and above.
• If you are fully vaccinated, you will need to ensure you have a specific “Day 2 PCR test” booked prior to travelling as you will be required to put the reference number on your passenger locator form prior to returning home.
• If you are aged 18 and above and not fully vaccinated (at least 14 days or more prior to your return), you will need to have a “Day 2 & Day 8” PCR test booked. You will also be required to self-isolate for 10days upon your return.
• Children aged 5 and above will follow the testing requirements once home of their accompanying adults.
• If you are aged 18 and above and fully vaccinated, you will only be required to have a “Day 2 “ test pre booked prior to travelling home.
• If you are aged 18 and above and not fully vaccinated, you must follow the below requirements:
• Have a Covid PCR or Antigen test completed 72 hours prior to travelling.
• Ensure you have a “Day 2 & Day 8” test pre booked for your return.
• Self-isolate for 10 days (this can be reduced by purchasing an additional “Day 5 Test To Release” Covid PCR test.
• All children aged 11 and above are required to complete the “Day 2 PCR test” upon return.
Travel to Canada/Mexico/The Caribbean
If you are travelling to any of the above destinations, please contact your travel planner who will update you on the relevant requirements.
Covid-19 PCR Testing
COVID-19 testing is becoming a norm in the world of travel with many destinations requiring a negative PCR tests and vaccine status confirmed pre travel for entry for unvaccinated travellers.
Whoever you chose to provide your required tests, please ensure you verify with your chosen supplier (whether the below or otherwise) the test will satisfy the requirements for the destination you are travelling to and that the supplier can comply with strict timescales you may have to adhere to. American Holidays cannot be held responsible for any third party suppliers’ delay or otherwise failure to provide a suitable test result.
If you are travelling from the UK or Northern Ireland, please contact us and we can advise you on our preferred testing partners .
We recommend you sign up to the latest travel alerts relevant to the destination you are travelling to your holiday for updates. For more information on the destination you are travelling you can talk to our Trusted Advisors or visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.
If you have a booking and want to get in touch please call Dublin 01 673 3800 or Belfast 028 90 511800. Lines are open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9.15am to 6pm and Wednesday and Saturday from 10am to 6 pm.