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Update for Saga Holidays and River Cruise customers

As of October 4, the UK Government has simplified the traffic light system, removing the amber list. There is now a red list and the rest of the world.

We know you're looking forward to getting back to travelling again, but we also know you may have questions and what travel will look like over the next few months. Below we answer some of the key concerns you may have.

Please note: this information applies to Saga Holidays and River Cruises only. For information relating to Saga Cruises, please visit our return to service page.

The government will place countries into different categories depending on various considerations related to COVID-19. We suggest that you check the latest government information for the UK and your destination prior to departure.

Please note we will not operate your holiday if your destination is on the red list.

Measure Rest of the World Red Country
Take a test before you depart the UK It is possible a test will be required but which type of test will be destination specific. We will contact you nearer departure to confirm which test you need to take and where you can purchase them. It is possible a test will be required but which type of test will be destination specific. We will contact you nearer departure to confirm which test you need to take and where you can purchase them.
Take a test before your journey back to the UK This is no longer required. This is no longer required.
Complete a Passenger Locator Form Yes, and must be completed within 48 hours prior to your return to the UK. Yes, and must be completed within 48 hours prior to your return to the UK.
Take a PCR test after you get home As of October 24, this has been replaced by a lateral flow test Yes, two tests – one on day two and one on day eight after your return.
Self-isolation period No n/a
Quarantine in a hotel on return to UK No Yes, 10 days

Should your holiday change to a destination designated a red country, we will of course cancel your departure and offer you the chance to amend or take a full refund.

If you are on holiday and your destination changes to red, we will repatriate you back to the UK ahead of the change coming into effect.

The requirements for proving you have been vaccinated do differ by destination. We will ensure that you are provided with the correct information for your chosen destination ahead of your holiday.

If your holiday cannot go ahead due to a local lockdown or change in Government advice, we will be happy to amend your holiday to a later date with no amendment fees.

Requirements differ depending on the country your visiting but most will now ask for proof of vaccination status. This can be shown on the NHS app or with a written copy requested from the NHS.