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Coronavirus Policy Swedish Lapland

A Northern Lights holiday is one of the most thrilling travel experiences imaginable and as we face COVID 19 many of you will be wondering what travel may be like to Swedish Lapland.

The sparse population and wilderness nature of what is one of the last great wilderness areas in Western Europe makes ‘social distancing’ the norm and as such the destination has only superficially been affected by COVID 19.

Sweden did take a different path in the face of Coronavirus  and kept everything open and running. This has led to scrutiny from abroad but in relative terms Sweden has managed the crisis comparatively well compared to the UK. Even though we have seen a spike in Sweden, as is the case in every major western European country, the economy has remained open. 

Everything in Swedish Lapland happens on a relatively small scale. Cabins are private, lodges and hotels are small and your experiences are outdoors which is an environment where there is negligible risk of catching COVID 19.

However there is a quarantine requirement of 14 days upon your return from Sweden and until December 2nde 2020 there is a restriction on who can travel to Sweden. It is currently limited to business and emergency travel only.

No travel at the moment is without risk but to help you decide whether you wish to book a holiday with the level of uncertainty that is present we have endeavored to offer as much flexibility as possible into the booking process.

Reducing the Risk to you when making a booking

To give you peace of mind for new bookings from November  2020 we have updated our terms and conditions to give you more flexibility and to book with a smaller deposit amount.

  1.  Booking Deposit is  reduced to 15%  (normally 50%) for December 2021 – March 2022 bookings. Book now for next winter and lock in the  cost of your chosen holiday.  That way you can sit back and know you have an amazing holiday to look forward to, but at a time that you may feel a lot more comfortable about travelling.
  2. Until the second payment you can change your holiday date at no cost* if health concerns are resulting in lockdown or entry quarantine by local authorities in the end destination you are visiting, or official lockdown in your home region.
  3. Until 7 days before you can change the ground arrangements date at no cost* if health concerns are resulting in lockdown or entry quarantine by local authorities in the end destination you are visiting, or official lockdown in your home region.
    We may be able to move your flights to a new date depending on the airline policy, and there may be an airfare cost difference. If your flight is cancelled the value will be carried forward to the new date. If your flight departs then there will be a lost cost that will be determined at the time, and that would be the only cost of delaying a trip.
  4. You can change the booking to a new person  if you are not able to go on your trip as you have Covid or have to self isolate. The   change fee of £60 per person. (This change fee is charged by the airline and we would not charge any admin costs)
  5. Recommended Travel Insurance Company that covers many of the risks associated with Covid affecting your trip – such as being diagnosed with Covid, or being put in quarantine by Track and Trace. Campbell Irvine on 0207 938 1734. Weekend a La Carte is a introducer appointed representative of Campbell Irvine Ltd who are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

*Please note with all postponements due to Covid we would move your holiday to agreed new dates within 12 months of your original departure date, provided the cost period is equivalent. (So you can’t change from March to New Year for example). Please note if you change your travel date for any other reason then our normal terms and conditions apply.

We Step in and help you if you have problems abroad

We track all of your flights and will know about any issues before you do which enables us to help you. We had lovely feedback about how we helped people who were traveling when the Coronavirus struck and as borders were being shut down, as we re-arranged their itineraries so that they could still fulfill their holiday dreams and get home safely. We are very proud that none of our clients got stuck abroad. Here are just 3 of the lovely feedbacks we received from people affected.

Flying to Sweden

The airports have put in new procedures to ensure multiple daily sterilisation procedures of all areas with specific focus on high touch areas such as trolleys, check ins, bathrooms, doorknobs and handrails to mention a few.

SAS have put into place procedures to keep you safe from infection. It is worth noting that on a flight air is replaced every 2-3 minutes as it passes through a series of filters 20-30 times per hour. The HEPA filters on board mean the air on board is better than in an office environment. The following surfaces are specifically disinfected before you board: screens, seat belts and buckles, tray tables, arm rests and window shades, light switches and air circulation controls, head rests, overhead lockers, as well of course as the restrooms. You will need to wear Masks at the airport and on the flight. The crew will also be wearing masks and you will be asked to take your seat immediately and not to move around during the flight. Only ONE piece of hand luggage is allowed and this must fit under your seat. The cabin lockers are not being used to reduce contact points. If it does not fit in then it will need to be checked in (at no extra cost). No Food or drinks will be served on board the flight

Once in Sweden

All of our suppliers have put into place new hygiene procedures to ensure regular antibacterial cleansing is done in between tours and transfers. New hand sanitizing stations are being introduced where necessary and as in the UK, everyone is frequently washing their hands. In hotels sanitizing of high touch areas has been increased, and tables, chairs and menus are sanitized in-between sittings.

Whilst social distancing measures have never really been necessary in Swedish Lapland as the incidence of Covid 19 was so low the locals understand that you are used to social distancing and so will keep their distance.

 

 

 

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