Travel Updates: A Message from our President Kathleen WriterUPDATE: 06/08/2021
Travel Updates: A Message from our President
To our valued customers,
Great news on the horizon! Reopening is on the horizon in Ireland...and other European countries are also on the verge of re-opening if not already welcoming American visitors!
We are delighted to let you know that following the Irish Government Cabinet meeting, a road map has been agreed for reopening International Travel into Ireland.
From July 19th, Ireland will adopt the EU Digital Green Certificate which means that people that have been fully vaccinated will no longer have to quarantine or self-isolate on arrival into Ireland. This also applies to travellers from the United States of America.
Unvaccinated travelers, regardless of PCR testing will still be required to self-quarantine (for travel to Ireland) at this time once reopening begins.
Full details from the Department of Transports press release can be found here . Some countries remain on the Category 2 access restrictions list which can be accessed on the Department of Foreign Affairs website.
Note airlines and countries may require negative PCR testing with a minimum of 3-days prior to departing or returning. It is best to check with your airline / country of travel before you depart to ensure you are aware of all requirements.
For 2022, we are continually developing new adventures and offerings for you to choose from, to bring you the best of Ireland and beyond. We have made some small itinerary changes to our signature Ireland escorted tours, but know for 2022, ALL tours have been designated “small group” to give you confidence and peace of mind!
Reports as of May 18 note Ireland’s hotels and pubs will reopen in June with international travel resuming mid-to-late summer! Italy is also about to open up to American’s once again soon as well*. Other countries are open now (Greece & Croatia for example with either negative testing or vaccine protocol).
All airlines presently are requiring a negative COVID test before boarding, which will require a negative RT-PCR test here in the US and abroad.
Some Countries may also require those visiting to be vaccinated. Celtic Tours will provide the most up to date news on requirements with any documents we provide if you are traveling with us.
We will also be updating this page regularly in order to keep you informed on any news and/or changes for travel.
We are so very excited to see that things will be on the move again soon. We can’t wait to have you travel with us and we look forward to providing the best service as always!
For those booked and departing in 2021, we will continue to monitor what rules may affect your booking. Should your travel be affected by COVID restrictions, we will gladly accommodate a date change or provide a FULL LAND REFUNDS** to those affected.
We welcome you to reschedule your vacation into 2022 with no penalties*. If you want to wait until 2023, we will hold your deposit for a future date. Celtic Tours always fair and flexible!
Those still hoping to travel in 2021, we are taking bookings for the fall. Should any new 2021 bookings be affected by COVID, we will be just as fair and just a flexible. With Celtic Tours, you can always book with confidence.
If you have a booking with us for travel in 2021 and are concerned about traveling, give us a call. We will gladly discus your options. I have outlined our full policy below, but if you have questions, we are only a phone call away!
Celtic Tours is proudly entering its 49th year! We wish to continue offering you fantastic service and products that bring your client's vacations of a lifetime. We would not be here without the dedicated travel advisors' support throughout the United States and Canada.
We look forward to continuing this relationship into 2021 and beyond.
Regarding airfare: Flights are under airline rules and restrictions. We must follow their rules on all flight cancellations and re-bookings. Some airlines have restrictions on when re-bookings need to be completed and for what date.
Each airline is different. Please call and or email to determine what rules and regulations affect your current flight (if booked with Celtic Tours). Celtic Tours is not responsible for any booked airfare penalties that may apply to any booking.
Please feel free to reach out by phone (800-833-4373) or email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns or to find out the status of your booking. For general information requests, please send them to email@example.com.
We are preparing our 2022 brochure soon, but our tours are updated online here as well.
Our office hours are currently Monday – Thursday 9:00 am to 5:30 pm, and Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Our emergency phone is not available now, as no one is traveling. Once travel resumes, we will re-instate our emergency phone.
We are continually updating our website with new and tried and true tours for 2021 and into 2022. Please visit www.celtictours.com for new tours and updates. Thank you again! We appreciate you.