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We've always had flexible booking conditions, and in these unprecedented times we've gone one step further with our COVID-19 refund promise. Read on to find out more (please note, Polar voyages have different terms)*
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We'll offer you a refund if your trip is cancelled.

As highlighted by consumer champion Which? we're one of few adventure travel companies who've offered refunds throughout the coronavirus crisis on suspended trips.




Cash refund if you’re required to self-isolate prior to travel due to a positive COVID-19 test or trace alert (such as the NHS track and trace) and are therefore unable to travel.

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It is a requirement on our trips that all travellers are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, or proof of a negative test within 72 hours.

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Transfer your trip free of charge up to 10 days before departure.

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While Explore feels like a small business, we’re actually part of a much bigger co-operative family. 


* Flexible terms apply to all trips apart from Polar Voyages which have different terms.


Our recommended travel insurance provider, Campbell Irvine, now also offers cover for COVID-19 for UK residents.

If you’re diagnosed with Coronavirus whilst travelling overseas with this policy, all necessary medical emergency and associated expenses will be covered. Unlike many other policies, you’ll also be covered if you have to cancel your holiday if you are diagnosed with COVID-19 or if you have to quarantine by order of government or public authority (e.g. NHS England’s Test and Trace) based on their suspicion that you or your travelling companion, specifically have been exposed to COVID-19.
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Booking FAQs

What happens if I can no longer travel?

We want  to be as clear and as honest as possible about what happens if you decide to that you no longer wish to travel on your trip. Our booking conditions have details of the costs you’ll incur when you cancel - these charges depend on how long it is before your planned departure.

In the case of a UK government-imposed national or local lockdown, we will cancel the trip and you will be offered a full refund or transfer of the full holiday value to another trip or departure date. 

You need to confirm your eligibility to travel before paying your Final Balance. Cancellations after this point may incur cancellation fees unless we are unable to operate the trip.

How will England’s system for international travel affect my trip?

Unless your destination is on the red list, we will plan to operate your trip as planned. See Q&A below. 

We review all trips at 60 days prior to departure. If your destination is on the Red list at 60 days prior to departure, we will cancel your trip and you will have the choice to transfer your booking, receive a credit voucher or get a full refund.

Please make sure you understand the requirements for returning to Wales, Scotland and Ireland as they can differ from England.

If you have any queries that aren't addressed, please contact our Customer Service team who will be happy to help. 
Will my Explore trip run as planned? Yes – depending on the rules in the host destination and FCDO advice, and subject to minimum numbers.
What are the requirements for my destination? It is likely that a PCR or lateral flow test prior to travel will be required.

Please check the specific entry requirements for your destination.
What are the requirements for returning to the UK? Travellers will be required to: 
  • Complete an online passenger locator form within 48 hours of return to England
  • From Tuesday 30 November 2021 you must take a PCR test on or before your 2nd day after arrival in England and self-isolate until you receive a negative result.  
  • You must be fully vaccinated when returning to avoid 10 day home quarantine. See below.
NB additional tests may also be required pre-travel depending on the requirements of the destination country.
What if I am currently booked on a trip to a Green country but will not be fully vaccinated in time to travel? It is your responsibility to ensure you are eligible to travel which may include being fully vaccinated. Please check the Department of Transport website for the latest rules on UK entry requirements
Do I need to quarantine on return? No, unless you test positive in a Covid test or have not been fully vaccinated.
If my destination changes colour before I travel, can I get a refund? If your destination changes to Red within 35 days of departure, your trip will not operate and you'll have the choice to transfer your booking, receive credit voucher or get a full refund. 
If my destination changes colour while I’m away, what will happen? If your destination changes to Red while you’re travelling, you will need to pay for hotel quarantine on your return. If you wish to return earlier than planned we are happy to assist but there will be costs incurred. 

Can I change my trip? 

If you decide to transfer to another trip or date, rather than cancel, we can arrange that for you or issue a credit voucher for any monies paid, minus any irrecoverable costs, so you can decide the details later. Again, exact details are in our booking conditions.
When choosing to take a credit note or to transfer to another departure it is important to be aware that there are two kinds of cost which we may have incurred on your behalf. Those that form part of your deposit, which we refer to as ‘non-refundable deposits’ and costs that we incur closer to your departure date, known as ‘non-recoverable costs’. When you first make your booking, we may need to commit to certain services straight away to secure your trip. These might include paying for flights that need to be booked and paid for up-front, permits for activities (such as gorilla permits in Uganda or Inca Trail passes) or even costs to confirm specific accommodation at peak times. All of these costs will be outlined to you when you book, and will form part of your non-refundable deposit.
Closer to your departure, once you’ve paid your final balance, we’ll cover a number of other costs that we’re contracted to pay suppliers in anticipation of your arrival, the non-recoverable costs. Again, these can  include flights and rail fares, accommodation and permits. Should you no longer wish or be able to travel, there’ll be a sliding scale of how much we have already committed to and paid for. So the amount charged will depend on how close to departure you change your holiday. As a general rule, the nearer to departure the more we will have committed to, and so the less you will receive as a credit voucher.

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