Travel Hub

Exodus Travel Hub

Your pre-travel checklist

Welcome to the Exodus Travel Hub, where you’ll find everything you need to know about traveling internationally, all in one place. We’ve gathered the official sources on entry and exit requirements, testing, and other essential information, giving you the latest travel guidance so you can make an informed choice on your next adventure.

We strive to always do right by our customers, and we are proud that Which? named Exodus Travels as a recommended provider again this year for the 5th year running, giving us a score of 5/5 for customer service. We’re also rated Excellent by our customers on Trustpilot and our team is always available to assist with any questions you may have. 

Advice on accessing COVID testing for travel

Providing a negative COVID test will be a common requirement for entering a country for some time. Accessing the appropriate private test for travel is now easy in many countries. If, from the above information it is clear a test if required, we ask you to choose your test provider in good time. We have put together a Testing Guide for UK Based Travellers, to give you all the information you need in one place.

Following the recent announcement by the UK government regarding changes to entry requirements for individuals arriving in the UK, there are currently two versions of this document. Please select the relevant link below based on your date of return to the UK.

This guide also includes information on getting tests in the UK, should these be required. The full list of testing providers approved by the UK government can be found here; to help you choose we have provided details for 4 large and well-known providers whose service we believe will meet your needs, and included their details within the guide.

We update this document regularly so please do check back for the latest information before you depart for your adventure.

Country-specific guidance.

For travel to certain countries, we have prepared step-by-step guides to navigate the travel restrictions which you can view here.

Four Steps Back to Travel

We’ve made it easy for you to find up-to-the-minute travel advice from official sources, so you can decide in minutes where your next adventure will take you. If you’re traveling soon, please check this page before you depart for the latest advice on testing, entry and exit requirements. Should you need a test on your return we’ve built in time for this on group trips. Find out more about your stress-free travel experience and our book with confidence promise.

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YOUR GOVERNMENT’S RESTRICTIONS & ADVICE

Check the latest travel restrictions and travel advice from your resident country’s government sources

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Step 2

DESTINATION ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Check the latest entry requirements for your destination

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Step 3

COVID-CLEAR GROUPS

Find out more about how our ‘COVID-Clear’ groups policy works, and what you need to know before you go.

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Step 4

RETURNING HOME

Find out what you’ll need to do before you return back to your home country.

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1. Your Government's Advice

First and foremost, you must follow any restrictions on non-essential travel imposed by your home government.

UK general COVID restrictions summary

If you are permitted to travel, you should ensure you understand any risks of travel to your destination by reading the travel advice from your home government, and make your own choice to travel or not.

FCDO Travel Advice

Exodus will normally only operate to a country where there are no UK FCDO travel advice warnings (i.e. no advice against non-essential travel).

The UK government has also provided this guidance for international travel including the latest Coronavirus Restrictions.

 

2. Destination Entry Requirements

Check the entry requirements for your destination of choice from your country of departure. For example, you may require proof of vaccine or a negative COVID test. Your nationality may also be taken into account when entering a country so ensure you confirm what arrival forms need to complete before travel, if any. Exodus will not normally operate to a country that requires UK customers to quarantine on arrival.

For a quick and easy guide to the latest travel advice by departure and destination country, as well as by nationality, we recommend using the CIBT entry guide below:

 

And Our team of travel experts can help with any questions you may have, please contact us for more information.

For open destinations we have provided a more detailed guidance, please see links below.

 

3. COVID-Clear Groups

For extra peace of mind, Exodus requires all those travelling on group holidays to have had a vaccine or negative COVID test – known as ‘COVID-Clear’ status. Please ensure that you understand this policy and can comply with it before you travel with us. All customers will need to have one of the following in place prior to travel:

1. Be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with the last dose having been administered no less than two weeks prior to travel.  The total number of doses must have been given, as required by the vaccine manufacturer (in most cases this is two doses). 

  • The NHS app (if you have signed up and are verified) now shows your vaccination status under ‘Your COVID-19 status’ and is displayed as a QR code, or available as a pdf.
  • Vaccination cards which show your name and date of vaccine are sufficient for our internal verification
  • In Scotland, vaccination cards are not being provided, so a letter confirming the appointment is acceptable.

2.  A negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of travel

  • The certificate provided by your private testing provider.

3. Proof of recent recovery from COVID

  • A positive test result, followed by a negative test result no more than 180 days before the date of travel.
  • Or a GP letter or hospital discharge summary showing the above.

 

If you are travelling: to a country where one of these is an entry requirement, you do not need to provide Exodus with proof of your COVID-Clear status prior to travel; you can expect this to be checked by your airline and by immigration officials when you arrive in the destination country.

 

If you are travelling: within the UK, within your home country (outside the UK), or there are no entry requirements of this nature for the destination country, we will ask you to email a copy or photo of your document to [email protected] at least 2 weeks before departure.If you plan to take a PCR test 3 days before travel, you should let us know along with the date of the test, so we can add that to our records.

 

4. Returning Home

Updated 22 September 2021

If you are returning to the UK up to and including 3rd October 2021:

Ensure you understand and can comply with your home government requirements for return travel at the end of your trip. For example, you may require a negative test taken before departure, or there could be quarantine requirements for travellers from certain countries.

UK government Traffic Light system for entering the UK.

  • Currently, arrivals into the UK from all destinations require a test before travel (pre-departure test) and a PCR test on or before day 2 after your arrival.
  • While pre-departure (for return travel) testing is a general requirement, we will amend itineraries to ensure group members can access testing facilities (test at customer’s cost) in the final days of the trip.
  • Everybody who arrives in the UK will need to complete Passenger Locator Form within 48 hours prior their arrival. The form is completed online (found here).
  • If, through no fault of your own, your test result is delayed, Exodus will cover your accommodation costs until you are able to travel, and rearrange flights for Flight Inclusive bookers. Exodus will pay reasonable flight change fees for Land Only bookers.
  • Exodus will normally expect to operate to Green List destinations.
  • Exodus will expect to operate to Amber List destinations as long as there are no FCDO travel advice warnings against travel to that country, and the destination country does not have entry requirements in place that would significantly impact the tour itinerary.
  • It is important to be aware that a country’s status on the Traffic Light system will not necessarily align with FCDO travel advice.
  • For general testing advice for UK travellers, including recommended testing providers, please see our advice on testing below

 

If you are returning to the UK from 4th October 2021 onwards:

Ensure you have checked, understand and can comply with your home government requirements for return travel at the end of your trip.  Please note these will be informed by your place of residence and may vary across each of the separate countries within the UK.  For example, you may require a negative test taken before departure, or there could be quarantine requirements for travellers from certain countries.

  • The UK government is no longer using the ‘traffic light’ system of green/amber/red list countries, which previously dictated the specific requirements for COVID testing when travelling to the UK. This has been replaced by a simplified system with two lists: ‘Red’ countries, and all other destinations.
  • Exodus will not normally operate trips to countries on the ‘Red’ list.
  • Exodus will expect to operate trips to all other destinations, as long as there are no UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) travel advice warnings against travel to that country, and the destination country does not have entry requirements in place that would significantly impact the tour itinerary.
  • It is important to be aware that a country’s status will not necessarily align with FCDO travel advice.
  • Individuals arriving in England who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 do not have to take a pre-departure (for return travel) test.
  • Arriving travellers who have not been fully vaccinated, and/or are a resident of Scotland, Wales, or Northern Ireland (irrespective of their vaccination status) and will be returning there after their trip, may still need to take a pre-departure test.  Where this applies, we will ensure that customers can access testing facilities (test at customer’s cost) in the final days of the trip.
  • Individuals who have been fully vaccinated will need to book a PCR test to be taken on or before their second day at home.  This test must be booked prior to the return journey.  It is expected this requirement will be relaxed and replaced by a lateral flow test by the end of October 2021; this information will be updated once this is confirmed, and further guidance is provided by the UK government.
  • Those who have not been fully vaccinated are required to take two PCR tests, on the second and eighth full days of their return home and must self-isolate for ten days after they get home.  These tests must be booked prior to the return journey.
  • Everybody who arrives in the UK, irrespective of their vaccination status, will need to complete Passenger Locator Form within 48 hours prior their arrival. The form is completed online (found here).
  • For general testing advice for UK travellers, including recommended testing providers, please see our advice on testing below.

Advice on accessing COVID testing for travel

Providing a negative COVID test will be a common requirement for entering a country for some time. Accessing the appropriate private test for travel is now easy in many countries. If, from the above information it is clear a test if required, we ask you to choose your test provider in good time. We have put together a handy guide to testing, to give you all the information you need in one place. We update this document regularly so please do check back for the latest information before you depart for your adventure.

Getting tests in the UK

The UK government has a long list of approved test providers which you can view here.

To help you choose, we are recommending 4 large and well-known providers whose service we believe will meet your needs. See our handy guide to testing for more information.

 

Country-specific guidance.

For travel to certain countries we have prepared step-by-step guides to navigate the travel restrictions which you can view here.

 

Help, advice and support

We know the world is a less predictable place, and that we need to be available 24/7 to react and advise. Throughout your trip you will have our support.

Before your trip and on your way home: 
Normal office hours(+44) 208 772 3747
Out of hours emergency calls(+44) 759 004 7842
On your trip: 
Your leader will provide your local 24 hour support contact details On arrival
UK-based 24 hour Duty Manager(+44) 759 004 7842