Information and updates for single travellers.

Friendship Travel was founded in 1999 and is ATOL bonded under licence number 6683 (renewed September 2020), which means that your holiday money is 100% safe. We have also been recognised by the Consumers Association Which? Travel magazine for our exceptional service during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Are singles holidays still operating?  Arrow logo

We continue to offer single travellers UK breaks and overseas holidays for much-needed relaxation and sun. As long as destinations are open to UK travellers, and as long as airlines continue to operate their schedules our Hosts will welcome you to our hotels around the Med and across the world.

Will I have to quarantine when I return?  Arrow logo

Depending on your destination and the Government’s frequently-changing rules, you may have to quarantine on your return to the UK. This is currently 14 days though that may be reduced if airport testing is made available. This is frustrating for everyone but beyond our control.

When you book, whether for a last-minute escape or for a holiday several months ahead, you do so knowing that you may have to quarantine, and accepting that possibility.

Can I get travel against FCDO advice? Arrow logo

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office says “No foreign travel can be guaranteed as safe and you take personal responsibility for any trip you make abroad.”

The FCDO is currently advising against ‘all but essential travel’ to most countries worldwide because of the pandemic, but it recognises that travel companies and airlines are not bound to cancel holidays and flights because of this. Further information on FCDO advice may be found HERE https://www.gov.uk/guidance/about-foreign-commonwealth-development-office-travel-advice

Friendship Travel has successfully operated holidays in Croatia, Portugal, Turkey and other destinations which are on the FCDO’s ‘non-essential’ travel lists. You can read some of the comments from guests here on FEEFO.

Can I change my holiday or get a refund?  Arrow logo

We continue to offer as much flexibility as possible but may be constrained by the policies of individual airlines and hotels.

If you want to delay your holiday we may be able to re-arrange travel for a future date, as long as you make that request at least 14 days before your departure.

Inside 14 days we lose that flexibility, and Friendship Travel does not cancel holidays or refund monies in the event of a destination being suddenly added to the quarantine list or added to the FCDO’s non-essential travel list.

What holidays are operating?  Arrow logo

We expect to provide winter holidays to the Canary Islands of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura (officially Spanish territory), throughout the Caribbean and selected worldwide destinations, as well as ski and board holidays in the Alps. Our welcoming UK hotels with Christmas and New Year breaks have adapted their arrangements to meet Government rules.

What Covid protocols apply to singles holidays? 

All our guests receive complimentary face-coverings and hand sanitiser in their travel packs and are expected to follow airport and airline instructions whilst travelling.

On arrival the Covid protocols of the destination country apply, and this may mean that you have to register your health status before travelling (online), make a health declaration or even undergo a test on arrival. It is your responsibility to comply with such requests.

Our transfer companies carry fewer passengers per journey, hotels provide sanitising points throughout, adapt restaurant layouts and services and clean, clean, clean!

Sunbeds and seating at dinner are spaced at least 1m apart in line with World Health Organisation advice and of course every Friendship Travel guest has his or her own room.

On UK breaks, current Government advice is always followed.

Can I get travel insurance?

Insurance companies are rapidly adapting new travel policies to include the potential impact of Covid-19, including visiting countries on the FCDO’s ‘essential travel only’ list, but every policy is different and you must choose the one that is right for you.

Until 31 December 2020 the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) scheme enables travellers within the European Union to access local health services on the same basis as residents of the destination, but this is not a substitute for travel insurance.

Can I book a singles holiday for 2021? 

Yes! As well as winter sun holidays, we are able to take bookings for summer 2021 to Turkey, Greece, Portugal, Spain and Croatia. You can book online or over the phone.

I have questions about my 2020 holiday – can I talk to you? 

Yes! Our friendly team continue to work from home or the office and are happy to chat with you. Our ‘office’ hours are 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday. We look forward to helping you.

To sum up

Our guests this summer and autumn say they have really needed their holidays and the benefits of sunshine and relaxation have been well worth the necessary adjustments. If you want to travel and are content to ignore FCDO advice and/or perhaps quarantine on your return, we will be pleased to book a holiday for you.

If you’re anxious about travelling against FCDO advice, cannot quarantine, are waiting for airport testing or a vaccine to be available, you may prefer to wait. When you are ready to book, we’ll b here to help.

I would like to thank you for your continued support on behalf of Friendship Travel and our partners overseas.

Colum McLornan - Owner of Friendship Travel.