We understand that travel may seem a little more complicated than usual right now. The team at StudyLink monitor travel advice from the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office and government guidance in relation to educational visits, so can keep you informed about the latest travel advice.
Since the autumn term, the government has permitted UK day trips for under 18s whilst advising against overnight educational visits. We are pleased to share that the Department for Education has recognised the enormous benefits of overnight trips to students' education, and has committed to reviewing the advice in February 2021, with overnight educational trips potentially resuming from Easter 2021 onwards.
For students over the age of 18, the government is currently advising that travel is permitted but may be restricted due to domestic regulations. For further information please click here.
For the latest general FCDO travel advice, including coronavirus travel guidance, security and local laws, and passport and visa information, please see here.
With group trip preparation taking anything from 6-12 months to plan, we know many group leaders want to discuss their future travel plans for 2021 and beyond.
For both colleges and universities, the government has advised that educational establishments can still take UK day trips. Choosing a day trip allows your students to still benefit from learning outside the classroom as well as improving their mental health and building their confidence and resilience.
We are pleased to advise that all our UK itineraries can be adapted to suit a day trip. Contact us for more information on the day trip options available to your college or university.
Book with Confidence Guarantee
With uncertainty around future travel, we understand that your college or university is going to need more reassurances than ever before, when booking your 2021 trip. At StudyLink, we have been working behind the scenes to put a number of measures in place to provide financial security, whilst offering increased flexibility when it comes to booking your next trip.
What's more, we've taken extra steps to ensure the safety of your group. We've worked closely with our accommodation, transport and visit providers to ensure that they meet local government COVID-secure health & safety protocols, allowing you to book and travel with confidence.
Financial Peace of Mind
To help ease the financial pressures on parents and students, we have adapted our payment terms to allow more time for making your group’s trip payments.
Furthermore, we recognise that you will require more flexibility for your 2021 travel plans. We have multiple options to amend your booking should a COVID-19 restriction impact on your group’s trip prior to travel, and we will work closely with you to ensure the best possible outcome for your group.
To find out more about our Financial Peace of Mind commitment, please get in touch with us today.
Enhanced Health & Safety Measures
The safety of our groups has always been our number one priority. As a member of the School Travel Forum, we have contributed to a COVID-Secure set of guidelines to provide reassurance to you and parents.
This work has been undertaken with a leading independent travel risk management company to understand the challenges for schools in taking part in learning outside the classroom experiences. All our transport, accommodation and visit providers, both in the UK and overseas, have committed to enhanced health and safety measures as outlined by local government guidance, to give peace of mind for future travel.
For more details on how the team at StudyLink and our partners are ensuring you can travel with confidence, please see our dedicated page here.