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    Wilderness Ireland's Assurance

    We understand that you may be a bit nervous about your trip in the current circumstances. Of course, there will be some changes to our usual way of operating. However, we want to assure you that we are well-prepared and ready to give you a fantastic, rewarding and safe holiday.

    Our office team in Ireland are all living with the current guidance, and are on hand to help you get the most from your trip and to advise you on what it’s like here on the ground.

    This page outlines the main changes we are making. During your trip, your guide will ensure that everyone understands the procedures, which are generally simple-to-follow rules by which you are most likely already living.

    Our updated operating procedures have been guided by sector specific advice from Irish tourism authorities (Failte Ireland).

    Furthermore, we have reached out to our local contacts across Ireland to ensure that the local communities are happy for us to visit and explore their beautiful landscapes. They are ready to welcome you and so are we. We look forward to seeing you soon!

    The Covid 19 Safety Charter 

    We love Ireland and we love welcoming travellers to this part of the world to show you places that you wouldn’t normally see.

    We remain true to our values and want to reopen in a gentle way that respects each of you as individual travellers, while in equal measure respecting the communities that we visit.

    The Covid 19 Safety Charter is the industry standard that has been created by tourism authorities in Ireland to show that we, as a business, have followed the government and industry guidelines, have an updated risk assessment in place and have the processes in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing. This charter also applies to hotels, restaurants and other tourism businesses to assure you, as a customer, that you will see the same high standards of Covid-19 awareness and hygiene practices wherever you travel in Ireland. Businesses in Northern Ireland operate under UK’s similar ‘Good to Go’ scheme.

    Click the drop-downs below to reveal details of the measures we’ve put in place to make your trip feel all the more comfortable in the moments when you’re not out there in the wild places of Ireland.

    Planning Your Trip with Wilderness Ireland

    Travellers with Existing Bookings Read More

    As we reopen the domestic economy and the vaccination programme here gathers pace, we have received specific advise around the reopening of Ireland to international visitors from July 19th 2021. Please see ‘Travel Advisories and Inbound Health Measures’ below for more detail.

    From July 19th 2021, all confirmed departures are going ahead as planned. Unless you have have booked under a specific special offer, our standard payment terms and conditions apply to all group and private trips departing from July 19th onwards.

    Due to the changing nature of the guidelines, any trips we run over the course of 2021 may well have some changes to the itinerary in order to make things run smoothly. However, all inclusions will still be a part of the trip.

    As with any travel, we strongly recommend that you have trip/travel insurance. This should cover any last-minute trip cancellation as well as any travel undertaken to get to and from the start of your trip.

    Throughout 2021, the Irish government has advised that lockdown restrictions could be reinstated if necessary. If this is the case, we will be in touch as soon as possible to discuss these changes and your options.

    New Bookings Read More

    If you are interested in taking a trip with us in 2021 or any date in the future, we would be delighted to have you join us.

    Whether you are looking at a small group trip or a private adventure (perfect for your bubble) our friendly team is available to chat through the options.

    Please note that any new booking will only be accepted on the provision that if the trip is unable to go ahead due to Covid 19 restrictions the trip will be suspended. Trip payments will be held indefinitely and can be put towards any Wilderness Ireland or Wilderness Scotland trip in the future.

    Must Read - Traveller Responsibility Read More

    1. We request that all travellers bring a minimum of 2 reusable masks so you can wash one each evening and leave it to dry.
    2. That clients declare to us if they have had Covid or Covid-like symptoms.
    3. That client’s self-health check and declare to the guide as soon as possible if they do feel any Covid symptoms. It would be beneficial if you would bring a thermometer to keep track of your temperature.
    4. That you do not travel if you feel unwell or are symptomatic before the trip.
    5. That you agree in good grace to follow all guidelines and procedures set out by your Wilderness Ireland guide and any suppliers we use.

    Current Situation in Ireland Read More

    We recommend that you visit the Irish government’s website where they are updating the situation and statistics regularly.

    The Irish economy and society is currently in the midst of a cautious and systematic reopening as well as a comprehensive age-based national vaccination strategy. It is worth being aware that mask wearing and social distancing is not only commonplace in Ireland but also legally required.

    On May 28th 2021, the Irish government announced a mechanism to allow for the reopening of international travel. Please see ‘Travel Advisories and Inbound Health Measures’ below.

    Travel Advisories and Inbound Health Measures Read More

    On May 28th 2021 the Irish government announced a mechanism to allow for the reopening of international travel as part of the EU-wide Digital Covid Certificate scheme. This will be implemented from July 19th 2021. As well as relatively free access to Ireland from all EU countries, this allows for quarantine-free travel into Ireland for fully vaccinated travellers from outside the EU.

    To summarise:

    • All arrivals into Ireland from EU countries will be subject to the EU Digital Covid Certificate
    • Arrivals from outside the EU (including the UK) will be required to provide proof of full vaccination or will be subject to quarantine on arrival.
    • You will need to fill out a COVID-19 Passenger Locator form as a pre-departure requirement.

    It is also worth being aware that there is an ‘emergency brake’ mechanism built into the EU international travel framework that will reinstate quarantine for certain countries should the epidemiological situation in the country of origin necessitate it. This is with particular regard to variants of concern.

    Find further details on the Irish Government website here.

    You can often additional country-specific information from your embassy in Ireland or from the Irish embassy in your own country.

    We are asking all travellers to do their own research to ensure they are aware of the arrival requirements from their country of origin as well as their own country’s advice regarding international travel. If you are transiting through another jurisdiction (even if just a layover) we recommend that you check that country’s requirements around pre-departure testing and vaccination.

    While we do our best to ensure our advice here is up to date, as always has been the case, it is your individual responsibility to comply with any and all entry requirements in order to reach the start point of your trip.

    As with any travel, we strongly recommend that you have trip/travel insurance in place. This should cover any last-minute trip cancellation as well as any travel undertaken to get to and from the start of your trip. It should also cover you in the event that you fall ill on your trip including repatriation and self-isolation, should it be required.

    Pre-Trip Information Read More

    Please take extra care to read through this pre-trip information, paying particular attention to the Covid-19 details and requirements, such as bringing your own face masks, and being aware of any rules which apply in Ireland which may be different to rules where you live.  

    Please also check with your airline / train company about any specific requirements they may have in place for your journey to Ireland.

    We genuinely sweat the details so that you can rest at ease knowing that you’re in safe hands and there’ll be no unwanted surprises. If you’re informed then you’ll be able to raise any questions with us ahead of your trip; which of course we’ll be delighted to help with.  

    Will it still feel like I am on holiday? Read More

    It will feel a bit different to your last trip. But spending time in nature is healthy for the body and for the soul. Standing on top of a hill or cresting a climb on your bike will feel as amazing as it always has.

    As you soak in the views and relish the feeling of personal achievement, it will feel like a holiday! And one thing is for sure – many of us need a break after the past year. So come and enjoy the space, freedom, wild landscapes and fresh air which Ireland is famous for.

    Will I need to wear a mask? Read More

    You will need to wear a mask while travelling in our vehicles and in other locations specified by Government regulations (all indoor public places). There may be occasions when you need to put a mask on briefly – for example, if your guide is assisting you with some equipment.

    But you will not need a mask during the day’s activities – so you can hike, cycle or paddle breathing in the fresh Atlantic air and enjoying unencumbered views.

    Will we be socially distancing while on a trip? Read More

    Yes.

    You will already be social distancing so it should simply be a continuation of normal practice and respect for your fellow travellers.

    It’s fortunate that in the wild and remote places we visit, social distancing is easy to adopt. Your guide will be available to explain any local practices or requirements.

    Can I bring my own car instead of travelling in your vehicle? Read More

    Yes.

    Where it is practical to do so, you are welcome to use your own vehicle throughout the trip.

    There will be no reduction in price as we will still be operating our vehicle on the trip. Trips which involve ferry crossings may be more challenging to arrange due to limited capacity on some ferries.

    If you are planning to bring your own vehicle, you must let us know as soon as possible so that we can plan accordingly.

    Will the locals be welcoming? Read More

    We’ve run trips in Ireland for several years, so are extremely well-connected in communities across the country.

    While there will always be some who disagree, the overwhelming feeling, and our own experience, is that communities across Ireland are really looking forward to welcoming visitors once again.

    Insurance Read More

    As always it is important that you have adequate travel insurance which covers your specific needs, including any known medical conditions or activities you plan to do.

    It is also worth checking the detail of the policy around travel disruption including delays or cancellations as policies do vary.

    The Association of British Insurers has a Q & A that is more relevant for travellers from the UK but raises useful questions to put to your own insurer, no matter which country you reside in.

    We encourage every traveller to take out Cancel for Any Reason insurance. It’s more costly but should provide you with further reassurance, provided that you check the small print.

    Do you offer private trips? Read More

    Yes. We offer a range of private tours, as well as a custom trip service.

    We also offer a series of new Self Guided hiking trips, self guided biking trips, and Self Drive itineraries.

    Please contact our Adventure Consultants to discuss options if these are of interest to you.

    The On-Trip Experience

    Your Wilderness Guide Read More

    All of our guides will complete training on our new operating procedures before leading a trip. This means that, as well as ensuring the safety of you and your fellow travellers, they will be able to advise you on any relevant procedures so that you can play your part in keeping us all safe while enjoying your trip. 

    Equipment and Vehicles Read More

    All of our equipment will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected before being re-issued for the next trip. On trips, any equipment you are given will be yours throughout the trip rather than it being shared. Of course, our guides will be able to clean and disinfect equipment as required during the trip. 

    All passengers will be asked to wear face coverings and windows will remain open to provide fresh air circulation. Of course, all vehicles will be subject to enhanced cleaning. Hand sanitiser will be available in the vehicles. 

    Hotels and Food & Drink Read More

    As you can imagine, each accommodation will have slightly different arrangements in place to ensure it is operating safely. Your guide will explain to you the arrangements at each accommodation before you arrive.

    Each restaurant and cafe will have slightly different arrangements in place to ensure it is operating safely. Your guide will explain to you the arrangements before you enter. One change you will notice if you’ve travelled with us before is that we will not all eat together at one group table. Instead, groups will be split into smaller tables to ensure we allow for social distancing.

    We will continue to provide snacks throughout the trip to keep you fuelled. However, these will be individually allocated rather than being from a shared basket.

    First Aid Procedures Read More

    Our guides have been trained in updated first aid best practices designed to keep themselves and you safe from infection in the unlikely event of an accident. 

    Staying Healthy While Travelling Read More

    Hygiene advice has not changed since the start of the outbreak, so we reiterate it below as so often the basic messages get lost in all the noise.

    Frequent and thorough hand-washing with soap for at least 20 seconds is a key method of avoiding contracting and spreading any germs while travelling and is seen as particularly important to avoid Coronavirus / COVID-19. If hand-washing and soap are not available then hand sanitizer is recommended.

    Avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose unless your hands are clean.

    Avoid close contact with people that look or feel unwell, their personal items and any surfaces they may have touched. Maintaining a distance of over 1m is recommended by the World Health Organisation.

    If you are on any medication, then pack additional supplies should your return home be postponed.

    We recommend visiting this World Health Organisation page on protective measures you can take to minimise the risk to yourself and others.

    Steps We're Taking to Protect Travellers on Our Tours Read More

    Our client’s health and safety is of the utmost importance to us and with that in mind you will see below the steps that we are taking to protect you and mitigate the risk of contracting & spreading Coronavirus / COVID-19 while you are travelling on our tours.

    • Capacity in our vehicles has been limited to 5 travellers.
    • We request that you wear your face mask while in our vehicles at all times.
    • While vehicles are moving we’ll ensure that the windows are open to increase fresh airflow and circulation.
    • Each vehicle will be thoroughly sanitised at start and end of the trip. 
    • Your vehicle will be provided with hand sanitiser and tissues. 
    • We will dispose of any rubbish bag with tissues at the end of every day. 
    • We use the sanitising spray to wipe down van surfaces daily.

    DO:

    • Notify your guide if you are feeling unwell at the earliest opportunity.
    • Meet and greet your guide and other participants with the namaste gesture.
    • Avoid unnecessary personal contact (hugs, kisses, high-fives etc.) and passing around of objects. 
    • Please make the effort not to touch your face and follow the personal hygiene recommendations.
    • Wash your hands properly and often.
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough and sneeze.
    • Put used tissues into a bin and wash your hands.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are not well.
    • Stay at home if you are sick to help stop the spread of whatever infection you may have.

    DON’T:

    • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.
    • Do not share objects that touch your mouth – for example, bottles.
    • Do not pass your phone or camera to others.

    Above all we want to be as respectful of each of our client’s feelings and concerns surrounding Coronavirus / COVID-19 and we would request that if you are travelling with us, that you make your feelings known in an understanding and respectful way to your guide, so that they, in turn, can make any necessary adjustments and relay information as appropriate to the group.

    If You or Someone in Your Group Becomes Unwell Read More

    Our guides have also been trained on how to handle a situation where they or a member of the group show symptoms of Covid-19. This forms a key part of our updated operating procedures and is in line with Government advice.

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