(Last Updated 30/03/2020)

Will it affect your tour to Ireland/Scotland?

At Brack Tours, our client’s wellbeing and safety is always our top priority. We continue to monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation daily.

With this in mind, we have taken the unprecedented step to postpone or re-schedule all upcoming tour departures in April & May 2020.

We have made this difficult decision to firstly protect our valued clients and secondly our industry partners, Tour Directors and our office staff both in Ireland and the USA.

A key factor in our decision was in light of the travel ban extension from the US Government which now bans travel to Ireland and the UK (Effective March 17th 2020 – 4am GMT).

How does this affect bookings for April/May 2020?

If you are booked to travel with Brack Tours in April or May, we have put the following steps into place:

  • Group Tours have been postponed for travel and will be rescheduled for late 2020 or the same time period in 2021 as requested by your group leader.

We have already been in touch directly with all of our group leaders or clients affected by this change.

Have not heard from Brack Tours? Please contact us on info@bracktours.com or on our Contact Us page and a member of our team will get back to you as soon as possible.

How will other 2020 tours/bookings be affected?

We hope that all upcoming group tours from June 1st 2020 will proceed as planned. However should this change all groups will be notified and plans put in place to postpone and reschedule as we are supplied with the relative information on any ongoing travel restrictions or governments warnings.

However, if you choose to cancel from any of our booked tour packages at least one month prior to your travel dates, we will waive any change fees to your land tour arrangements and defer your payment to a future trip to be completed with 24 months of your original travel date. Otherwise, our standard terms and conditions will apply to all scheduled bookings & group packages.

PLEASE NOTE – Airfare booked with Brack Tours is non-refundable once paid in full. However we are working with the airlines to defer travel dates or offer credit for future travel where possible. Terms and conditions vary with the airlines and revised policies are being monitored as government travel restrictions and advice is announced.  If you have independently booked your flights, check with your airline to review policies set out.

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What is the current situation in Ireland & the U.K (Northern Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales)?

Ireland:

  • The first response to Covid-19 was a bid to cancel all mass gatherings in Ireland, this resulted in all St. Patrick’s Day Parades being cancelled.
  • On March 12th 2020, the Irish government took the precautionary step of closing all tourist and heritage sites in the Republic of Ireland (as well as schools, colleges, universities and other public facilities) until March 29th.
  • On March 15th 2020, the goverment ordered all ordered all bars and public house to close and advised against large gatherings or hosue parties. The official statement cited difficulty in maintaining social distancing in bars and pubs.
  • On March 24th 2020, the Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar announced that people should stay at home when possible. Only to leave the house for work if you cannot work from home and to go shopping for esstential items.
  • On March 27th 2020, The Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, and Minister for Health, Simon Harris, have issued strict guidelines for people to stay at home from midnight tonight (March 27th 2020). The only times you can leave your home are: to travel to or from work if you are providing an essential service. To shop for food/essentials to collect medical prescriptions, medical supplies and attend medical appointments. To carry out vital services like caring (including family carers)
Northern Ireland, England, Scotland & Wales:

  • From March 12th 2020, many hotels, pubs and visitor attractions in Northern Ireland have been forced to close indefinitely and will be pending further review.
  • On March 16th 2020, Prime Minister Boris Johnson advised everyone in the UK against “non-essential” travel and contact with others, as well as suggesting people should avoid pubs, clubs and theatres, and work from home if possible. Pregnant women, people over the age of 70 and those with certain health conditions were urged to consider the advice “particularly important”.
  • On March 18th 2020, Northern Ireland’s First Minister Arlene Foster & Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill announced that all schools in Northern Ireland would be closed from March 23rd until further notice.
  • On March 23rd 2020, Prime Minsiter Boris Johnson orders people to stay at home for three weeks, strict restrictions to freedom of movement to be enforceable by police, with Stormont set to introduce emergency powers.
``We will to keep this section updated with all current and future updates``

Public Advice & Useful Links:

Stay aware and updated of the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak by visiting the relevant links below:

World Health Organisation (WHO): https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

Heatlh Service Executive (HSE): https://www2.hse.ie/coronavirus/

National Health Service (NHS): https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

U.K Government (GOV.UK): https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Irish Government (GOV.IE): https://www.gov.ie/en/campaigns/c36c85-covid-19-coronavirus/

How to Contact Us:

Brack Tours LLC, 133 Washington Street #524, Dover, NH 03820 USA
Phone USA/CANADA Toll Free: (1) 855-338-4339

PLEASE NOTE: Our office hours are MONDAY TO FRIDAY 9.00am-5pm GMT. All incoming calls on our toll free number divert to Ireland, due to the time difference you may call during out of hours, we aim to get back to you as soon as possible. Or email your enquiry and a member of our team will reply at their earliest.