Travel in the time of Covid

Well, thank goodness 2020 is behind us! You can almost hear the sigh of relief as we embrace 2021.

Firstly, we want to take this opportunity to show our solidarity with those who have been affected by the Coronavirus outbreak. Covid-19 has hit hard and continues to affect people, local businesses, and economies everywhere. It has changed our world and has impacted almost everyone, whether in terms of health, lifestyle, and/or income.

While almost all of us still have major day-to-day worries, inconveniences and restrictions, at least we can see the light at the end of the tunnel. During the implementation of the various vaccines, we all continue to persevere and take the necessary precautions. However, we can at least allow ourselves the luxury of looking forward to better and happier times THIS year! And, we can now finally start to make tentative plans for the future without fear.

Although the immediate future is uncertain, we know that at some point in 2021, we will be able to explore our world again. Travel restrictions will be lifted and with varying degrees of confidence, we will feel safe again to fulfil our wanderlust. Suffice to say, the sooner both these scenarios unfold, the better!

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Current Situation – End of State of Emergency

At the time of writing, in early 2021, there are restrictions in place for US citizens traveling to Spain and Portugal. An update can be accessed from the website of the US Embassy and Consulate in Spain.

At Madrid & Beyond

Madrid & Beyond is putting the full weight of our 21 years in business to work with local partners to i) ensure safety for those traveling with us in the near future; ii) find ways of helping one another, and iii) to share travel inspiration and practical information for our partners and clients.

Spain and Portugal are two of the world’s most fascinating destinations for couples, families, and friends. Both countries immediately conjure up magical images; the grace and passion of flamenco and fado, the creative genius of Gaudí, a night of tapas or petiscos, the magnificent art galleries of Madrid, the gorgeous turquoise waters and idyllic coves of the Balearic Islands, the raw nature of the Azores, spectacular Roman ruins, the extraordinary food scene of San Sebastian and Porto, the jaw dropping grandeur of Moorish palaces and architecture, the lure of the Lisbon lifestyle, arguably the world’s most beautiful wine region in the Douro, a freshly made Valencian paella, the zest for life in fiestas and festivals, the sumptuous seafood, stunning hilltop white villages, the allure of the Camino, traditional lifestyle and welcoming locals, mighty castles, traditional olive oil mills, the thrill of Pamplona’s San Fermines, stunning properties throughout the Iberian Peninsula, and so much more!

When the time comes, our travelers will be assured that they can fully enjoy the countries and local culture, traveling with assurance and confidence. Safety and fun will be our priorities.

Travel with Confidence       

We continue to liaise with all our people throughout Spain and Portugal, confident that they are carrying out all the necessary measures to provide a secure and enjoyable environment for our travelers this year. Travelers with Madrid & Beyond are used to exclusivity, insiders’ access, luxury, and special care. We are just taking it to the next level now! Our guides are informed, knowledgeable, caring and while private guided tours will continue to be conducted in an engaging manner, new safety protocols will be adhered to.

Our Covid Promise

With regard to new bookings for 2021 and 2022, our terms and conditions will be as flexible as we can possibly make them. Travelers will have greater flexibility in making alterations to their itinerary, providing peace of mind and financial security.

Before you book, you will be presented with terms and conditions that reflect the booking conditions of all our suppliers. Each trip is different, but we will always aim to provide transparency, bearing in mind the components of each and every trip, eg some private accommodation(s) may require a non-refundable deposit.

We pride ourselves on our highly personalized service, and that will never be compromised.

Useful Links

World Health Organisation

For US travelers: State Department Travel Advisory and Centers for Disease Control & Prevention 

 

 

 

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