Dear friends and guests – the last 15 months has been a pretty difficult year for the travel industry. It’s fair to say that no-one saw Covid-19 coming, or could have foreseen just what impact it would have on holiday-makers and providers. With information and policies changing as the situation develops it’s hard to keep up, so please read on for our Corona policies and how we are continuing to offer flexible booking and socially distanced holidays in some amazing and undiscovered destinations. The safety of our guests is our highest priority!

Are your holidays still running? Yes! Montenegro’s borders and tourism industry are open (this includes the UK and all EU countries). As a well-established, family business with a decade’s experience in delivering sustainable, low impact holidays in Montenegro, we are in the fortunate position of owning our activity base, “Villa Miela”, outright and have a lean core team with no need to furlough staff. You can keep up to date with what we’re up to at the moment by following us on Facebook or Instagram, as well as our semi-regular blog posts.

Can I travel to Montenegro? Yes! At the time of writing, all nationalities are permitted to enter Montenegro. Please note, travellers from some countries may be required to supply a negative PCR test taken no earlier than 72 hours before arrival. Ryanair, Jet2, easyJet, Wizzair and many other airlines are still offering regular flights into Podgorica and Tivat airports. For requirements on your return, please check your own government websites.

Are your holidays safe? Yes! As specialists in small-group outdoors travel in remote locations, it could be said that we’ve been practicing socially distanced holidays for years! Whether you go for our multi-activity trips, our all-hiking or our all-kayaking weeks, you are guaranteed to be heading exclusively to low-risk areas where there are little to no people. We and our guides follow all Covid-19 health and safety guidelines set by our industry body, the Adventure Trade & Travel Association (ATTA), which you can read here.

What measures are you taking to prevent the spread of coronavirus? All our equipment is carefully disinfected and wiped down between trips, as are our transfer cars. When travelling by car we wear protective masks as proscribed by law, but these are not required when out and about in the National Parks. All accommodation options are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected according to national Covid-19 guidelines. Handwash solutions are provided as standard on every trip. As much as possible, different family groups do not share facilities – when this is unavoidable, we have careful timetabling in place to ensure that everyone has clean, safe access to whatever they require.

What if there is more than one party of guests sharing your activity base “Villa Miela”?
Villa Miela is a small accommodation usually shared by around 8 guests divided into two or three parties, making distancing easy. Before arrival, guests’ private bedrooms, bathrooms and keys are given a thorough ‘Covid-19’ clean including full disinfection and high temperature washing of bedding/towels. Our staff will not enter your room after this unless you ask us to provide additional cleaning. Further peace of mind can be provided by the enhanced cleaning regime we are operating for all shared guest spaces such as the living room, terrace furniture, sun-loungers and yoga deck, with regular disinfection throughout the day. Our shared guest kitchen is available on a ‘reserve and clean’ basis for self-catering, as is the outdoor BBQ (to which we have added a travel gas stove so that two parties of guests can self-cater for dinner at the same time), while our extensive outdoor space means separate parties of guests can dine outside and distance at the same time, e.g. with one set based on the terrace and the others on the deck. Our swimming pool is maintained to the highest standards of hygiene with constant cleaning of the water and, again, is being made available by reservation.

Can I get travel insurance for Montenegro? Yes! Most of the usual insurers will still cover Montenegro. It’s also not that unusual for people to want to travel to places that for one reason or another are on the FCO’s “red” list. UK companies like Battleface, Travel General and Campbell Irvine all provide surprisingly cheap travel insurance for such destinations (from £25pp per week). It is important to check whether cover would be provided for Covid-19 related costs and give full consideration to what this means if it is not. It is also important to note that Montenegro has committed to pay for all coronavirus-related healthcare and, if needed, quarantine requirements for visiting foreigners (see here) – however, the cost of any repatriation is to be born by the visitor.

I’m concerned that my country will require multiple PCR tests to travel to and from Montenegro this summer, and we are a family of 5! Can you help at all? Yes! As a gesture of goodwill and to celebrate the amazing achievement of the scientists who have worked so tirelessly on usable vaccines around the globe, we are offering the following for all holidays booked:

We’ll go halves on all costs for mandatory tests involved in going on our holidays this year! That’s right, we’re committing to pay 50% of your costs for all mandatory PCR or lateral flow tests required to travel to and from Montenegro (on receipt of your test booking confirmations). We will also provide free transport and assistance if any PCR test is required in Montenegro before you travel back to the UK. This offer does not apply to voluntary tests – only those that are state-mandated.

What if, because of Covid-19 or changing travel policies, I’m unable to travel having booked with you? Given the uncertainty surrounding coronavirus, we want to reassure you that by booking with us you have the maximum peace of mind, so we are currently offering the following flexible booking payment options, which supercede our standard Terms & Conditions.

FLEXIBLE BOOKING:
We will offer complete flexible booking for existing and new reservations. You will be able to postpone or reschedule your booking to any date starting Sunday within a 24 month period of your original booking, without extra charge. Please only note that the end cost of your holiday may change if you move from low-high season or vice-versa. For all new bookings we will ask for a 30% deposit on booking with the balance due no later than 6 weeks prior to your arrival. If you reschedule your trip thereafter, your balance would be due 8 weeks prior to your arrival date.

IF YOU CANCEL:
If you are forced to cancel your booking for Covid-19 reasons (including flight cancellation) we will refund you 100% of any payment(s) as long as it is no later than 3 weeks prior to your departure date. If you cancel sooner than 3 weeks prior to your departure date we would ask you you to reschedule your holiday as part of our flexible booking initiative, but if that were to prove impossible, your balance payment would be refunded.

If you cancel for any other reasons our standard terms and conditions would apply.

IF YOUR HOLIDAY CANNOT TAKE PLACE:
As a British registered travel company, if we are forced to cancel your trip, we are bound by UK law and regulations, which states currently that a refund of your deposit should be made within 2 weeks in the event that your holiday cannot take place. However, as an aid to travel companies, all of whom are struggling with this unprecedented situation, the European Commission, ABTA and ATOL are advising all customers to accept credit notes instead of deposit returns, to use on a new booking in the following 24 months (see our flexible terms, above), with refunds for such credit notes applicable any time in the next 12 months.

USEFUL LINKS:
New EC Travel Directives
UK Foreign Office – Travel Advice for Montenegro
Institute of Public Health of Montenegro – Advice for International Travellers 

Phone: +44 (0)20 3287 0015

Email: enquiries@undiscoveredmontenegro.com

WhatsApp: +382 (0)69 402364

Undiscovered Montenegro Ltd is a UK registered company.