The wait is almost over, and if you’re anything like us, you’ll be desperate to jet off on that holiday you’ve been daydreaming about.
Undoubtedly things will be a little different, but we want to reassure you that we’re doing everything we can to make your holiday as safe and enjoyable as possible. To give you an idea of what to expect, we’ve put together the following guide which shows you how to travel safely, from the moment you arrive at the airport to stepping foot into your accommodation, what to expect when out and about in Corsica and how to keep yourself and others safe while you’re away.
View over L'Ile Rousse 8th July 2020
Getting to Corsica
Along with pretty much everything in the new normal, travelling will have some differences this year. The UK government require passengers on all public transport to wear face masks and this includes flights. They must also be worn on arrival at the airport, when in airport terminals and when boarding the flight. The government have said children up to the age of 10 do not require a mask however it is best to check with the individual airline as some have adopted a different policy. Every airport is different, so we suggest reading the advice from the UK airport you’re departing from (Gatwick, Heathrow or Manchester).
We would recommend getting to the airport earlier than you usually would as security checks and boarding may take longer than normal.
Please download boarding passes prior to travel (if applicable) and when checking in bags, please try and use the self-service drops where possible. Try and keep hand your hand luggage to a minimum as the crew won't be able to help you put your luggage in the overhead lockers.
Maintain social distancing rules in all areas of the airport – these will be the same as in other public places, and make use of the hand sanitisers located around the airport and wash your hands regularly.
All airlines, including easyJet and British Airways, have introduced additional safety measures to minimise the risk of infection and protect you at every stage. Aircraft cabins are thoroughly disinfected daily, providing surface protection which is effective for at least 24 hours however we suggest you take a little time to familiarise yourself with the policy of the airline you will be flying with.
Onboard services will be limited to water, which will be available on request and passengers are politely asked to refrain from consuming their own food or beverages as much as possible
You won’t see any inflight magazine as these have been removed to minimise contact between passengers. You will be allowed to use the toilet, but please try to avoid queuing in the aisle.
For more information about how you can protect yourself and others while travelling, please click here.
Figari airport 9th July 2020
Arriving in Corsica
Airports in Corsica are installing thermal cameras for arrivals and passengers may be asked to fill in a health questionnaire.
Our car hire partners have introduced additional safety measures to keep customers safe. These include careful cleaning, paperless rental agreements and clear social distancing floor markings at rental desks. For more information, please click for AVIS or EUROPCAR.
If you have transfers as part of your holiday they will be provided according to local social distancing guidelines, masks will be required and travelling groups will sit together. There will also be a reduction in the maximum occupancy of the vehicle.
We recommend reading government advice on travel to the country your holiday is based in:
Arriving in your villa
You’ve arrived at your private villa, and now it’s time to relax! Social distancing measures won’t be needed here unless anyone visits the property. Cleaners, gardeners and pool maintenance will take extra precautions to keep you safe. Our property owners will be adhering to the best practice guide, which has been prepared by ADN Tourisme (French government tourism organisation dealing specifically with seasonal rentals). This includes:
The removal of non-essential items such as ornaments, cushions, books, few hangers to name a few.
The deep cleaning and disinfecting of properties between rentals, with cleaners paying particular attention to surfaces, handles and other touchpoints both inside and outside the property. Cleaners will adhere to strict protocols including the wearing of PPE (face coverings, disposable gloves and disposable shoe protectors).
All bedding and towels will be laundered at a minimum of 60°C in accordance with the guidelines.
Arriving at your hotel
Naturally, hotel holidays will need a little more care when it comes to keeping safe. Every hotel and destination will be different, but here’s a breakdown of the sort of safety measures you can expect.
Social distancing – Every country will follow different social distancing rules. These will be shown with floor markings, and it’s likely you will see these in your hotel’s communal areas. Simply ask reception on arrival if anything is unclear.
Wearing masks – It’s possible that your hotel may ask you to wear a mask in communal areas, including reception and whilst entering and leaving the hotel.
Buffet meals – There might be a change in the way some hotels serve food. You may find that your hotel introduces timed dining sittings and table menu service rather than a self-service buffet.
Swimming pools, sunloungers and tables – Swimming pools will be open and sunloungers and tables will be positioned at a safe distance from one another to allow for social distancing. Hotel staff will be on hand to advise if needed.
Out & about
We appreciate that you have questions about what it’s like in resort, can you go out and eat, are the beaches open and generally what you can expect while you’re on holiday? We’ve been getting updates from our team in Corsica, who live on the island all year round, to reassure you that despite the pandemic, you can still have an amazing holiday on this beautiful island. Mask are mandatory in all enclosed public spaces and on the 7th August it became mandatory to wear a face mask in many street in the main towns, so always ensure you carry one with you. Fines can be imposed if you are not wearing a mask.
North Corsica streets where face masks are mandatory
South Corsica streets where face masks are mandatory
Shopping in L'Ile Rousse 8th July 2020
Are restaurants and bars open? Are you allowed to dine in or is it outside table service only?
It is quieter than usual in Calvi however July is definitely getting busier than it was in June as French tourists have started to arrive. Essentially, it’s business as usual in restaurants and bars, most of them are open and you can eat inside and out with tables spaced 1m apart. The recommendations for all restaurants in Corsica is to have a maximum of 10 people at one table, staff to wear masks and for tables and chairs to be disinfected between each customer. Customers must wear a mask when entering and moving around the establishment.
L'Ile Rousse Beach 8th July 2020
Tonnara Beach 9th July 2020
What can people expect when shopping – are face masks compulsory? Are people expected to wear gloves? Have the shops been fitted with plastic screens?
In all supermarkets and shops masks are now mandatory. No one wears gloves. Plastic screens have been installed in most supermarkets but not in the small shops. You can easily find disposable or washable masks at the pharmacies.
What’s happening on the beaches? Is there social distancing with sunloungers on the beaches? Are they open as normal? Are picnics allowed?
The private beach clubs are keeping 1m distance between sunloungers (except if you are from the same group), and most of them have reopened. Picnics are allowed on the beach but groups are not allowed to exceed 10 people.
L'Ile Rousse Beach 8th July 2020
Are excursions and boat trips still operating? What about activities such as canyoning?
Boat trips are operating but they take only half of the boat’s capacity in order to observe social distancing on board. Activities such as canyoning, kayaking, rock climbing and via ferrata have recommenced however additional safety measures have been implemented including disinfecting equipment, wearing gloves for some activities and wearing masks when in safety groupings. Some activities provide hygiene caps for underneath helmets, others are using disinfectant. The number of people using transport such as coaches or minibuses, has also been cut in half in order to maintain social distancing.
What about travelling in Corsica?
Corsica Railways have implemented rigorous cleaning measures so all compartments, seats and furnishings are disinfected, contactless payment is preferred and mask must be worn at all times. On buses, passengers must board at the front of the bus and exit from the middle or back and passengers and conductors must wear masks at all times. Where possible, the bus companies are using extra large buses so social distances can be observed but if the conductor says maximum numbers have been reached then you’ll have to wait for the next bus. All buses are disinfected at the end of every day. For taxis, contactless payment is preferred and please only sit in the back seat. If you have luggage then you will have to load and unload this yourself but please do not place on the back seat, you will have to open and close the boot and doors yourself.
Are markets and festivals taking place?
The food and Arts & Crafts markets are now open but there is no fair planned in Calvi this summer and there won’t be any festivals either as groups of over 10 people are not allowed.
Markets 8th July 2020
What happens if I fall ill?
Should you, or anyone in your party develop any symptoms of COVID-19 whilst on holiday please inform our representative, the hotel staff (if applicable) and your insurers immediately. You will then be offered assistance and advice on the measures you will need to follow, which may differ depending on the type of accommodation you are staying i.e. a villa or a hotel. Do not go to the doctors.