Updated on 12th January 2021 @ 12:28 GMT
With various restrictions in place in the UK, Gibraltar and the world due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the future is once again uncertain.
Currently only Gibraltar Residents are able to enter Gibraltar and Spain.
However, we still want you to have peace of mind when booking your course with us. So if you are considering making a booking, please do! Since 14th May, any deposits and balance payments made to us were fully refundable in the event of flight cancellation or government lockdown specifically due to Coronavirus. We are continuing with this policy for all bookings made during the pandemic. Refund requests can take up to 30 days to process. Please note, our prices have increased for 2021 so you may wish to keep your booking 'on ice' instead of requesting a refund, to guarantee paying the 2020 price.
You must complete the Covid-19 Contact Tracing Form online before arriving at Gibraltar Airport. Alternatively, you can print and complete the Covid-19 Contact Tracing Form and hand it in when you arrive.
When you leave Gibraltar after your sailing course, you will need to complete this form Returning to the UK before your return flight.
Gibraltar has a 'travel corridor' in place with the UK, so no quarantine period is necessary on return to the UK. However, It may be necessary to provide a negative Covid test 72 hours before take off when returning to the UK. This is available at Gibraltar Airport at a cost of £50. You can book your test by clicking on the following link Rapid Covid-19 Testing Service.
You will be aware that from midnight on 25th July 2020 the UK Government announced that anyone returning from Spain will need to self isolate for 14 days. We are more than happy to continue sailing into Spain, but if you prefer not to, then we won't go.
As from Monday 9th November, Ceuta is in lockdown and we will obviously not be able to sail there.
Below you will find the measures we are putting in place. Please do bear in mind that it is simply not possible to completely socially distance from fellow crew whilst on the training yacht.
At the moment, we would only allow a maximum of 4 people from different households, plus the Instructor on board. However, as soon as government guidelines allow, we will return to the normal 5 people, plus the Instructor as soon as is safely possible. On our mile builder and racing events there may be more people on board.
Please ensure you bring your own face mask - you'll need this anyway for the airport and your flight. It is compulsory to wear a facemask when in a public place in Gibraltar. It is compulsory that face masks are worn all the times whilst in Spain.
Frequently asked questions:
Can I have my own cabin?
The boat layout is generally 3 double cabins, and the saloon. One of our boats has 3 double cabins and a bunk room. You will either have a cabin or the saloon to yourself. We do have an 'own cabin' option that you can select when booking, that will guarantee you your own cabin for the duration of your course.
How many people will be on board?
Currently we have reduced the number of people on board. There will be a maximum of 4 people in most cases, plus the Instructor. We will allow the following:
- 4 people from 4 different households, plus the Instructor
- A couple from the same household who would share a cabin, plus 2 people from 2 different households and the Instructor
- 2 couples from different households sharing a cabin, plus 1 other and the Instructor
- 5 people from the same household, plus the Instructor
Do I have to sleep on the boat?
No. You can organise your own nearby accommodation if you wish.
Will food be prepared on the boat?
Yes, as it usually would. Extra attention should be paid to hand washing. Liquid soap and hand sanitizer gel is provided.
Can I use the toilet?
Yes you can. Plenty of liquid soap and hand sanitizer gel is provided, along with paper towels for drying hands. Cleaning sprays are also provided to wipe down surfaces before and after each use.
Do I have to wear a face covering?
Not all of the time, but you should bring one to use. Face masks must be worn in supermarkets, retail shops, inside restaurants and in small enclosed spaces. It is compulsory in Spain to wear one at all times when in a public place.
What happens if someone shows corona symptoms whilst on the course?
Lets hope this doesn't happen, but it you were unlucky enough to show symptoms you would be asked to leave the yacht and self isolate.
Will you still provide life jackets and wet weather gear?
Yes. We will rotate life jackets and wet weather gear so you will not be wearing ones worn by people on the previous course.
Will the boat be cleaned before I arrive?
Each boat will get a thorough clean before and after your course by professional cleaners. Jolly Parrot boats have always been cleaned to a high standard, so no change in procedure here.