Town & Country Services from JRA

Town & Country Private Tours from JRA 

 

 

With much uncertainty surrounding overseas holidays, 2021 is the year to explore all that the UK has to offer.

Whether it's culture & the arts, architecture & history, family fun or the wonders of the natural world, there really is something for everyone right here in the UK.

With JRA Town & Country, we design your sightseeing tour tailored specifically to your unique wish list. Simply tell us where you would like to visit and we will do the rest, adding in some extra points of interest on route! We can even organise your entry tickets for any tourist attractions.

Looking for Inspiration? Here are a few ideas to wet your appetite;

  • The Royal Sights of London - take in the Palaces of London, from Buckingham Palace to the Tower of London
  • London by Night - A route along the Thames by night is beautiful, with iconic bridges and Big Ben the highlight
  • Villages of The Cotswolds - Explore the quintessentially English Villages set among the rolling Cotswold hills
  • Stonehenge & Bath - From the prehistoric monument on Salisbury Plain to the beautiful Roman City of Bath
  • National Trust Tour - choose your area to visit National Trust properties & gardens

Travelling in a Group?

With JRA Bubble Transport, you can travel with your social bubble, and follow the Rule of Six. Our 8 Seater MPVs offer all the comfort you would expect from an executive service. And once restrictions ease further, we will be offering our tours in our larger 16 Seat Minibus too.

 

 

 

A Quick Guide to International Travel Rules

Traffic Light System for International Travel from 17th May 2021

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has now confirmed the UK policy for international travel through the Covid-19 pandemic. Every country will be designated according to a traffic light system, based on the prevalence rates, variant prominence, vaccination rates and testing capability.

The full list of Red, Amber & Green list countries can be found here https://www.gov.uk/guidance/red-amber-and-green-list-rules-for-entering-england#green-list, where you can also sign up for email alerts following Government updates to the list.

Country Designation & What it Means

Non-essential travel to RED list countries is still illegal. Whilst it is still possible to travel to these countries for specified legitimate reasons, on return to the UK full quarantine will be required in Government designated hotels.

It is no longer illegal to travel to AMBER list countries, however it is still not advised.  On return to the UK it will still be necessary to quarantine but this can be done at home or other location of choice.

From 17th May 2021, 12 countries and overseas territories are on the GREEN list. There will be no requirement for quarantine on return to the UK when visiting:

Australia

Brunei

Falkland Islands

Faroe Islands

Gibraltar

Iceland

Israel & Jerusalem

New Zealand

Portugal (including The Azores & Madeira)

Singapore

South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands

St Helena, Ascension & Tristan Da Cunha

Other UK Requirements

Covid-19 Testing 

Before returning to the UK, you will need to provide a negative Covid-19 test result taken during the three days prior to travel (unless exempt). The test must meet minimum performance standards, and only original result notifications in English, French or Spanish will be accepted.

Further testing will be required on your arrival in the UK

Red Countries – further testing will be provided as part of the quarantine package

Amber Countries – A PCR test will be required on Day 2 and Day 8 after arrival in the UK. It may be possible to end quarantine early by taking a test on Day 5 under the Test to Release scheme.

Green Countries – A PCR test will be required on Day 2 after arrival in the UK.

In addition, all UK arriving passengers are required to complete the Online Passenger Locator Form, declaring where quarantine will take place (for amber countries) and also to enable Track & Trace following any positive test results. 

International Requirements

It will also be necessary to check the requirements of any country you are travelling to or through.

The EU has proposed to allow travel into the EU from June for passengers who have been fully vaccinated. It should be noted though that member states may still include additional requirements for testing and quarantine.

Many other countries around the world are also preparing to open their borders to international visitors too. Current information by country can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

 

The UK Government has confirmed that passengers can declare their vaccination status via the NHS Health App (not the track&trace app) or by requesting a paper record from the local GP.

Other Considerations

When booking, check with your agent, operator or airline for current terms & conditions and cancellation policy in the event that your booking must be cancelled or amended due to changing travel rules.

And finally, check your insurance coverage.

Ready to Fly?

Book your airport transfer with JRA Chauffeur Drive and start your long awaited holiday the moment you walk out of your front door.

 

Diamond Celebrations in Lockdown

 

A few weeks ago we were contacted by Mrs B who wanted to organise a surprise for her husband. She had the seeds of an idea, but wasn't sure exactly what she needed to do.

The 3rd April was her diamond wedding anniversary. 60 years of marriage is an achievement worth celebrating, but with restrictions preventing family gatherings, and restaurants closed, how to mark this very special of occasions?

A few conversations later, and we had put together a plan, for a Chauffeur Driven trip down memory lane.

A four hour round trip in our Mercedes S Class, with Chauffeur Mark, heading into London to the haunts of their youth. Places where they had grown up, places where this lovely couple had courted all those years ago.

It was wonderful to receive a call of thanks from Mrs B on Tuesday, who described her day as "absolutely wonderful".

Mark had taken some photos during the day, which their son is going to frame along with the telegram from Her Majesty to keep as a momento.

Who said romance is dead?

If you have an occasion to celebrate, get in touch and let JRA help you plan your very special day. 

Inter-City Services

How far are you prepared to drive to get to that all important, long-awaited, face to face business meeting? An hour? Maybe two?

It is really important to be able to switch off and unwind after a long drive, but when heading to a meeting, the exact opposite happens. It's difficult to present the best version of yourself to clients & colleagues, when suffering from driver fatigue.

Is your plan B to travel by train? Inter-city rail services prevent driver fatigue, but the timetable may not be convenient, and privacy issues may prevent you working on board. Add in concerns about Covid spread, and perhaps the train doesn't appeal to you either.

So why not try the chauffeur driven solution. A door to door service scheduled exactly to your unique timetable. Free on-board WiFi allows you to work in the car, to prepare for your meeting or simply respond to emails. With confidentiality & privacy guaranteed, you can take that business call with confidence.

Or maybe you just want to have a snooze, and that's fine too!

If you're planning inter-city transport, get in touch for a quote. 

 

The Importance of Ground Transportation in Your Corporate Travel Policy

 

 

The Covid-19 global pandemic highlights the importance of good travel data when it comes to risk management. Airline & accommodation data is typically available through the online booking engines providing critical information such as flight numbers and hotel locations. Data for ground transportation is much more limited, if it exists at all, as many business travellers make their own arrangements independently.

Historically, travel policy has often omitted ground transportation, but as organisations prepare to resume business travel in 2021, its inclusion is now more important than ever. How are your employees getting to the airport or business meeting? Has your organisation defined acceptable modes of transport or specified suppliers?

A recent survey by Free-Now in conjunction with the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) reports that 50% of European Travel Managers, have changed their policy on ground transportation as a result of the Coronavirus Pandemic, with over 50% reporting they will be less likely to allow or encourage the use of public transport.

Understandably both travel managers and business travellers view safety as of the highest priority (60%). For business travellers convenience rates next (54%) with cost-saving further down the list (25%), whilst travel managers rate traveller satisfaction and cost-saving equally (38%).  

The survey also found that 88% of travel managers are interested in using preferred ground transportation suppliers which have been vetted to ensure they meet safety & sanitation standards, and 79% are interested in tracking data about ground transportation rides (such as destinations & driver names to aid in contact tracing). For UK business travellers the rates are slightly lower, though similar at 77% and 62% respectively.

You can read the full survey report here: https://free-now.com/uk/business/blog/white-paper-ground-transportation-in-europe-adapting-travel-policies-in-a-changing-landscape/

 Our Recommendation

Selecting a preferred supplier(s) for ground transportation helps satisfy the organisational duty of care to protect its employees.  The procurement process enables you to vet and verify vendor safety protocols, not just in terms of pandemic response, but to also consider the broader concerns of passenger safety, such as licensing and insurance.

Formalising arrangements with suppliers will also provide you with clear data about your employee travel, which whilst essential during the pandemic, will help your organisation plan future travel with more clarity.

Additional Benefits

Beyond risk management, selecting a preferred supplier for ground transportation can provide further benefits too, satisfying the priorities for both travel managers and business travellers alike.

  • Save money
  • Streamline processes
  • Set the foundations of relationships with good communication building trust.
  • Convenience and reliability for business travellers

 JRA Chauffeur Drive

We are specialist providers of ground transportation to the business community, tailoring our services to your specific requirements improving productivity across your organisation. We understand the varying priorities of the different stakeholders; comfort & convenience for travellers; ease of booking for administrative staff; health & safety requirements for HR teams; and cost requirements for financial teams;

Get in touch and let us help you integrate ground transportation into your corporate travel policy.

 

 

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