Last updated: 3rd January 2021
The guidance, law, and advice on the coronavirus pandemic is constantly changing. As soon as I get any new information I'll update this page to provide any relevant information about hiring campervans and camping.
Can I take a campervan right now? Sadly not. As long as Manchester is in Tier 3 or 4 we have to remain closed. This is because non-essential travel, travel outside the region, and stays away from home are not currently permitted.
Are you still taking bookings? Yes, you can still book for the year ahead. There's more info in my blog. Please note that the rules for Wales and Scotland may differ to those of England. It's unlikely that travel to mainland Europe will be possible this summer, and it isn't recommended due to the possibility of last minute changes.
What about the local lockdowns? The government advice at GOV.UK states that "you can still go on holiday, but you should only do this with people you live with or people you have formed a support bubble with". The local restrictions will be reviewed weekly, but if you feel you might have to change your booking, please contact me as soon as possible.
What if I need to change my booking? For all 2021 bookings I am offering risk-free flexible bookings. If travel and overnight stays in the UK are not permitted, you can change the date of your booking up to one week before you're due to travel. Please be aware, this is only for bookings affected by government restrictions, not just to allow for a last-minute change of heart! One benefit of campervanning is that if 'local lockdowns' are in place, you can still take your holiday in a different location. I would always recommend taking out appropriate travel insurance in case you can't travel for other reasons. If you have to rebook you can select any date within 12 months of your booking, at the same rates. Any money you've already paid will be transferred to your new booking, and if there's still a balance outstanding, this will be due 6 weeks before the start of your new dates. My prices are the same all year round and there's no charge for moving the booking.
What are your prices? My prices are the same all year round. A three day break starts from £295 and you can check prices and availability here.
What are you doing differently now? To ensure the safety of our customers I've created video tours to cut down on face to face time when you collect the van. Vans are always cleaned between hires, and I'm now also disinfecting keys, steering wheels, door handles and more. You can get a quote, book, pay, and even sign the hire agreement online, so everything is contactless.
What if I'm travelling from abroad? The UK may be operating a 14 day quarantine requirement for people arriving from certain foreign countries. This is subject to change, but once arriving in the UK affected travellers will need to remain in isolation at a single address for 14 days. This means that campervan travel will not be an option for people arriving from affected countries.
The Coronavirus pandemic has of course had a huge impact on Manchester Camper Hire. I'm doing everything I can to make sure customers are safe and don't lose out, but it's just me so please be patient! By hiring one of the vans you agree to act within the laws at the time of your booking, and as always I hope that you'll respect the local communities you visit by leaving no trace. Thank you to everyone who has continued to book, has moved their bookings to 2021, and has continued to offer support through this extremely challenging time. It means a lot!!
Government advice from the 12th of October 2020:
You can go on holiday outside your local area as long as you don't share accommodation with people you don't live or bubble with, or socialise with them in any indoor setting.
People visiting a Tier Two area should follow the local Covid rules for that area
You can travel anywhere within Scotland, unless there are local restrictions in place advising you not to do so.
Visitors from elsewhere in the UK can also take holidays in those areas of Wales without additional restrictions.