Sports Travel Advice & Insurance

For every sports tour and tournament we provide comprehensive travel information, risk assessments, and recommendations according to the destination booked for your Sporta Tours sports tour.

Typically, we advise on what to pack and what not to (which can be just as important), plus visa requirements and any pre-travel medical advice. We’ll also provide useful reminders on essentials such as travel insurance via group or individual policies.

Financial Protection

We’re ATOL (9684) & ABTA (Y6727) members. It’s an important detail, don’t tour without it. For our school groups, we’re also proud members of the School Travel Forum and have been awarded a Learning Outside the Classroom Badge.

Foreign Travel Advice

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice* – For the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office including security and local laws, plus passport and visa information, please follow this link*. Please refer to this website for general passport and visa information for your given tour destination. The UK Government’s website also details health/vaccination requirements for given tour destinations.

https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/* – TravelHealthPro exists to protect the health of British travellers and provides a comprehensive resource and is recommended by the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office.

Please seek advice on recommended vaccinations and precautions from a health professional – either a GP, a practice nurse, a pharmacist or a travel health clinic – ideally at least eight weeks before departure. Further travel health advice can be found on https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries* and www.fitfortravel.scot.nhs.uk

Passport, Health and Visa Requirements

A brief summary of the passport and visa requirements for UK citizens to our destinations is provided below. Some destinations may have certain health requirements, such as specific vaccinations. Further travel health advice can be found on https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries*

The information provided here is correct at the time of writing and is not exhaustive – additional requirements may apply. Coronavirus restrictions and requirements are not detailed here and may also apply. For the latest travel information from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office including your tour destination’s embassy details, security and local laws, plus passport and visa information, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice*. 

CARIBBEAN – Our destinations in the ‘Caribbean’ include Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados and St Lucia. For Antigua & Barbuda, your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry. For Barbados, your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay. For St Lucia, your passport should be valid for the duration of your stay. Visas are not required for UK citizens to enter any of these countries.

FAR EAST – Our destinations in the ‘Far East’ includes Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore. For Hong Kong, although it is part of the People’s Republic of China, it remains a Special Administrative Region with its own immigration controls. You can visit Hong Kong for up to 6 months without a visa. Your passport should be valid for at least one month after the date of your departure from Hong Kong. For Malaysia, British nationals do not need a visa to visit. You will normally be given permission to stay for 3 months on arrival. Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Malaysia. For Singapore, you don’t normally need a visa to enter for stays of up to 90 days for tourism, business or social visits. Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Singapore. If you are intending to transit Singapore to neighbouring countries, make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months.

FRANCE – If you hold a British Citizen passport, you don’t need a visa to enter France. You will be able to travel to countries in the Schengen area for up to 90 days in any 180-day period without a visa as a tourist. From 1 January 2021, you must have at least 6 months left on an adult or child passport to travel to most countries in Europe.

HOLLAND/THE NETHERLANDS – If you hold a British Citizen passport, you don’t need a visa to enter Holland/The Netherlands. You will be able to travel to countries in the Schengen area for up to 90 days in any 180-day period without a visa as a tourist. From 1 January 2021, you must have at least 6 months left on an adult or child passport to travel to most countries in Europe.

INDIA – You’ll need to get a visa before travelling to India. India issues various types of visas, including transit visas and e-visas. Make sure you get the right visa for your travel and that it’s valid for the purpose and duration of your stay. To avoid possible problems at immigration, make sure your passport is valid for a minimum of 180 days at the time of entry into India. 

KENYA – You need a visa to enter Kenya. From 1 January 2021, Kenyan entry visas will be exclusively issued electronically, with passengers required to obtain their e-visas before departure. Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Kenya.

NEPAL – Visas are required to enter Nepal. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months when you submit your application for a visa.

NORTH AMERICA – Our destinations in the ‘North America’ include Canada and the United States. For Canada, British Citizens don’t usually need a visa to visit Canada for short periods, but you’ll need to get an Electronic Travel Authorisation before you travel. Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay. No additional period of validity beyond this is required. For the United States, your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay. You don’t need any additional period of validity on your passport beyond this. The US Customs and Border Protection programme Global Entry gets pre-approved travellers through border control faster at some US airports. 

RWANDA – You need a visa to enter Rwanda. Thirty-day tourist visas are free and available on arrival for citizens of member states of the Commonwealth (including the UK), as well as for those of the African Union and the Francophonie. Your passport should be valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry into Rwanda.

SOUTH AFRICA – Your passport should be valid for at least 30 days beyond your intended date of exit from South Africa, in line with South African immigration regulations. However, some immigration officials still request that a passport should have at least 6 months validity on the date of entry to South Africa. To avoid problems at the airport on arrival, you’re advised to ensure your passport is valid for six months. There are no visa requirements for UK citizens.

SPAIN – If you hold a British Citizen passport, you don’t need a visa to enter Spain. You will be able to travel to countries in the Schengen area for up to 90 days in any 180-day period without a visa as a tourist. From 1 January 2021, you must have at least 6 months left on an adult or child passport to travel to most countries in Europe.

SRI LANKA – Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry to Sri Lanka. Visas and application fees have been required for UK citizens, although Sri Lanka have also been issues tourist visas free of charge in recent times to assist their tourism industry. Please visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/sri-lanka/entry-requirements* for more information.

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Visas are not required for UK citizens. Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into the UAE.

Travel Insurance: 

It’s important to have relevant travel insurance in place for groups travelling on overseas sports tours.  This can entail purchasing specialist sports travel insurance since many standard travel insurance policies do not protect travellers taking part in competitive sport, or for certain activities altogether.

As a condition of booking you are required to take out adequate travel insurance for yourself and all members of the tour party/group. Such travel insurance should cover you and all members of your tour party/group against the cost of cancellation by you/them, the cost of assistance, including repatriation, in the event of accident or illness or death, loss of or damage to baggage/equipment, loss of money and other expenses. It must also include cover for all activities you have booked including cover for sports injuries or fatalities for sports participants. It is a condition of us accepting your booking that you have made adequate insurance provision to cover all members of your tour party/group. Travel Insurance should be in place from the date the booking is confirmed and deposit is paid.

If you travel without adequate travel insurance cover, we will not be liable to you for any losses howsoever arising where cover would otherwise have been available.

If you would like to know more about anything regarding a tour, please contact us and refer to our terms and conditions. We also provide sports insurance information within our booking terms and conditions

Coronavirus Testing Kits

To ensure our groups are ‘Fit to Travel’, we’ve teamed up with rightangled* and can provide a 10% discount code on their COVID-19 testing kit. 

Rightangled’s simple and easy COVID-19 test will tell you if you’re infected with coronavirus when taking your sample at home. It will test for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes coronavirus. Fit to Fly Covid-19 PCR test travel certificates are included in their price and your results will be available online within 24 hours. Rightangled are healthcare provider registered by the Care Quality Commission, the independent regulator and inspector of all healthcare services in England.

To obtain a testing kit and receive your 10% discount, please visit https://www.rightangled.co/product/covid-19-test* and enter the discount code ‘SPORTAGROUP10’ at the checkout.* By following these links, you are leaving our website and we are not responsible for the content of the third party site