Is it safe to travel to China?
As of 23 January 2020, the FCO changed the level of advice regarding Wuhan city, Hubei Province in China, to advise against all but essential travel to Wuhan city, Hubei Province. This advice is for those intending to travel to China now. It is changing daily and we fully expect this to change again. A full update on Links Travel & Tours policy for traveller can be found here.
We recommend you visit the Foreign Office website by clicking here before you travel, for up to date travel advice.
I've booked with you to travel to China, can I cancel?
All clients due to travel in March 2020 have been contacted with the options available to them.
April & May Departures
We are happy to waive any Links Travel & Tours amendment fees if you wish to move your tour to a later date or book a different tour with us. However, you will need to pay any difference in tour costs and flight amendment fees. If you wish to cancel, standard cancellation fees will apply.
Should we be unable to offer your chosen tour (due to the FCO travel advice remaining unchanged or the major sights being closed), we will contact you three weeks before your planned departure date. You will then be able to cancel your booking free of charge. We will, of course, endeavour to help you make arrangements for an alternative tour should you wish.
June Departures Onwards
If you wish to amend or cancel your booking, standard terms and conditions apply as detailed in your booking confirmation.
A full update on Links Travel & Tours policy for travellers can be found here
What should I do if I need advice and reassurance about travelling to China?
Please feel free to contact us for advice and reassurance if you have already booked, or are thinking of booking a holiday to China. Our staff are on hand to listen and help, as much as they can.
Please call 020 8543 8133
Types of Tours
What types of tours do you provide?
Links Travel & Tours supplies Group Tours, Tailor-Made Journeys, Semi-Escorted and Private tours.
What is a Group Tour?
For the Group Tour you will be sharing the transport, guides and meals with other passengers – this is the option we recommend for those who like a fixed schedule, pre-ordered meals and enjoy meeting other people. They normally have restricted departure dates.
What is a Private Tour?
The Private Tour is a lot more flexible and better suited to travellers who have particular sights and activities in mind, that are not covered in the Group Tours. You will have private transport and a guide throughout your stay. All our Group Tours are available as a Private Tour.
What is a Tailor-Made Journey?
These are itineraries that are tailored to your specific requirements, including attractions, hotels, transport and flights. We have a selection of tailor-made itineraries on our website, which can be used as inspiration for your own tour, or followed as described.
What is a Semi-Escorted Tour?
Available in Japan only, our semi-escorted tours are ideal for the traveller who is looking to see the country at their own pace. They allow you the freedom to choose what to see, when, and how long to spend in each location. They provide total independence along with support and advice from the experts at Links Travel & Tours, plus you will still have the services of guides and assistants on certain days for arrival transfers and city tours
Does the tour price include entrance fee’s to the sights listed?
Yes – all entrance fees are included in the price.
Does the tour include all transfers to/from sights/hotels/airports?
Yes – all transfers are included in the price (unless otherwise stated on your itinerary).
Upon your arrival at the airport, the Guide will be waiting for you in the arrivals hall holding up a sign with your name on it. For the daily excursions and transfers, the guide will assign a time to meet in the lobby of the hotel. The guide will provide their contact number for you, in case you need assistance outside the hours of the sight-seeing activities. If you booked a holiday without transfers, your local representative will make contact with you at the hotel and leave their contact details for you.
How to make a booking
Contact the Links Travel & Tours office
Once you have decided to book a holiday to Asia, either email of phone the Links Travel & Tours office to discuss your tour. We will then send you a quote.
How to confirm a reservation
Once you have checked the quote and are happy with the itinerary and flights, let your Personal Travel Adviser know, and pay your deposit.
What are the payment terms for deposits and the final balance?
A deposit of £300 is required from each traveller to secure a booking, the outstanding balance should be paid within 8 weeks of departure.
How can I pay?
We can accept payments by cash, cheques, debit cards and credit cards. Please note a 2% surcharge applies to credit card payments.
Is my money safe?
All holidays and flights shown on our website and in our brochure are ATOL protected. We hold an Air Travel Organisers License granted by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is 9837. In the unlikely event of our insolvency, the CAA will ensure that you are not stranded abroad and will arrange to refund any money you have paid to us for an advance booking. For further information, please visit the ATOL website.
Will I receive written confirmation of my booking?
Yes, upon receipt of your completed booking form and payment, we shall issue you with written confirmation and an ATOL certificate.
Will I be protected in the case of external events like volcano ash or airline strikes?
Acts of nature, warfare and industrial action is not something we can predict or be liable for. If something happens to alter your plans before departure we shall inform you immediately of possible alternatives. If something occurs while you are abroad our local representative will be on hand to assist.
What are your booking terms and conditions?
Our terms and conditions are available for you to read on our website.
Visas and Passports
Do I need a passport?
Yes, you will require a valid passport with blank pages for a visa and at least 6 months remaining from your proposed destination departure date. If your passport is within 6 months of expiry please apply for a renewal.
Do I need a visa?
You will probably require a visa to travel to our destinations, with each country having different systems.
China Visa Reequirements
Most foreign visitors require a valid visa to enter China. A two year multiple entry visa will be issued allowing for the possibility of return trips to China within the two year time frame. British Citizen visitors can enter Hong Kong and Macau visa free for 180 days.
Japan Visa Requirements
Nationals of many countries are eligible to enter Japan without a visa unless the purpose of the visit is to reside in Japan, to obtain employment or to otherwise engage in remunerative activities.
Sri Lanka Visa Requirements
You need a Tourist Visa which will be valid for double entry for 30 days to travel to Sri Lanka.
Vietnam Visa Requirements
British passport holders can enter Vietnam for up to 15 days without a visa, for travel up to 30 June 2021. Your passport must be valid for a minimum of 6 months at the date of entry.
Cambodia and Laos Visa Requirements
Visas for Laos and Cambodia can be obtained upon arrival for US$35.
Thailand Visa Requirements
British passport holders arriving by air or land, can enter Thailand for 30 days without a visa, but you can only enter Thailand through a land border twice per calendar year. To cross more frequently, you’ll need to get a visa in advance of travelling. This doesn’t apply to entry by air into Thailand.
South Korea Visa Requirements
If you have a British Citizen passport you can enter South Korea as a tourist for up to 90 days without a visa. You must also have an onward or return ticket.
Is my date set in stone?
Once you have booked a flight, any changes to dates will incur a fee, or may need to be entirely rebooked. For this reason you must ensure that you are available to fly on the dates specified.
Are there any upgrades available?
You can upgrade you r flight, just let us know at the time of booking.
Where will I fly from?
Most of our tours include flights from London, but we are happy to arrange flights from regional UK airports, on request. Just let us know at the time of booking.
I have already booked flights.
We have many customers who arrange their own flights and then take a Land Only tour with us. We would ask you to provide details such as the Airline, Flight Number, Arrival and Departure Times and Dates so we can tailor your tour and synchronise with the local guide.
How strenuous are the tours?
Many sites across Asia require a fair level of physical activity. The sheer scale of some attractions means walking is involved.
What should I do if I have mobility issues?
Our local representatives will do their utmost to accommodate any requests, and where possible, suggest alternative routes.
Please advise us of any special needs in advance, and we will do our utmost to provide support, including wheelchair assistance.
Is tipping expected?
While it may not always be expected, tips can go a long way and are a great way to show your appreciation.
Who should I tip?
We would generally suggest that you should tip your guide/driver and we can advise you on appropriate amounts. It is also considered proper to make a small donation to temples, especially if the monks have shown you around.
Do I need Travel Insurance for my trip to Asia?
Yes, there’s only one thing worse than having to make an insurance claim for some misfortune that may have occurred on holiday – and that’s not being able to make a claim because you’re not properly insured. Travel insurance is a necessity should you become unwell, either before or during your holiday. It not only protects you financially, it ensures the quality of overseas medical care is of a standard you would expect. It also covers emergency repatriation, should it be deemed necessary.
Who do you recommend?
Links Travel & Tours have teamed up with Holiday Extras to offer our customers a bespoke insurance product that is ideal for our holidays. Holiday Extras are fully authorised and regulated by the FSA, and Links Travel & Tours is an Appointed Representative of Holiday Extras, and as such are authorised to provide travel insurance.
When embarking on any holiday, it is important that your insurance cover level is right. The wide range of policies available means that they are sure to have the cover you need for your trip. Single Trip cover is available for a one-off break, while an Annual Multi-Trip policy will cover all your trips throughout the year.
The policy contains restrictions regarding pre-existing medical problems concerning the health of the people travelling and of other people upon whose health the holiday may depend – even if they are not travelling. Holiday Extras can offer specific travel insurance policies for people with pre-existing conditions so please tell us about these in order for us to quote you appropriately.
Please feel free to contact us today to receive a quote for your travel insurance.
Foreign & Commonwealth (FCO) Advice
Does the Government issue advice on travelling to Asia?
Yes, we recommend that you check the Foreign & Commonwealth Office website before travelling, for up to date advice.