Powder Byrne Travel and Safety Advice
We want you to have a safe and enjoyable holiday and our properties and programmes are continually audited to ensure they adhere to necessary health & safety standards. Please remember that when you are in a foreign country you should exercise more care than you do at home. Part of the enjoyment of travelling abroad is experiencing a different way of life and culture, however this may also mean experiencing different safety and hygiene standards than those found in the UK.
At Powder Byrne we are continually working with our suppliers to ensure strict safety standards and we will do our best to ensure that your holiday is safe and trouble free. We do ask that you take that little bit of extra care whilst you are away and would like to bring to your attention the following points.
Powder Byrne Covid-19 Update:
The health and safety of our clients is our top priority.
Our Covid-19 policies are to ensure the measures are taken in order to reduce the chance of transmission and infection whilst on holiday. In order to do this we will operate, strongly advocate and advise our clients and partners to follow our Covid-19 overarching protocols which are as follows;
1. Everyone should wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water and regularly use alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
2. Everyone should follow the local rules and regulations regarding Covid-19 health, safety, testing, self-isolation, and quarantine protocols.
The suppliers providing your holiday, including airlines, hotels and excursion providers, will need to comply with national and/or local guidance and requirements relating to Covid-19, and have implemented certain measures as a result. This will likely include specific requirements regarding personal protective equipment, such as use of face-masks by staff (and you may be required to wear a face-mask as well), social distancing, maximum number restrictions on the use of certain facilities, designated alternative entrance and exit routes, mandatory hand sanitisation, limited entertainment options and limited food/drink availability. We do not expect these measures to have a significant impact on your enjoyment of the holiday and all measures will be taken with the purpose of securing your safety and those around you.
Swimming Pool Safety:
If you or any of your party choose to participate in cycling activities during your holiday the availability of protective headgear can vary from destination to destination and therefore we cannot guarantee that headgear will be provided or will be to the same standard as those available in the UK. You are welcome to bring your own headgear should you prefer. NB For all children participating in cycling as part of our PB programmes helmets will be provided by our local supplier which meet the standard of EU safety regulations.
Horse Riding Safety:
If you or any of your party choose to participate in horse riding activities during your holiday the availability of protective headgear can vary from destination to destination and therefore we cannot guarantee that headgear will be provided or will be to the same standard as those available in the UK. You are welcome to bring your own headgear should you prefer.
If you or any of your party choose to participate in water craft activities please use the buoyancy aids and/or personal flotation devices when partaking in any waterborne activity. Safety helmets should also be worn when partaking in white water rafting.
General Resort Safety:
Cots & Highchair Safety:
In addition to the information provided we recommend that you visit the government’s official FCDO Travel Advice website at https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice which helps British Travellers make informed decisions about travelling abroad.
We strongly advise that you obtain a UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC). This card lets you get state healthcare in Europe at a reduced cost or sometimes for free. Full details of this scheme and how to apply can be found here – https://www.gov.uk/global-health-insurance-card
If you already have a UK European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) it will be valid until the expiry date on the card. Once it expires, you’ll need to apply for a GHIC to replace it.
Other Important Travel and Resort information:
Lost / Damaged Luggage
In the event we are contacted concerning your luggage at any time, we will inform you and endeavour to assist in its return. If your luggage is damaged or fails to arrive at either your destination or home airport, please inform the relevant airline handling office at the airport and complete a Property Irregularity Report (PIR). Failure to complete this form may result in your insurance company not reimbursing you if your luggage is “declared lost” by the airline.
Enhanced Security Checks on Electronic Devices
Customers may be asked to turn on any electrical or battery powered devices such as telephones, tablets, e-books and laptops in front of security teams and/or demonstrate the item’s functionality. If, when asked to do so, you are unable to demonstrate that the device has power, the device will not be allowed to travel on your planned service.
Please do all you can to ensure that items you bring with you are fully powered before you arrive at the airport. Please do not bring any broken devices in your hand luggage to the airport as they will not be able to travel.
If you are flying as a transfer customer, especially those on long journeys, please make sure that you do not deplete power in the devices on the first part of your journey. There will be very limited charging points at airports.
Customers are still able to use their electronic devices on board subject to the normal operating rules.
Airport transfers – We always provide seat belts, baby seats, child seats and booster cushions in our minibuses for airport transfers.
Local transportation – For trips around resort and the local area children of 3 years and under are always provided with the appropriate baby or child seat. Due to logistical reasons we are unable to provide booster seats for children of 4 years and over, although adult seat belts will always be provided and our staff will ensure that the children wear them at all times. If you require your child to
have a booster seat for local journeys then please bring the appropriate seat with you.
Childcare Teams and Safety Policies
Nothing is more important to us than the safety of the children in our care, and for this reason all Powder Byrne children’s programme staff are DBS checked or equivalent, in addition to our normal recruitment referencing procedure. Occasionally we recruit local staff to assist our teams in resort, including babysitters, from whom it is not possible to obtain a DBS check.
In the interests of safety, and for the benefit of all the children in our programmes we reserve the right to ask a child to leave the programme if they are disruptive or refuse to follow the directions of our programme managers or instructors.
If your child suffers from any allergies or requires any form of medication please inform our staff at the time of registration. For safety reasons Powder Byrne does not hold any medication in our facilities and parents are asked to provide all necessary medication required; this can be administered by our staff upon completion of a medicine form.
Baby listening devices
In the interest of safety Powder Byrne does not recommend children be left unattended in hotel rooms at any time. Baby listening devices may be available; however they should not be relied on for your child’s safety.
Medical Emergencies in Resort
Please contact a member of the Powder Byrne Resort staff as soon as possible, who will be able to assist with your emergency. Local contact numbers for Powder Byrne staff will be given to you on your final itinerary. Should there not be Powder Byrne staff in your chosen resort during your stay, your hotel reception will be able to provide details of emergency services and their contact numbers.