Updated 13th May 2021:
Overseas Tours and Travel in 2021
Following the Government update of 7th May, a list of countries have now been agreed for the ‘traffic light’ system linked to the reopening of international travel. Full details on exactly how this will work can be seen on the Government Foreign Office website link below:

Red, Amber and Green List Countries and rules when entering UK

In terms of how this affects the tours that we are still offering for 2021, much of it is still very much a watch and wait to see how things develop in terms of the vaccination programme across the world. Countries are being reviewed on a three weekly basis and can change quickly, but we will not be running any tours that are red-listed or involve transiting through a red-listed country. However, we are still optimistic about the following tours for 2021:

Overseas Tours likely to run:


NORTHERN SPAIN: Wildcats, Wolves & Wallcreepers


FRANCE: Ouessant Island searching for rare & scarce migrants
4 places remaining

GHANA: Upper Guinea Forest Birding Special


MINNESOTA: Canada Lynx and Northern Owls
Just 2 places remaining

ESTONIA: Lynx Quest!


We are offering day and evening tours in Devon. Specialities include Cirl Bunting, Dartford Warbler, Dipper, Nightjar and more. We also offer tailor made days for butterflies & dragonflies as well as daily evening beaver & otter tours.  Visit our sister company for more details: Devon Beaver & Wildlife Tours

UK Tours likely to run:


DEVON & CORNWALL: Skuas, Shearwaters & Waders


ISLES of SCILLY: Autumn Birding Gold 

If you are considering travelling overseas again, then you may find the following summary helpful.

What to expect when travelling by air now?
In addition to the now expected face coverings, hand sanitising stations and social distancing, the following are just a few points that are now becoming normal practice at airports:

  • Evidence of a negative PCR Test for Covid-19 is becoming a mandatory requirement for many international flights before being granted access to board your flight.
  • Test centres will become a normal formality at UK airports where these certificates can be obtained prior to departure. 
  • Temperature checks on arrival at airports.
  • Many destinations require the need to quarantine on arrival back into the UK for up to 10 days and further PCR Covid-19 tests to be taken.
  • You can read the latest guidance from the Foreign on safer air travel can be found on the FCDO website.

Travel Insurance
Most travel insurance companies now have varying degrees of Covid cover and need careful reading of their policies to be sure of what exactly is covered.

Cancellations & Refunds due to Covid-19
If we are forced to cancel a tour due to FCDO Travel Advice, we will offer you:
1 – an automatic credit transfer to reserve a place on the same tour departing in 2022.
2 – a credit transfer to use on a different Wise Birding tour in the future.
3 – or a full refund.
Please note if you choose to cancel your holiday before we officially cancel a tour, our standard booking terms & conditions will apply.

Finally, we would like to thank all our customers for their continued support and trust in Wise Birding Holidays and we very much look forward to travelling with you again when it is safe to do so. In the meantime, please do keep in touch and we wish you a healthy and peaceful 2021.

Great Grey Owl, Minnesota by Chris Townend