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Q. Will I need to complete an entry form to enter Sardinia & Returning to the UK?

A. Yes, Please ensure that you have completed the on-line registration form required to enter Sardinia at least 48 Hours before you arrive. If you have not completed and submitted this more than 48 hours prior to your arrival, you will be refused entry. (the form is NOT available in printed form aboard planes or ships).

In addition, within the 48 Hours prior to your arrival in Sardinia you will also be required to complete a “declaration of health” following the link that you will receive after registration or by using the App Sardegna Sicura.

You will need the names & address of your accommodations in Sardinia to complete the form, the address can be found in the contacts section of your TravelPal App, each passenger 16 years or over will have to fill in a separate form. Children under 16 can be added to one of the adult forms.

Please note: If you are travelling under a British Passport ensure that you have unticked the Italian nationality tick box under the “Name” section. Should you need any help completing these forms please contact us.

Click here to complete the form> Or download the App “Sardegna SiCura” on Play Store or Apple Store

Please also be aware that your temperature may be taken and you may also be required to complete a further declaration of health at check-in at your UK departure airport. You will be also required to wear an approved face-covering from the moment of entry into the UK airport building to the moment of exit of your destination airport, including throughout the duration of your flight. Please bear in mind the average effective life of a mask is around 4 hours so please ensure you have an adequate supply for both your outward and return journeys. 

RETURNING TO THE UK
Prior to returning to the UK, you will be required to provide contact details of where you can be traced during the 14 days following your re-entry. The details are to be provided on-line, within 48 hours prior to your scheduled arrival time in the UK and MUST be completed prior to your arrival back in the UK. Failure to comply with this requirement can result in difficulties in re-entering the UK and the possibility of a fine.

Further details can be found on the following links:
https://www.gov.uk/uk-border-control
https://www.gov.uk/provide-journey-contact-details-before-travel-uk

Q. Is it expensive to eat out in Sardinia?

A. The cost of eating out is about the same as in the UK and prices vary depending on the type of restaurant. You can eat out in typical Italian Pizzerias cheaply, with a large pizza costing from €5-€8 each and a carafe of wine for about €8-€10 for 1 litre. At the other end of the scale, seafood restaurants can be pricey with fresh fish being charged per kilo. Most restaurants display their menus outside so you can check the price before sitting down. Like the rest of Italy, most restaurants make a cover charge per person.

 

Q. What is the difference between North and South?

A. The whole island is beautiful; however the main difference is in the scenery. In the North the beaches tend to be small sandy coves and bays with clear blue sea particularly turquoise in the north east with amazing rock formations and the Maddalena islands and National Marine Park to explore. Although there are mountains all over the island the South they extend nearer the coast especially along the east coast where cliffs plunge into the emerald sea with satellite white sand beaches interspersed, which can be long in places e.g. Costa Rei (SE) and at Chia (SW).
 

Q. How big is the island?

A. The island is about the size of Wales! It is the second biggest island in the Med (after Sicily) 24,090km2 (9,300 miles2).
 

Q. How long does it take to drive from North to South, East to West?

A. It takes about 4 hours to drive North to South, and 2 1/2 hours from West to East depending on where you cross as from Alghero (NW) to Olbia (NE) takes approximately 1 1/4 hours. There are no motorways as such but good A roads such as from Sassari to Cagliari and from Sassari to Olbia.
 

Q. What are the roads like and driving in Sardinia?

A. Driving in Sardinia is quite easy, there is less traffic than in the UK (except in Cagliari, the capital!) There are plenty of road signs, but we recommend you buy a map! The roads can be quite windy in some of the more mountainous areas. Don’t forget they drive on the right and it is Italian law to drive with your lights on at all times!
 

Q. What is full board?

A. Full board includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.
 

Q. What is half board?

A. Half board includes breakfast and dinner.
 

Q. What is All Inclusive?

A. All Inclusive includes some drinks, breakfast, lunch and dinner.
 

Q. What is the weather like in Sardinia?

A. Sardinia has a pleasant 6 month summer, hot and dry from May to October but often with a breeze due to its location in the centre of the Mediterranean. The winter months are mild with a good amount of sunshine, particularly in March and April when all the flowers are out and it can be hot during the daytime and cooler in the evenings.

Climate graph >
 

Q. What is the sea temperature like?

A. The sea temperature is obviously warmest in July and August and generally stays warm in September and October. Although the outside temperatures can be high in May and June, the sea is usually cooler and generally takes until July to really warm up.

Climate Chart >
 

Q. Do you use coaches for airport transfers, and do you stop at other hotels on the way?

A. Most of our transfers are a minibus or taxi, occasionally it may be necessary to use a coach transfer. Please note that the transfer may drop off and pick up guests at other Just Sardinia hotels en route to or from your accommodation or airport. If you would prefer to guarantee a private transfer a supplement will apply, please call for details.
 

Q. What is the time difference?

A. Sardinia is one hour ahead of the UK.
 

Q. How much is the deposit and when do I pay the balance?

A. The deposit is £120 per person at time of booking, and then the balance must be paid 8 weeks before travel. A reminder will be sent via email 9 weeks before departure for your balance.
 

Q. Do you charge for use of credit cards?

A. We do not charge for the use of Debit or Credit cards.
 

Q. Can you buy 'normal' baby food, baby milk and nappies in Sardinia?

A. Baby food can be bought in local supermarkets and pharmacies; however it is unusual to find the same brands as in the UK. Nappies can also be found in local supermarkets. Baby milk is only sold in pharmacies behind the counter on request and beware it is very expensive and you are unlikely to find the same brands as in the UK so do take your own.
 

Q. Do many people speak English?

A. Quite a few Italians will speak a little English in local restaurants (menus are often translated into English) and shops if you are in an area which attracts tourists. In the hotels there is almost always English speaking staff. Inland fewer people will speak English.
 

Q. How many British people are there compared to other nationalities in Sardinia on holiday?

A. There is a mix of nationalities visiting Sardinia but predominantly Italians holiday in Sardinia particularly in August. There is a growing number of British visiting Sardinia with a mix of French, Scandinavian and Germans but no majority of one nationality over another.
 

Q. Are there coach tours of Sardinia?

A. We do not offer coach tours of Sardinia, but we can arrange tailor made self-drive tours for our customers (see Tour Sardinia in the brochure or on our website). Some of the hotels offer half day or full day excursions to see more of the island by minibus (depending on numbers).
 

Q. Are there lots of mosquitoes?

A. There are no more mosquitoes in Sardinia than any other Mediterranean island and some areas and or hotels are sprayed in the summer months to alleviate any problem. It is worthwhile taking precautions eg insect repellent particularly at dusk if you or your family tend to get bitten and use an electric repellent plug in your bedrooms.
 

Q. Is the tap water safe to drink?

A. Yes, the tap water is fine to drink unless otherwise stated. Bottled water is readily available in supermarkets, shops, restaurants and bars either still (aqua naturale) or sparkling (aqua frizzante).
 

Q. Is there a difference in temperature between North and South?

A. There is a slight difference in temperature, the South being 2 or 3 degrees centigrade warmer.
 

Q. How many airports are there?

A. There are three main airports, Alghero (North West), Olbia (North East) and Cagliari (South).
 

Q. Are the cars air conditioned?

A. Yes, all our cars have air conditioning. See Car Hire.
 

Q. Will the hotels cater for food allergies?

A. Most hotels are very accommodating and are used to catering for a whole range of tastes. However, if you have a severe food allergy it is best to let us know so we can speak to the hotel before you go. You must also speak to the hotel when you arrive.
 

Q. Are there kettles?

A. It is unusual to find kettles in Sardinia, so if you like a cup of tea in the morning it is best to take your own travel kettle.
 

Q. What plug sockets do they use in Sardinia?

A. 2 pin 220-240 volts. You will need to take a standard European plug adapter on holiday with you.
 

Q. What is public transport like in Sardinia?

A. The public transport is not as well structured as in the UK. There are local buses that operate in certain towns and the blue buses from town to town and longer distances. In the summer the buses are more frequent than the winter. We would recommend hiring a car if you like to explore and not rely on public transport too much to get around! Click here for bus timetables and details.
 

Q. What is an Agriturismo?

A. Agriturismo’s are usually found in the countryside and can be farms, guesthouses, bed & breakfast and most commonly restaurants. They usually offer a set menu dinner (about €30 per person) with local traditional cuisine using either home or locally grown/produced ingredients. In Sardinia expect anti pasti with cured hams, sausage, salami, cheese, olives, bread etc, followed by traditional homemade pasta with ricotta cheese and tomato and basil sauce followed by roasted suckling pig and rosemary potatoes and for sweet seadas which is a pancake usually served with local honey and homemade biscuits. Locally produced wine is served by the jug.
 

Q. When is siesta and what will be open when?

A. This varies in different areas, but can be any time between 12pm and 4pm, when most shops will be closed but most shops open again between 4pm or 5pm and 7pm or 8pm.
 

Q. Can I go on holiday to Sardinia in the winter?

A. The island is seasonal and most hotels are open from April/May to September/October. However, we do offer some hotels, particularly in the larger airport towns, which are open all year round and some hotels, villas and apartments that open earlier to take advantage of the lovely spring weather.
 

Q. Are there any passport, visa or inoculation requirements to travel to Sardinia?

A. You should make sure the date you are travelling home is 6 months before the expiry date of your passport, there are no current visa or inoculations required if travelling from the UK.

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