Weekly holiday review 11th September 2020

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Yesterday, it was announced that travellers returning to England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales from mainland Portugal, Hungary and Réunion would be required to self-isolate for 14 days. The rules come into place from 4am on Saturday morning.  England requires people arriving from French Polynesia to quarantine. Travel to the Azores and Madeira is not affected.

The good news is that Sweden has been taken off the quarantine list so you can now travel there without the need to self-isolate on your return.

The Westminster government announced that it would ban gatherings – including families – of more than six people as from Monday 14th of September due to an increase in the number of infections. The Welsh government will announce the same today. In Northern Ireland this rule already applies. There is a list of exemptions such as schools and universities. This is likely to have an effect on some holidays as bookings will have been taken for family groups  such as parents with two children and both sets of grandparents, stag and hen parties or sports groups.

It will also hit the holiday home market where probably more than a quarter of all homes can accommodate more than six people.

But in Scotland the approach which is also limited to six people meeting is slightly different because  it doesn’t include children under 12.

 Following is some other news from destinations Britons visit

Barbados – From 14 September, those arriving from the UK will be monitored each day for seven days. A second COVID PCR test may be taken 7 days after arrival. If that proves negative, no further monitoring will be required. If the test is not taken, monitoring will continue for a further seven days. Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 will be placed in isolation until they have recovered. People may also be required to quarantine at any stage of your visit if the Government of Barbados deems that you have come into close contact with a COVID-19 positive individual.

China – From 7th September, alongside a health declaration form, you must provide evidence of a negative test for COVID-19 taken no more than 3 days (previously 5 days) before you travel.

Egypt – Visitors to Hurghada, Sharm El Sheikh, and Marsa Matrouh who do not evidence of a negative PCR test will need to undergo testing on arrival for a fee of $US30. After testing you will be required to self-isolate at your hotel until you receive your test result. Test results are expected to become available within 12-24 hours. If your test result is positive, you will probably have to self-isolate for up to 14 days in a special room within your hotel.

Greece – The Welsh government has now added the islands of Santorini, Serifos and Timos to the list of “Don’t fly” destinations bringing it into line with the Westminster government. The new rules apply as from last Wednesday, September 9th. Neither Serifos or Timos have airports so must be visited by ferry, Tickets then wouldn’t show you visiting these islands. How can the authorities be sure

St Vincent and the Grenadines – All travellers must complete a pre-arrival questionnaire. Travellers from the UK must have a negative result of a COVID-19 test done no more than 5 days before arrival and you will be retested on arrival.  You then must quarantine for forty-eight to seventy-two hours at a government-approved hotel to await clearance. In addition there has been an upsurge in Dengue fever cases was reported. The advice is to avoid being bitten by mosquitos.

Turkey – As of 8 September the wearing of masks is mandatory at all times outside the home throughout Turkey

In measuring the number of cases registered each week in comparison to the previous week, may Just about Travel remind readers that we are using the 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 as revealed by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control website. Even these figures are misleading because they are country wide and many outbreaks are regional.

Both the Irish and British governments are looking at destinations where the upsurge per 100,000 cases over a 14-day rolling period is greater than their own countries.

In cases where it is substantially higher, potential holidaymakers and travellers must make their own minds up as to whether their governments might impose a “don’t fly” ban and what effect that would have on them. Remember also that countries we might want to visit and are allowed to do so might ban UK and Irish residents because of the levels of infection.

As a benchmark the latest 14 day figure for Ireland is 38.9 up from 31.2 last week, and for the UK it is 41.7 up from 27.2.

Austria – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 59.7 up on last week’s 43.9.

Belgium – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 52.4 up on last week’s 48.7.

Croatia -14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 91.4 down slightly from last week’s 92.4.

Cyprus – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 4.1 down from 11.8.

Czech Republic (Czechia) – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 85.6 up from 50.8

Denmark – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 39.6 up from from 22.7

Estonia – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 20.8 up from 16.4

Finland – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 8.2 up from 6.5

France – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 140.6 up from 105.

Germany -14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 20.9 up from 19.3.

Greece – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 27.2 slightly down from 28.6

Italy – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 27.8 up from 31.9. The island of Sardinia is seeing a greater spike

Latvia – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is constant at 4.3.

Lithuania – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is down slightly at 15.6 from 16.1

Malta – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 68.9 down from 92.4.

Netherlands -14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 57.2 up from 42.8.

Norway – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 23.3 up from 16.4

Poland -14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 20.4 down from 25.7.

Portugal – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 53.1 up from 39.5

Slovakia – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 25.6 up from 19.5

Slovenia – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 30.4 up from 24.3

Spain – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 265.5 up from 235.6

Sweden – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 24.7 down a whisker from 24.9

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