Is travelling getting to be a chore?

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Do you remember the good old days when you booked a trip, dug out your passport, flew out and an hour after landing you had your feet up on a sun lounger by the resort’s pool?

Dominica appealing accommodation for tourists

It was only a year ago but it is beginning to feel like an eternity.

What brought it to mind was the news from the Caribbean island of Dominica about new travel regulations.

It has decided that arriving passengers must complete an online questionnaire 24 hours before arrival. Also prior to arrival each passenger must have had a PCR swab test no earlier than 72 hours before arrival and that must have proven to be negative.

A Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT) will be taken on arrival. If the RDT is negative, then the traveller must self-isolate in a government operated or government certified facility for five days before having a further PCR test. If the RDT is positive, then a further PCR swab test will be carried out. This will be at the traveller’s expense.

If the PCR test is positive, a mandatory 14 day quarantine will be necessary, in a government facility for which fees will be charged.

After having gone through all of that you might have thought you could lie back and enjoy your holiday but I am sure that some holidaymakers will still have concern in their minds because before leaving the country to return home, you will have to have another PCR test with a negative test before you are allowed to leave.

It all seems complicated yet would it be wrong to criticise it when it is all done in the name of public health and safety?

Is this a way other countries might follow?

On the other hand, the similarly named but completely different Dominican Republic has new measures to attract more travellers. From the end of September it is eliminating the need for pre-entry Covid-19 PCR negative tests and will instead impose random testing on arrival including diagnostic breath tests.

hump back whale
The hump-back whale sanctuary on the coast of the Dominican Republic

Guests staying at hotels will receive a free travel insurance plan covering emergencies, telemedicine, and costs toward an extended stay and flight changes in the event of an infection. It is valid for all guests until December 2020.

Both countries are concerned about health and safety and both are concerned about their local populations but both operate very different policies.

Which approach would lure you to a winter sun destination?

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