Weekly holiday review: 18th September 2020

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Krabi in Thailand in now on the UK green list

Yesterday there was more confusion for travellers because of a differing
attitude between the four nations.

The Westminster (England) and Scottish governments agreed that people
travelling to and from Singapore and Thailand are not required to quarantine as from 4am on Saturday.

Wales agreed with the other two nations about Thailand but not Singapore. It said – unlike the other two – that people returning from Gibraltar had no need to quarantine for 14 days.

All three nations agreed that people returning from Guadeloupe and Slovenia must undertake a 14 day quarantine due to the high incidences of their virus there.

In the Republic of Ireland, seven destinations have been added to the
green list: Cyprus, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania and
Poland. Countries removed from it are Estonia, Greece, Greenland, Hungary, Italy, Norway and Slovakia. Irish changes take effect from next Monday.

As yet there is no news about changes that the Northern Ireland government might make.

Following is news about commonly visited destinations

Bosnia and Herzegovina – Visitors need a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test result not older than 48 hours in order to enter the country.

Italy – If you are travelling to the island of Sardinia, you are also required by the local authority to demonstrate that you have received a negative COVID test in the last 48 hours, or agree to take one when you arrive in Sardinia. More information on these requirements is available on the regional website of Sardinia

Jordan- the main international airport has re-opened. Before travelling visitors must register on the Visit Jordan website and have PCR tests before departure and on arrival (cost about $56).

Latvia – Although Latvia is on the UK’s and Irish green travel list, Latvia considers the UK  and Ireland to be a high-risk area and all passengers arriving will need to self-quarantine on arrival in Latvia for 10 days.

Lithuania – All residents from the UK and Ireland visiting Lithuania will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test on arrival. This is in addition to the requirement to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival. The test must be a PCR swab test. The test must be taken no earlier than 72 hours before arrival. Lithuanian border authorities will not consider text message confirmation of results as sufficient proof – proof of results must include the name of the individual, along with the date and time of the test. Individuals travelling to Lithuania will also need to complete a registration form prior to arrival.

Maldives – All tourists and short term visitors must present a negative PCR test for COVID-19 on arrival to Maldives. The test and negative PCR certificate must be issued no more than 72 hours prior to departure. Visitors will also have to complete a health form 24 hours before departure to the Maldives.

Mexico’s Mayan monuments have started gradually reopening. Ruins at Tulum and Coba and the pyramids at Teotihuacan have reopened while
others will open later. For all, capacity is capped limited to 30% of normal
levels, masks are compulsory and the social distancing is 1.5 metres. Both
British and Irish visitors are advised not to travel to Mexico at present.

Netherlands – For those aged 13 and over, non-medical face masks must be worn on public transport. In stations, in platforms and at bus and tram stops face masks are not required, but you must stay 1.5 metres away from others. For other shared forms of transport, such as taxis, passenger vans and coaches, reservations should be made in advance and you must wear a non-medical face mask. If you’re travelling in a car or other private vehicle, you are advised to wear non-medical face masks if there are two or more people in the vehicle who belong to different households. The wearing of face masks is mandatory on board ferries and in ferry terminals.
From 26 October, there will be direct train services from London to Rotterdam and Amsterdam.

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 57.4 up from 38.9
last week, and for the UK it is 61.8 up from 41.7.

Austria – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 88.9 up on last week’s 59.7.

Belgium – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 93.4 up on last week’s 52.4.

Croatia -14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 78.1 down from last week’s 91.4.

Cyprus – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 6.9 up from 4.1.

Czech Republic (Czechia) – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per
100 000 is 166.2 up from 85.6

Denmark – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 69.2 up from from 39.6

Estonia – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 25.4 up from 20.8

Finland – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 10.9 up from 8.2

France – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 172.1 up from 140.6.

Germany -14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 24.3 up from 20.9.

Greece – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 31.7
up from 27.2

Italy – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 33.3 up
from 31.9.

Latvia – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 4.4, up by the small margin of 0.1 over last week’s 4.3

Lithuania – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is down slightly at 18.1 from 15.6

Malta – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 127.4 way up from 68.9.

Netherlands -14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 90.2 up from 57.2.

Norway – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 27.5 up from 23.3

Poland -14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 19.6 down from 20.4.

Portugal – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 71.5 up from 53.1

Slovakia – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 34.1 up from 25.6

Slovenia – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 48.9 up from 30.4

Spain – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 292.2 up from 265.5

Sweden – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 30.3 up from 24.7

 

 

 

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