Weekly holiday review – 25th September 2020

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Windsor Bridge in Gibraltar
The Windsor Bridge in Gibraltar. You now need to complete a Passenger Locator Form on arrival there. Image © Gibraltar Tourist Board

Last week at the Transport Select Committee, Alex Cruz – the boss of British Airways – said that even in 2019, the purchase by business people of premium class seats hadn’t reached the levels seen before the financial crisis of 2008.

Unusually, the industry is relying on you and me – the leisure passenger – to fill seats on aircraft.

This week the World Aviation Congress has been taking place but in a virtual state. No airline boss that I listened to has said anything differently. Domestic travel will come first, then the leisure passenger and finally business

So the quarantine bans placed by different governments around the world only makes life more difficult for the travel industry. Yesterday the UK government announced 14 day quarantine rules would apply to people returning from the Caribbean island of Curacao, Denmark, Iceland and Slovakia.

But the figures from Slovakia – as monitored by the ECDC – are well below that of the UK. What has the government seen that had made them act faster than others might want to do?

Although there are many counties on the government’s green list, the number that have no restrictions on either specifically Britons or all nationalities is limited to just nine, and that is if you count San Marino and Liechtenstein. They are Germany, Italy, Poland, Sweden, Italy and Turkey as well as mainland Greece and some of the islands. Gibraltar can be visited by residents of England

The announcement by the Chancellor that VAT would remain at 5% for tourism industries until next March might mean there will be discounted prices in the UK but many companies might just use this to shore uo the shaky finances rather than passing it on to us instead.

Following is news from some destinations Britons and Irish visit

Antigua and Barbuda – Visitors must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken no more than seven days before arrival.

France – tighter restrictions have been introduced in the Marseilles area. Bars, restuarants and gyms will close as from tomorrow for at least two weeks.

Gibraltar – On 22 September, Gibraltar introduced a COVID-19 contact tracing online passenger locator and ‘Relevant area form’ for passengers flying to Gibraltar. Legally, passengers must complete a passenger locator on arrival.

Greece – In Athens due to an increase in cases, no gatherings of more than nine may be held either internally or outdoors. People over 65 are advised to limit their movements and avoid public transport.

Italy – the Italian government has removed the need to have a negative PCR test if you are travelling to Sardinia.

Slovenia – Masks must be worn in indoor public areas, on public transport and in busy public outdoor spaces where social distancing is not possible.

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 74.1 up from 57.4
last week, and for the UK it is 87.4 up from 61.8.

Austria – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 110.6 up on last week’s 88.9.

Belgium – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 146.7 up on last week’s 93.4.

Croatia -14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 65.1 down from last week’s 78.1

Cyprus – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 16.7 up from 6.9.

Czech Republic (Czechia) – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per
100 000 is 243.8 up from 166.2

Denmark – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 103.2 up from 69.2

Estonia – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 35.9 up from 25.4

Finland – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 16.5 up from 10.9

France – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 213.8 up from 172.1.

Germany -14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 28.2 up from 24.3.

Greece – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 38.9
up from 31.7

Italy – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 35.8 up
slightly from 33.3

Latvia – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 7.6 up  over last week’s 4.4

Lithuania – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is up at 31.2 from 18.1

Malta – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 140.4 way up from 127.4.

Netherlands -14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 142.3 up from 90.2.

Norway – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 28.7 up slightly from 27.5

Poland -14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 27.3 up from 19.6.

Portugal – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 87.9 up from 71.5

Slovakia – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 47.8 up from 34.1

Slovenia – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 68.6 up from 48.9

Spain – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 319.7 up from 292.2

Sweden – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 38.8 up from 30.3

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