Weekly holiday review – 2nd October 2020

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Yesterday the UK government added Poland Turkey and three islands in the Caribbean that see very few British travellers  – Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba – to the list of places that we cannot visit without having to quarantine for fourteen days on our return.

Britons can now visit the Seychelles and the British Virgin islands without facing quarantine on return .

Poland is now off limits for British travellers…unless you quarantine on your return

Amongst the big holiday destinations to lose Turkey will be another financial problem for tour operators and airlines. Turkey is on the list because there are doubts as to the accuracy of the information being collected there. The health minister says figures exclude the number of people who have tested positive but are showing no symptoms, whereas most countries report all positive cases.

Scotland also said that people returning to Scotland from the Azores and Madeira need no longer quarantine bringing them into line with the rest of the UK.

Following is news from some destinations Britons and Irish visit

Barbados – The UK is considered a high-risk country so all visitors from the UK must arrive with a negative PCR test taken by a certified or accredited laboratory within 72 hours of arrival. Visitors must immediately quarantine on arrival. A further PCR test must be taken 4-5 days after the first accepted negative test. If both are negative you will be allowed to cease quarantining.

Dominican Republic– Birders have re-opened again but the country remains on the Uk list for quarantine on return.

France – It is likely tougher restrictions will be placed on paris this coming Monday according to the French health minister.

Germany – Anyone arriving from Northern Ireland, Scotland, wales or any of the following English regions – North East England, North West England and Yorkshire and the Humber – is required to quarantine for 14 days. This may be reduced upon proof of a PCR test.

Hong Kong – Although not open to visitors, any Hong Kong residents returning from the UK as from October 1st will have to give evidence of a hotel booking lasting fourteen days. You will also have to have had in the 72 hours prior to arrival a negative, PCR test result for COVID-19.

Japan – Generally, entry is still denied to short term visitors. The UK is now on a hot list so  even Japanese would need to have taken a PCR test before returning to their homeland from the UK

Liechtenstein – As from the 28th of September anyone visiting from the UK or who has been in the UK in the previous ten days prior to entering Liechtenstein will have to quarantine for ten days.

St Martin/St Maartin – After 4am on 3 October, you will need to self-isolate on your return.

Seychelles – From 1 October, visitors from the UK will be allowed to travel to Seychelles without facing quarantine on return provided:

  • A negative COVID-19 test has been taken  no more than 48 hours before departure
  • On arrival, visitors must stay in a designated hotel/establishment and may not leave the premises for 5 days.
  • Another COVID-19 test will be performed on the day 5 of your stay. If that is also negative, visitors will be free to travel within Seychelles. If your test result is positive, you will be required to stay in a designated ‘stay-safe’ until cleared by the Public Health Authority.

South Africa – The government announced that business travellers from the UK would be permitted entry into South Africa from October 1st subject to certain criteria. Leisure travellers from the UK will not be permitted entry to South Africa.

Spain – Madrid will also face tougher measures after about four in every ten cases are linked to the city.

St Vincent and the Grenadines – Prior to arrival Britons must complete a pre-arrival questionnaire and must be in possession of a negative PCR test which was carried out in the five days before arrival. In addition, you will be tested on arrival, you must quarantine for between 48-72 hours to await clearance and you may be quarantined for a further 9-16 days

Switzerland – From 28th of September, all visitors from the UK will be subject to ten day quarantine.

Tunisia – From 28th of September no visitors from the UK will be allowed to enter Tunisia. Only nationals and permanent residents will be allowed entry.

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 93.3 up from 74.1 last week, and for the UK it is 117.9 up from 87.4.

Austria – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 112.3 up on last week’s 110.6.

Belgium – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 178.6 up on last week’s 146.7.

Croatia -14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 62.5 down from last week’s 65.1

Cyprus – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 24.4 up from 16.7.

Czech Republic (Czechia) – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 282.6 up from 243.8

Denmark – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 120.6 up from 103.2

Estonia – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 50.7 up from 35.9

Finland – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 23.6 up from 16.5

France – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 241.8 up from 213.8.

Germany -14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 32.1 up from 28.2.

Greece – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 41.8 up from 38.9

Italy – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 40.4 up from 35.8

Latvia – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 19.5 up over last week’s 7.6

Lithuania – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is up at 45.8 from 31.2

Malta – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 101.1 down from 140.4.

Netherlands -14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 208.2 up from 142.3.

Norway – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 28.7, the same as last week

Poland -14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 44.5 up from 27.3.

Portugal – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 97.3 up from 87.9

Slovakia – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 90.2 up from 47.8

Slovenia – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 86.8 up from 68.6

Spain – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 325.9 up from 319.7

Sweden – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 54.8 up from 38.8

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