Weekly holiday review: 9th October 2020

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Following is news from some destinations Britons and Irish visit

Cyprus – The authorities in the north of Cyprus are allowing arrivals from the UK. You must show a negative COVID-19 PCR test result (done between 0 – 120 hours prior to the time of the flight) on arrival. You must then enter authority-assigned quarantine facilities for 7 days. A second PCR test will be carried out at the end of the quarantine period. All travellers should be aware that if other passengers on your flight subsequently test positive on arrival to Cyprus, you may be subject to further mandatory quarantine measures.

Czech Republic – indoor sports facilities and cultural venues for two weeks from Monday. Restaurants will have to close at 8pm.

the harbour in Kyrenia
Kyrenia Harbour in the north of Cyprus. It is now possible to visit the area

Denmark/Faroe Islands – the UK is a “banned” country and British residents cannot enter unless there is a “worthy“ ie that you work there, have a job interview, are in education or transport services.

France – Last Monday, Paris had additional measures introduced. Bars and cafes in Paris will be closed for two weeks although restaurants remain open. There will be limits to six per table with a one metre social distancing rule. Grenoble, Lille, Lyon and Saint-Etienne as from Saturday join Paris and Marseilles in being maximum-alert zones.

Rules have been tightened for British travellers to Italy

Italy – As from last weekend, masks will have to be worn outdoors in Rome and surrounding area. Only children under 6, those with medical reasons and people exercising would be exempt from the rule. All people travelling from the UK should have proof of a negative PCR test carried out within 72 hours of landing in Italy. If you do not have one you must take one – provided it is available – at your arrival airport. the cost is free but you must stay at the airport until the result is known. (up to 60 minutes.)

Latvia – From 12 October, everyone who intends to enter Latvia is required to complete and submit an electronic form no earlier than 48 hours before arrival.

New Zealand – restrictions have been lifted in Auckland but UK residents are still unlikely to be allowed to enter NZ except in extenuating circumstances.

Poland –  From 10th October there will be compulsory face-mask nationwide in public outdoor

Portugal – From the 9th of October the Passenger Locator Form which all visitors must complete will be electronic. Your airline will want to see proof you have completed it before you fly. Madeira and the Azores have a separate policy

Romania – After 7 October travellers from the UK must quarantine for 14 days on arrival. If after 8 days of quarantine, you present no specific COVID-19 symptoms and take a COVID-19 test which returns a negative result, you may leave quarantine after 10 days.

St Vincent and the Grenadines – After 6th October, you must have proof that you have taken a RT -PCR test within five days of arrival in the islands. You will be retested for COVID-19 (RT-PCR) on arrival and again after 4 or 5 days. In the islands you must quarantine for a minimum of 14 days, the first 5 of must be in an approved Transition/Quarantine Hotel at your own expense.

Cape Town in South Africa.

South Africa – Although the UK is rated as a high risk country, visa-free travel has been reinstated for British travellers provided that they have been in a low-risk country for at least 10 days immediately prior to arriving in South Africa and they fulfil all the other requirements. You will not be allowed entry if you have travelled directly from the UK.

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 increasing levels of infection at home. This week Germany said that visitors from Northern Ireland and Wales would have to quarantine so further moves by other countries can be expected.

As a benchmark the latest 14 day figure for Ireland is 124.2 up from 93.3 last week, and for the UK it is 218.2 almost doubling from 117.9.

Only two countries saw a decline, Denmark and Spain. All others registered rises.

Austria – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 128.2 up on last week’s 112.3.

Belgium – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 277.7 up on last week’s 178.6.

Cape Verde – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 225.1 up from last week’s 193.3

Croatia -14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 83.8 up from last week’s 62.5

Cyprus – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 29.1 up from 24.4.

Czech Republic (Czechia) – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 398. up from 282.6 and the highest in this list

Denmark – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 107.5 down from 120.6

Estonia – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 51.6 up from 50.7

Finland – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 35.6 up from 23.6

France – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 260.2 up from 241.8

Germany -14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 41.5up from 32.1.

Gibraltar – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 270 up from 198.9

Greece – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 44.3 up from 41.8

Italy – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 56.5 up from 40.4

Latvia – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 40.4 up over last week’s 19.5

Lithuania – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is up at 55.7 from 45.8

Malta – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 123.2 down from 101.1.

Netherlands -14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 304.3 up from 208.2.

Norway – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 32.6, the same as last week

Poland -14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 75.8 up from 44.5.

Portugal – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 110.7 up from 97.3

Romania – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 142.4 up from 108

Slovakia – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 148.6 up from 90.2

Slovenia – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 129.5 up from 86.8

Spain – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 307 a drop from 325.9

Sweden – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 68.8 up from 54.8

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