Is “No Quarantine Holiday” possible in this pandemic?

Regardless of how we look like at it, quarantine is unquestionably a major issue when it comes to traveling. What’s the purpose of making a trip to your favorite destination if you’re simply going to be cooped up inside your hotel room for days, maybe even weeks.

Unfortunately, in light of recent events, most countries and destinations worldwide that have opened their airports to foreign visitors are still imposing on-arrival quarantines. These quarantines may last anywhere from 7 to 21 days depending on which country you’re visiting.

Here’s how it is done!

Right now, going on a quarantine free holiday might sound so alien, but there are countries adopting a different approach, in a sense that no on-arrival quarantine measures are in place for visitors, provided that they have been tested negative for COVID-19 among other requirements.

How are “Travel corridors” affecting us?

Many countries have opened its doors for people to do quarantine free travelling by implementing certain safety protocols which is subject to be undergone upon arrival.

  • Travellers can go on a 14 days quarantine period upon arriving.
  • Travellers can have entry with clearing medical screenings like PCR tests, etc.
  • Many Schengen countries requiring a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours of arrival. Turkey and the UK remain popular and convenient jump points to a next destination with 48-hour test validity requirements. Universal Aviation has rapid PCR testing providers set up at both Universal Aviation and Universal Aviation Turkey.

How could you lose money, planning your holiday?

Even though there are quarantine free countries to travel, planning a travel during this stage might fill you with a plethora of worries of losing your money paid to book the air tickets might go in vain, what if there any date changes, the date change fees that could incur and simply ruin your whole travel budget. Well guess what, there’s still hope on not losing your momentum on traveling to your favorite destination.

  • Most of the airlines are offering free date changes considering any immediate travel restrictions that are imposed and also provides free route changes in the event where the destination is under lockdown or any increase on infected cases.
  • There could be high chances that the flights may get canceled, if such event occurs, airlines are willing to provide a full refund.
  • Last not but least, the purchased travel vouchers can be claimed with some interesting added perks, which would result in adding great value to your tour package.

Are airlines “strict safety measures” actually safe?

As airlines rush to return their fleets to the skies, the industry is battling to restore confidence among travellers that flying in an aircraft with hundreds of people is not as risky as it may seem.

Over the past couple of months, the aviation industry has stepped up its campaign to address safety concerns about the spread of coronavirus as it looks to recover from the worst crisis in its century of history.

  • All the airlines are providing free face masks when onboarding passengers
  • The cabin air of the craft is replaced every 3-4mins to mitigate the risk of having congested infectious air.
  • Many airlines have added new safety features to prevent the spread of coronavirus, including using HEPA filtration systems to improve air flow on its planes.

You would want to read! this list before you plan your holiday destination.

NO QUARANTINE ON ARRIVAL / NO QUARANTINE ON RETURN

  • Greece  – No quarantine but may require testing on arrival / no self-isolation on return to UK
  • Cyprus  – Negative PCR test 72 hours before arrival / no self-isolation on return to UK
  • Sweden – No quarantine on arrival / no self-isolation on return to UK
  • Canary Islands – No quarantine on arrival / no self-isolation on return to UK

QUARANTINE ON ARRIVAL / NO QUARANTINE ON RETURN

  • Germany – 14 days quarantine for arrival from Northern Ireland, Scotland, North East England, North West England, Yorkshire and the Humber and Wales / no quarantine required on return
  • Norway – 10 days quarantine on arrival / no self-isolation on return to UK

QUARANTINE ON ARRIVAL / QUARANTINE ON RETURN

  • Iceland – Either 14 days quarantine or 2 PCR tests / 14 days self-isolation on return to UK
  • Switzerland – 10 days quarantine on arrival / 14 days self-isolation on return to UK
  • Netherlands – self isolation for 10 days on arrival / 14 self-isolation on return to UK
  • Ukraine – 14 days self-isolation on arrival / 14 self-isolation on return to UK

NO QUARANTINE ON ARRIVAL / QUARANTINE ON RETURN

  • Portugal – No quarantine but temperature check on arrival / 14 days self-isolation on return to UK
  • France – No quarantine but sworn statement required on arrival / 14 days self-isolation on return to UK
  • Turkey – No quarantine on arrival / 14 days self-isolation on return to UK
  • Poland – No quarantine on arrival / 14 days self-isolation on return to UK
  • Austria – No quarantine on arrival / 14 days self-isolation on return to UK
  • Italy – No quarantine but negative PCR test required 72 hours before departure / 14 day self isolation on return to UK
  • Spain – No quarantine but temperature check and visual health assessment on arrival / 14 days self-isolation on return to UK (except for Canary Islands where no quarantine is required)

CLOSED BORDERS

  • Hungary – airport closed unless pax has a permit / 14 days self-isolation on return to UK
  • Finland – Border closed