Covid 19 Updates

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Andorra

The tourist board are working hard to prepare for the return of UK visitors. Andorra continues to support the UK travel trade through these difficult times. Ski slopes closed on 14th March. The annual outdoor Cirque du Soleil which takes place in July in Andorra la Vella has been postponed for 2021.La Purito cycling event has been postponed until September. Andorra hosts a wide range of sporting events throughout the summer, the situation is being monitored but currently these events have not been postponed.

 

 

Aruba

 

The 55th positive COVID-19 case was confirmed and announced April 01, 2020
As per Tuesday, March 21 2020 the borders remain closed until 19 April.
 As per Sunday, March 29, 2020:
The government of Aruba introduced a shelter in place for all residents and tourists. This means nobody is allowed to leave their homes, unless it’s for essential purposes such as; a visit to the supermarket or pharmacy, outdoor exercising, or to work (if in an essential position such as a healthcare provider).
Inbound lockdown, including local residents.
‘Samenscholingsverbod’, which is a ban on gatherings, where no more than 4 people are allowed together, unless it’s a family living under the same roof.
All the above-mentioned measures are valid until April 19.

 

 

Austria

 

https://www.austria.info/en/service-and-facts/coronavirus-information

 

 

Canada

 

http://www.keepexploring.co.uk/

 

 

Croatia

 

In addition to most businesses and public places reopening, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Croatia has published a dedicated page on their website, which contains frequently asked questions and answers regarding the conditions of entry into the Republic of Croatia in the context of COVID-19. 

 

 

Worth highlighting is that the citizens of EU/EEA member states can enter the Republic of Croatia as tourists, they will need to present confirmation of accommodation booking in an accommodation establishment, in one form of the following:

  • Confirmation of accommodation booking of all accommodation service providers / all types of accommodation
  • Camp lease contract
  • Permanent berth contract in a nautical tourism port
  • Confirmation of berth reservation in a nautical tourism port
  • Travel agency voucher etc.

It is expected that until the end of 2020, the citizens of the UK will be treated as EU citizens.


The measure of self-isolation is no longer imposed on all passengers on border crossing points when entering the Republic of Croatia. It may be imposed only on individuals for whom it is determined during border checks that they have been in contact with a person infected with COVID-19. However, when entering the Republic of Croatia, border police officers will provide you with a leaflet containing instructions and recommendations issued by the Croatian Institute of Public Health which you have to comply with in the following 14 days.

 

Dominican Republic

https://www.godominicanrepublic.com/newsroom/coronavirus/

 

Flanders

 

Until 19th April 2020, Flanders’ museums, concert halls, cultural institutions, restaurants and bars will be closed. All cultural and sporting events are cancelled until further notice.  As in the rest of Europe, the Belgian government has taken measures. You can find the latest updates here.

 

 

Grenada

#GrenadaDreaming Virtual Campaign Keeps Pure Grenada Front of Mind

Global travel guidebook specialist, RoughGuides.com, has acknowledged the success of the Grenada Tourism Authority (GTA) virtual campaign #GrenadaDreaming by ranking it in pole position in a definitive list of the best ‘virtual tourism campaigns around the world’.

“#GrenadaDreaming invites people across the world to share their own happy memories and experiences of Grenada on social media. It goes beyond that though, as the content showcases the culture, cuisine and character of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique rather than simply posting pretty photos,” said GTA UK & Ireland Director, Sharon Bernstein.

She added: “Cocktail making, rum tasting and cooking with island experts continue and we’ve inspired leading influencers to create their own content including live performances with island-based musicians. It’s about empathy, enthusiasm and energy.”

Grenada ranked above other global destinations including Greece, Croatia and Scotland in the digital feature published on 7th May, 2020.

Search #GrenadaDreaming on @discovergrenada social platforms and read a RoughGuides.com interview with Sharon Bernstein here.

 

 

Germany

 

The German governments “Corona Cabinet” supports the issuing of Vouchers for travel which has been cancelled, however, this has still to be ratified by the EU Commission before it can happen.
The ruling will make the vouchers available not only for cancelled journeys, flights, and hotels, but also for any cultural and sporting events.
The Federal Government states that issuing vouchers is intended to take away the need for vendors having to give refunds in a cash-flow stunted period.
Vouchers will be valid until the end of 2021 for types of travel and tickets, purchased before 8th March 2020. Should the customer not have redeemed their voucher by the end of validity period, the vendor is required to refund the purchase price.
An arrangement will also be put in place for those customers who would not benefit from receiving a voucher, as they would likely be placed in financial difficulties.
According to the German press agency (DPA) the vouchers will also be issued for football match tickets and concerts.

 

Holland

As of  04/05/2020, 17.851 people in the Netherlands have tested positive for the coronavirus and 1.766 have died. The actual number of infections with the coronavirus is higher than the number mentioned here, because not everyone who may be infected is tested for the virus. The current coronavirus related measures in the Netherlands are listed below: Until 1 June, gatherings are no longer allowed. Everyone in The Netherlands has to keep a minimum distance of 1,5 meters apart - unless they are part of the same household. Failure to comply with this rule can result in a 400 euro fine. As of 18 March, the borders of the Schengen countries (including the Netherlands) are closed for all non-essential travel from non-Schengen countries for a period of 30 days. Travel between Schengen countries is allowed, but do keep in mind that some Schengen countries have also closed the Schengen borders. Everyone in the Netherlands is requested to stay at home as much as possible and to only venture out for essentials such as grocery shopping and other urgent business. A press conference was held in Nordrhein Westfalen (Germany) on 4 April about international measures in the fight against COVID-19. The responsible ministers on the German side, together with Dutch minister Raymond Knops of internal affairs, made a strong plea to all residents of both the Netherlands and Germany to stay home in the next few weeks. This means limiting travel to an absolute minimum and only when absolutely necessary. With the upcoming holidays they strongly insisted not to travel for recreational purposes. This advice referred not only to residents of the Netherlands and Germany but also to Belgium. Museums, theatres and public spaces, such as attractions, remain closed. Restaurants and cafes are closed. Some restaurants offer a take-out service and collecting meals at these restaurants is allowed. Supermarkets and shops who sell daily necessities are open and need to follow the rules strictly. Schools are closed until 28 April.

 

 

India

 

"India- The whole country is in complete lockdown up to 14 April, 2020. All international flights to India remain suspended till 14 April, 2020. The Government is closely monitoring the situation as the cases are rising slowly."
"Ministry of Tourism, Government of India has launched strandedinindia.com website on 30th March, 2020 to reach out to stranded tourists".

 

Ireland 

 

The Irish Government released their roadmap to reopening business and society on 18 May and can be found here:
 https://assets.gov.ie/73823/075541bb68c146e09a31367b69c76621.pdf  with the five stages of lifting restriction current timeline being:

  • 18 May (phase 1)
  • 8 June (phase 2)
  • 29 June (phase 3)
  • 20 July (phase 4)
  • 10 August (phase 5)

 

On 12th May the Northern Ireland Executive published its five-stage plan for slowly easing the coronavirus lockdown. with timescales for each phase and sector to follow.

The initial lockdown measures are due to remain in place until 28 May, but with some aspects of the first stage of the plan beginning to be lifted.

The plan can be found herehttps://www.executiveoffice-ni.gov.uk/sites/default/files/publications/execoffice/execuitveour-approach-to-decision-making.pdf

 

Japan

The Japanese government has completely lifted its state of emergency on 25 May.
Wearing face masks is a standard practice in Japan. Social distancing is also encouraged.

Japan poses an entry ban to those who have visited any of 110 designated countries/regions including the UK within the last 14 days.
(Latest information is available at https://www.japan.travel/en/coronavirus/)

 

Qatar

From the evening of 16 March until further notice, no international passengers - including those with a residence permit - will be allowed to enter Qatar. Transit passengers travelling on to another destination will still be able to transfer through Qatar, and some flights continue to operate.

 

 

Samoa

 

Samoa’s State of Emergency Orders have been extended for another four weeks. The extension will be in force in Samoa commencing from 12am of the morning of 5th April 2020 until 12 midnight of 2nd May 2020.  All Emergency Orders issued on 30th March 2020 under the previous Proclamation of the State of Emergency 21st March - 4th April 2020, continue in force until and unless revised or revoked. Social distancing of two meters or more between one another is also being enforced in all public places and government offices. For the full list of the Emergency Orders, visit: https://antor.com/news/story.cfm?id=531 

 

 

Spain

 

We are fighting with all our strength against #COVID19. We are a great country and, as soon as the situation allow us, we will be able to welcome everybody again with open arms and our characteristic hospitality. Until then, we are recommending everybody to stay at home, take care of themselves and others around them. For updates on our current situation, regarding traveling from the UK, visit FCO Travel Advise webpage (https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain).

 

 

Sweden

 

Sweden remains the last major European country to have most of its schools, bars and restaurants still open, despite the virus. Universities and higher education colleges are closed, as well as to order restaurants and bars to only serve people at tables rather than at the crammed bar. There is a ban on public gatherings but, with the limit set at 50 people.There is a high level of trust in public authorities in Sweden, which many believe is driving locals to adhere to voluntary guidelines. Demography may also be a relevant factor in the country's approach. In contrast to the multi-generational homes in Mediterranean countries, more than half of Swedish households are made up of one person, which cuts the risk of the virus spreading within familiesAs agents want to improve product knowledge in time for the future and operators are looking for information, new ideas and product already for 2021, Visit Sweden UK has introduced a number of virtual opportunities. Virtual Fika Friday, is an open invitation to UK tour operators to get the opportunity to recharge and share a moment with friends during an informal Swedish Fika. In Sweden, a fika is much more than having a coffee and a bite to eat - it is an important social event, where you get the opportunity to recharge and share a moment with friends. The Virtual Fika Friday is much about listening in, trying to understand challenges and sharing experiences. Another webinar series is The Sweden Sessions where we will see Swedish regional tourism organisations and suppliers sharing the latest product information, virtual experiences and opportunities to experience Sweden as a destination from the armchair in a quick 30 min weekly info blast.

There will also be an opportunity for questions and networking. For more information about the Virtual Fika Friday and the Sweden Sessions, please contact john.bridge@visitsweden.com

For information about the corona virus (COVID-19) and travel restrictions we refer to:  The Public Health Agency of Sweden: www.folkhalsomyndigheten.se/the-public-health-agency-of-sweden/communicable-disease-control/covid-19

GOV.UK Foreign travel advice - Sweden: www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/sweden

GOV.UK The British Embassy in Stockholm: www.gov.uk/world/organisations/british-embassy-stockholm  

 

Switzerland

 

The Swiss borders are still closed to international travellers for now.

SWISS currently has multiple weekly flights to Switzerland, both from LHR-ZRH and LHR-GVA – www.swiss.com.

In Switzerland all stores, markets, museums and restaurants and bars can reopen on 11 May. Most tourism infrastructure such as mountain railways, gondolas etc. are expected to open on 8 June.

List of open hotels in Switzerland (in German, French and Italian): https://hotels.swisshoteldata.ch/whitelabel/85/de/index.html

Information of the Federal Office of Public Health FOPH:

https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home/krankheiten/ausbrueche-epidemien-pandemien/aktuelle-ausbrueche-epidemien/novel-cov/empfehlungen-fuer-reisende.html

 

Tunisia

Tunisia has implemented a healthcare policy which places it among the best countries in the world for management of the COVID-19 crisis with regard to effectiveness, forward-thinking, and security. It is worth noting that Tunisia has registered an excellent recovery rate, efficiently treated those who have been hospitalised, and put in place rigorous healthcare measures.

Among those healthcare measures and achievements, we would specify the following: The implementation of the strategy of isolating travellers has meant that at least 25,000 infections have been avoided, the genetic research undertaken at the Charles Nicolle laboratory in Tunis, and the setting-up of teams dedicated to the research of a vaccine.

Tunisia has also started utilising certain modern technologies in order to guarantee the safety of its people: robots to monitor the streets, drones equipped with microphones and thermal imaging cameras, regular disinfection with UV, mobile laboratories to carry out tests and analyse them in a short space of time etc.

Building on this amazing momentum, Tunisia is today fully ready to begin welcoming visitors safely.

That’s why, in order to reassure travellers and to prepare for the return to normality, the Ministry of Tourism and Handicrafts has created a certification label “Ready and Safe”.

This labelling is compulsory for all key players in the tourism trade in Tunisia: the same standards will be required and applied by everyone.

To achieve this, it is essential to monitor the implementation of a national protocol in accordance with the recommendations of the WHO. These recommendations will be followed and applied by all the key players of the Tunisian tourism industry to guarantee hygiene and pre-emptive cleaning, thanks to which we will maintain control over COVID-19 and ensure the health and safety of tourists.

So there you have another good reason to visit Tunisia. Its wonderful climate, delicious cuisine, beautiful locales, beautiful beaches, beautiful hotels and restaurants, prepared with all the necessary precautions, ready and safe, to make sure the stay of every tourist is both a relaxing and stress-free experience

 

ANTOR Partners Foreign travel advice - GOV.UK ABTA The travel association AITO The Tourism Society
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