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Coronavirus (COVID-19): what you need to know

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): what you need to know

With the emergence of the new strain of the virus late November, restrictions have been re-introduced around Europe, including the banning of flights from a number of countries in Africa.

EU citizens who hold an authorized vaccination certificate are able to travel within the EU. Those travelling from the UK to the EU should check entry requirements on https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-abroad-from-england-during-coronavirus-covid-19

See below for more detailed country-by-country information:

Travelling around Europe

Please note that the following details are liable to change at short notice.

You can also visit https://reopen.europa.eu/en an interactive website published by the European Commission that includes practical information provided by the Member States on travel restrictions, public health and safety measures such as physical distancing or the wearing of face coverings. The information is frequently updated and available in 24 languages.

Austria

A temporary lockdown is in effect from 22 November until 12 December at the latest. Travel to Austria for tourism will only be possible again after this period.

Belgium

The Government has introduced a traffic light system of high, medium and low-risk regions. Non-essential travel to Belgium is prohibited for persons whose main residence is in third countries considered as “red” zones (The UK is a red zone country), except if they are EU/Schengen citizens or residents.

Travellers have to fill in, sign and carry with them a sworn statement indicating the essential reason of their journey (more information and the form can be found at: https://www.info-coronavirus.be/en/travels/).

For more information visit https://www.info-coronavirus.be/en/colour-codes-by-country/

Cyprus

Countries are categorized according to their epidemiological situation into categories Green, Orange and Red, with category Green having the most favorable epidemiological status. Go to https://cyprusflightpass.gov.cy/en/country-categories for details of the classification of countries.

Travellers arriving from countries NOT classified as “green” can enter Cyprus without being subject to any isolation or test requirement.

For more information go to https://www.visitcyprus.com/index.php/en/cyprus-covid19-travel-protocol

Denmark

Entry conditions vary according to whether the country of origin is classified as green, yellow, orange or red. Travellers, including Danish nationals and foreigners resident in Denmark, must present a negative COVID-19 test no more than 24 hours old before they board a plane for Denmark.

For more information, go to https://en.coronasmitte.dk/travel-rules/covidtravelrules

Finland

All passengers who are fully vaccinated with an approved COVID-19 vaccine may enter Finland from any country without undergoing health security measures such as COVID-19 testing at the border. If you are arriving in Finland from a country with a high incidence of COVID-19, you must present proof of full vaccination with an approved COVID-19 vaccine, proof of recovery from COVID-19 within the past six months or proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken before your arrival.

People arriving in Finland from outside the EU and Schengen area who have not been fully vaccinated with an approved COVID-19 vaccine may enter Finland only from countries on the EU’s green list or for essential reasons. The green list is a list of non-EU countries and regions for which travel restrictions should be lifted as agreed jointly by the EU Member States. Visit this page for more information on essential reasons and the countries on the EU’s green list: Guidelines for border traffic during the COVID-19 pandemic | Border GuardLink to an external website

For more information visit: https://www.visitfinland.com/article/practical-travel-information-for-travelers-to-finland-during-coronavirus-pandemic/#5d732798

France

Non-vaccinated people arriving in France most present a negative Covid test no more than 24 hours old, if not they will have to quarantine for seven days on arrival at a location of their choice. A second Covid test will have be taken at the end of the quarantine period. This applies to all arrivals including French residents and EU citizens.

Germany

Entry requirements depend on the country of departure according to Germany’s national classification of risk areas. Travellers coming from a designated risk area must complete the Digital Registration on Entryform. Depending on where they come from, they may be required to take an antigen test (24 hours) or PCR test (72 hours). Certain travellers may need to self-isolate on arrival.

Documents proving vaccination, test or recovery must be presented before travellers embark on their journey:

  • proof of vaccination completed 14 days after receiving the full vaccination. Double dose or single dose vaccines authorised by the Paul Erhlich Institut are accepted: Pfizer-BioNtech, Moderna, Oxford-AstraZenica, and Johnson & Johnson/Janssen.
  • negative result to a PCR test as defined by the Paul Koch Institut.
  • COVID-19 certificate of recovery showing a positive PCR test result carried out at least 28 days but no more than six months previously.

For more information visit: Federal Foreign Office or https://www.bmi.bund.de/SharedDocs/faqs/EN/topics/civil-protection/coronavirus/travel-restrictions-border-control/travel-restriction-border-control-list.html#f13919566

Greece

The Greek authorities have announced that travellers coming from European Union and Schengen Area, the United Kingdom and a number of other countries can enter Greece.

Proof of a negative COVID-19 test is not required for travellers that are fully vaccinated and hold a vaccination certificate. Upon arrival, randomly selected travellers may be requested to undergo a mandatory RAPID antigen test at the entrance gates

Before entering the country, all travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form

For more information visit: Travel.gov.gr

Ireland

All passengers (with limited exemptions) travelling to Ireland must fill out a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form before departure. This is a pre-boarding requirement when travelling to Ireland.

Passengers must have:

  • valid proof of vaccination;
  • valid proof of recovery from COVID-19, valid between 11 and 180 days from the date of a positive PCR test; or
  • a negative/not-detected RT-PCR test, taken within 72 hours of arrival in Ireland. A non-RT-PCR test (for example, antigen) is not accepted.

Passengers arriving in Ireland from overseas are legally required to complete a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form. Further information is available at https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/b4020-travelling-to-ireland-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/

Italy

The government has made the decision to exclude unvaccinated people from various leisure activities, such as eating at indoor restaurants, going to the cinema or attending sporting events, from 6th December.

Malta

Tourism restarted in Malta on 1st June.  Entry restrictions depend on whether the traveller is coming from a country that is included on the Green, Amber or Red list.Unvaccinated travellers from the UK are not allowed to travel to Malta.

Green list: travellers can enter the country without restrictions

Amber list: travellers are allowed to enter Malta as long as they can show they have been fully vaccinated and complete the relevant health declaration form

Red list: travellers is only permitted for limited reasons.

Updated information are available at health.gov.mt and at https://www.visitmalta.com/en/covid-19

Morocco

Flights to Morocco were temporarily suspended end November.

For more information visit: https://mtataes.gov.ma/fr/?s=COVID

Norway

Most people, but not all, who live in the EU/EEA/Schengen Area or in the United Kingdom can travel to Norway now, regardless of the purpose of the trip.

For more information visit: https://www.udi.no/en/about-the-corona-situation/i-am-abroad/residing-in-the-eu-eea-schengen-or-the-uk/

Portugal

The government announced the reintroduction of rules such as obligatory face masks in enclosed spaces from December 1, the need for digital certificate showing vaccination or recovery to enter restaurants, nightclubs, bars, hotels and cinemas, negative tests needed to enter hospitals, nursing homes, bars, clubs and sports events.  Everyone arriving on a flight from overseas must present a negative test result.

For trips to Portugal, passengers must fill in a form from the Health Authorities – Passenger Locator Card – available at  https://portugalcleanandsafe.pt/en/passenger-locator-card.

Further information can be found at www.visitportugal.com.

Spain

Up-to-the-minute advice on travel to Spain from other countries can be found at https://travelsafe.spain.info/en/

The government has tightened entry requirements to the country: Under the new rules published Saturday, from December 1st, visitors from the United Kingdom who are not EU residents will have to be fully vaccinated to enter, while those from ‘high-risk’ areas will need to provide a negative Covid test in addition to proof of vaccination.

For more information visit: https://www.spain.info

Specific Rules for Canary Islands

Entry rules for the Canary Islands are available at hellocanaryislands.com.

 

Switzerland

Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 and those who have already been vaccinated will no longer be required to self quarantine on arrival in Switzerland.

For more information visit: https://www.bag.admin.ch

Tunisia

From 1 December, all travellers over the age of six must take a PCR test less than 48 hours before travel and carry dated evidence of a negative result. This test must include a QR code.

If you are vaccinated, you also need to present official evidence of your vaccinations.

Turkey

Touristic accommodation opened in June.

As of May 15, a PCR test is not required for those arriving from China, Hong Kong (SAR of China), Vietnam, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, South Korea, Japan, United Kingdom, Latvia, Luxembourg, Ukraine and Estonia.

  • Passengers arriving to Turkey must submit a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival.
  • Flight restrictions for Brazil and South Africa are removed.
  • Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brazil, South Africa, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka arrivals need 14 days quarantine.
  • Passengers had been vaccinated at least 14 days before their arrival in Turkey and/or that they had recovered from the disease in the last six months, are not requested to submit a PCR test
  • Passenger under 6 years of age are not required to provide any of the above.

Guidelines for hotels and resorts have been introduced to ensure the safety of guests. The “Safe Tourism Certification” indicates they businesses have taken standard measures to prevent COVID-19 infections.

UK

The government announced late November  the reimposition of restrictions such as compulsory mask-wearing in shops and public transport.

All international arrivals – even if fully vaccinated – must self-isolate until they get a negative result for their Day 2 test. The introduction of the compulsory Covid PCR tests for everyone arriving in the UK has been described as a huge blow for the travel industry.

For more information go to https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus and https://www.gov.uk/guidance/red-amber-and-green-list-rules-for-entering-england

Timeshare owners

Members of the public with queries about their timeshare have been advised to contact their resort or developer, who will be able to give them up-to-date information about the status of their booking or talk through their intended holiday plans. In addition to this, KwikChex, RDO’s enforcement department, is available to respond to queries about companies that are not in membership of RDO, via the Timeshare Helpline.

Assistance available to timeshare businesses

Governments around the world recognise the difficulty that the tourism industry is having in keeping going and in April, the G20 – the forum for international cooperation – held a meeting of tourism Ministers to discuss providing support to the sector. It is in the process of identifying challenges that have arisen from the crisis and will be developing and sharing further targeted responses to stimulate recovery and identify ways to improve resiliency in the sector.

Ministers will also ensure that the introduction and removal of travel restrictions are coordinated and proportionate to the national and international situation, but at the same time ensures the safety of travellers.

The Spanish Government has taken a number of measures to fight the spread of COVID-19 and has produced a series of questions and answers to clarify employers’ legal obligations and support them in protecting their businesses and staff.

The document below, includes details of the measures taken, covering employment, social security, employers’ obligations and access to detailed advice:

https://www.twobirds.com/en/news/articles/2020/spain/covid19-guidance-for-employers-in-spain

In the UK, the Government has put together a comprehensive package of support for businesses including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Coronavirus Job Retention (Furlough) Scheme where small and large employers will be eligible to apply for a government grant of 80% of workers’ salaries up to £2,500 a month.The scheme has been extended to the end of October and from the start of August, furloughed workers will be able to return to work part-time with employers being asked to pay a percentage towards the salaries of their furloughed staff.
  • Self-Employed Income Support Scheme to help eligible freelance workers receive up to £2,500 per month in grants for at least three months. Those eligible will receive a cash grant worth 80% of their average monthly trading profit over the three years up to 2018/19.
  • Grant schemes – Businesses will be eligible for a £25,000 cash grant per property, for each property that has a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000.

What has RDO being doing?

Together with EUROC, the European timeshare owners’ association, RDO has been lobbying to ensure that the measures introduced provide the right level of support to timeshare businesses and, importantly, that the financial support continues during the recovery phase.

More detailed information and guidance is sent by email by the Secretariat to RDO members on a regular basis.

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