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January 14th 2022

Accidents & Illness Abroad

Holiday bookings surge as Covid rules relaxed, but what are the local laws at your place in the sun?

Tracy Stansfield

Tracy Stansfield

Associate, Travel

Holiday bookings surge as Covid rules relaxed, but what are the local laws at your place in the sun?

If you are one of the thousands of people rushing to book a holiday after the UK Government relaxed the rules around Covid testing and travel, first and foremost, I hope you enjoy your well-earned break, for many it will have been a long time coming.

If you are one of the thousands of people rushing to book a holiday after the UK Government relaxed the rules around Covid testing and travel, first and foremost, I hope you enjoy your well-earned break, for many it will have been a long time coming.

However, have you paused for thought on what the Covid rules and regulations are when you finally arrive at your place in the sun or how best to protect yourself and loved ones while you are there?

Holiday bookings increased by a reported 200% over the last week according to one airline but there are no figures on how many people, eager to ‘get away from it all’, also took out holiday insurance. I would say that is going to be an important part of your holiday preparation for the foreseeable future.

The take-up of travel insurance by British holidaymakers hasn’t always been as high as it could be. According to ABTA, in 2019 before the pandemic started, 38% of holidaymakers didn’t take out a policy. If you find yourself with a Covid infection while abroad a hospital visit may be necessary and travel insurance could allow you to go private.

You should also check the local Covid rules for the country you plan to pack for. If, for example, you’re planning a break where late night clubbing is planned, you may find some closing early at your chosen destination. I’ve been checking what the latest official rules are for the most popular locations currently being booking.

Mainland Spain

If you’re fully vaccinated and travelling from the UK, you can enter without needing to test or quarantine but at least 14 days must have passed since your last jab, and you must show proof.

From Christmas Eve the wearing of face masks outdoors was introduced in a bid to contain the Omicron strain, so you may have to mask up in some situations. However, face coverings are not compulsory during exercise, on the beach or at the pool so long as social distancing is maintained.

Canary Islands

Although part of Spain the rules can differ for Tenerife, Lanzarote and Gran Canaria. Travellers may be required by tourist accommodation providers to show evidence of a negative test before arrival. A maximum of six people in a group can gather in bars and restaurants and current closing time is at 1am, in Tenerife it’s officially midnight. In addition, spas are closed and you may have to book a spot on the beach.

United States

Most fully vaccinated holidaymakers can enter the US. Before boarding a flight passengers will be required to show a negative COVID-19 test result taken no more than one day before travel. People are expected to wear face coverings on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation.

Mexico

There are currently no vaccination or Covid testing requirements to enter the country. Mexico operates a traffic light system for restrictions in different areas of the country and the most popular holiday destination sites are currently in the green zone, meaning few restrictions are in place.

Dominican Republic

Passengers arriving from the UK will need to present a negative Covid PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival, or a vaccination card demonstrating a final dose administered no fewer than three weeks before their arrival.

Mask-wearing and social distancing are still mandatory in public spaces and private spaces for public use.
Officially the sale of alcohol is prohibited after midnight on weekdays, and after 2am on Saturdays and Sundays.

Cape Verde

You’ll need a negative Covid test, done before boarding, to enter Cape Verde. You can no longer use proof of recovery and vaccination records to enter. Your temperature may be taken on arrival and if it remains high, you may be asked to do a Covid test.

You must wear a face mask in enclosed spaces, such as shops and supermarkets, airports, cafes and restaurants and on public transport. In cafes and restaurants, keep your mask on until you are seated.

Egypt

Anyone arriving from overseas must have proof of either a full course of vaccination, completed at least 14 days prior to arrival or a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before flying.

Tourists arriving directly at airports serving the Red Sea resorts of Hurghada, Marsa Alam and Sharm El Sheikh have the option of taking a PCR test on arrival for a fee of $30.

After testing you will be required to self-isolate at your hotel until you receive your test result within 24 hours.
If your test result is positive, the Egyptian authorities are likely to ask you to self-isolate for up to 14 days in a separate room allocated for quarantine within your hotel. If symptoms persist, you may be transferred to a public hospital or you may choose to go to a private one.

Our overseas compensation solicitors are here to help

The rules for different counties are ever changing and you can check the latest updates on the UK Government website, but one piece of practical advice would be, get travel insurance. Many insurers have now upgraded their policies to cover issues thrown up by the pandemic and it might prove invaluable in uncertain times.

Polices may also offer cover for medical treatment needed after an accident, but they would not normally, save for very serious injuries, offer cover or compensation for the injuries sustained. If anyone is injured as a result of an accident, they should contact Hudgell Solicitors. We can advise them on whether they are able to make a claim and with regards to what cover they have.

If you do come to harm as a result of an injury abroad because of the actions of someone else, then you have the right to seek compensation. Our overseas compensation solicitors will centre their case around your needs, ensuring the most appropriate and effective legal and medical specialists are handling your claim.

The first step is to get in touch. You can begin by contacting us via our claim form and selecting Holiday Accident as the type of claim. You can also call us for a confidential discussion on your current situation or arrange a meeting to suit you via our online form.

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