As we tentatively start to journey once more, testing optimistic for Covid while overseas is an uncomfortable actuality. But what must you do if it happens to you?
It goes with out saying that particular person guidelines and pointers on which healthcare suppliers and authorities to inform range from nation to nation.
But we’ve rounded up the official recommendation for UK travellers who develop Covid signs or produce a optimistic check while on vacation.
What ought to I do if I develop Covid signs while overseas?
If you develop the important thing signs related to Covid-19 – a brand new, steady cough, a excessive temperature, or a loss or change in your sense of odor or style – you need to:
- Stay indoors and keep away from contact with others.
- Call your journey insurance coverage firm to debate what to do.
- Follow public well being steering within the nation you’re in, which normally consists of contacting an area English-speaking physician or clinic.
- Seek out native public well being steering on self-isolation. If you do have to self-isolate, it should be within the nation you’re in, no matter when your journey house is booked.
If you develop signs while at an airport, bus or practice station earlier than or throughout a protracted journey, you shouldn’t begin (or proceed) your journey, however search medical recommendation as rapidly as attainable.
Specific recommendation for particular person international locations, together with the way to entry native healthcare, is out there on the Foreign Office website.
For instance, if signs strike while in Spain, you should keep in your lodging and phone a hotline particular to the area you’re in. You ought to then contact an English-speaking physician or clinic (you may ask your resort, or the FCO web site has recommendations) to evaluate your signs and advise you on getting a check domestically.
In France, the federal government advises anybody with attainable coronavirus signs to name 112. You mustn’t go on to the physician or emergency companies.
What if I check optimistic for Covid-19 while overseas?
Not everybody who has Covid-19 will develop noticeable signs.
If you check optimistic at any stage of your journey – both after one of many routine assessments required for a lot of locations, or while testing due to signs – you’ll need to inform your journey insurance coverage supplier, search native medical recommendation and comply with that nation’s guidelines on self-isolation.
“You may need to seek treatment where you are, and stay until you have recovered,” says the Foreign Office. “If local authorities tell you to quarantine, you should expect to do that where you are.”
For instance, if you test positive in Greece, you should self-isolate for 10 days from the date of the optimistic check – no matter when your onward journey or flight house is booked. You should additionally proceed to self-isolate if you’re nonetheless displaying signs on the finish of that point, till you will have proven no signs for 3 days.
“Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to self-isolate in your current accommodation, or Greek authorities will ask you to self-isolate in a state provided quarantine hotel. The expense of the accommodation in quarantine hotels is covered by the Greek state,” says the FCO.
Failure to quarantine in overseas international locations can lead to large fines (in Greece, as much as €5,000).
In Spain, whether or not it’s important to quarantine in a resort to your 10 days of isolation might be determined on a case-by-case foundation, and should differ from area to area. You’ll discover out when you ring your regional hotline (as above).
“You may be able to remain in your existing accommodation, or be required to transfer into a state hospital or other government-provided accommodation. You may be required to fund accommodation whilst you wait to be transferred,” says the FCO recommendation.
Once you will have totally recovered, you need to examine together with your well being supplier if you’re match to journey, earlier than travelling onward. Some international locations require a “fit to fly” certificates earlier than you may depart.
When ought to I inform my journey insurance coverage firm?
If you check optimistic for Covid, you need to contact your journey insurance coverage supplier immediately.
Your coverage might or might not cowl the price of your therapy, relying on the recommendation for the nation you’re in. Contact your insurance coverage firm if you will have any doubts.
Cover obtainable for self-isolation (eg prolonged resort lodging) while travelling will range relying on the coverage. If it’s important to self-isolate resulting from coronavirus while you’re travelling, contact your journey insurer.
You ought to journey together with your EHIC or GHIC card, if you will have one, however keep in mind that these solely cowl state healthcare, not non-public therapy, and you may be liable for the price of any therapy offered by a non-public physician or hospital.
The playing cards normally can help you entry emergency state healthcare overseas at no cost, or for a decreased charge.
What if I come into contact with somebody who then assessments optimistic?
If you’ve crossed paths with somebody who then assessments optimistic, you need to comply with related public well being recommendation in that nation and communicate to your journey insurance coverage firm for additional steering.
You also needs to search a Covid check as quickly as attainable. If you’re required to quarantine or self-isolate by native authorities, you should achieve this within the nation you’re in.
What can I do to organize earlier than I journey?
Assuming the FCO isn’t advising towards non-essential journey to the nation you’re going to (this is able to normally invalidate any journey insurance coverage coverage) – ensure you have sturdy journey insurance coverage that covers coronavirus-related incidents.
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The Foreign Office additionally advises travellers to think about and put together for worst case situations: the attainable delays and self-isolation timings and prices that you possibly can be going through while in your vacation spot.
“Plan ahead and make sure you can access money, understand what your insurance will cover, and can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned,” says the FCO steering.