All the places in Kent with lower coronavirus infection rates than London’s Tier 2 boroughs

Kent is headed for Tier 3 after lockdown – despite many areas recording lower coronavirus infection rates than districts now placed into Tier 2.

MPs recently called for the Tiers to be separated by district due to the wide range of infection rates with Swale and Thanet at the two highest infection rates in the country and Tunbridge Wells at the lower end of the spectrum.

London will be returning to Tier 2 as it was, previous to lockdown which now means it will have fewer restrictions than Kent. 

In particular, MP for Folkestone and Hythe was very upset with the news that all of Kent would be given the same Tier when parts of London in Tier 2 have higher infection rates than his constituency. 

Mr Collins said, “the Tier 3 restrictions for Folkestone and Hythe are disappointing not just because we have lower infection rates than some Tier 2 local authorities, but because the latest figures show that the national lockdown has started to bring the infection rates down from their peak.”

Damian Green MP for Ashford also Tweeted his disappointment.

“I’m hugely disappointed that the whole of Kent has been put into Tier 3. Before lockdown, we were in Tier 1 so what has lockdown achieved? We need the full analysis made public.” He said.

The MP for South Thanet Craig Mackinlay expressed his displeasure on Twitter regarding Kent being placed into Tier 3 once lockdown ends ending his tweet with #unhappy.

“The whole of #Kent allocated as ‘Very High’ #Tier3 from 2nd December, subject to @HouseofCommons approval next Tuesday. Some of the incoherent measures notably shops, gyms, worship & outdoor sports different from full #Lockdown. Review 16th December. #Road2recovery” he said.

#unhappy

The infection rate is measured based on the population and shows the number of cases per 100,000 residents.

London areas with a higher infection rate than Kent

Below is a list of Kent areas and all the areas in London with higher infection rates. 

Maidstone, Dover and Dartford infection rate of 273, 276.8 and 268.2

  • Havering, 342.9
  • Redbridge, 301.1

Canterbury infection rate 235.8

  • Havering, 342.9
  • Redbridge, 301.1
  • Barking and Dagenham, 264.0

Tonbridge and Malling infection rate 208.1

  • Havering, 342.9
  • Redbridge, 301.1
  • Barking and Dagenham, 264.0
  • Bexley, 235.2
  • Tower Hamlets, 229.7
  • Newham, 224.8, (794), 201.6, (712)
  • Enfield, 215.7, (720), 211.5, (706)
  • Waltham Forest, 213.7, (592), 233.2, (646)

Folkestone and Hythe infection rate 183.2

  • Havering, 342.9
  • Redbridge, 301.1
  • Barking and Dagenham, 264.0
  • Bexley, 235.2
  • Tower Hamlets, 229.7
  • Newham, 224.8
  • Enfield, 215.7
  • Waltham Forest, 213.7
  • Ealing, 204.8
  • Brent, 201.4
  • Hounslow, 200.7
  • Hillingdon, 194.9
  • Greenwich, 190.0

Sevenoaks infection rate 159.8

  • Havering, 342.9
  • Redbridge, 301.1
  • Barking and Dagenham, 264.0
  • Bexley, 235.2
  • Tower Hamlets, 229.7
  • Newham, 224.8
  • Enfield, 215.7
  • Waltham Forest, 213.7
  • Ealing, 204.8
  • Brent, 201.4
  • Hounslow, 200.7
  • Hillingdon, 194.9
  • Greenwich, 190.0
  • Merton, 178.2
  • Harrow, 176.0
  • Croydon, 160.8

Ashford and Tunbridge Wells infection rate 126.9, 117.9

  • Havering, 342.9
  • Redbridge, 301.1
  • Barking and Dagenham, 264.0
  • Bexley, 235.2
  • Tower Hamlets, 229.7
  • Newham, 224.8
  • Enfield, 215.7
  • Waltham Forest, 213.7
  • Ealing, 204.8
  • Brent, 201.4
  • Hounslow, 200.7
  • Hillingdon, 194.9
  • Greenwich, 190.0
  • Merton, 178.2
  • Harrow, 176.0
  • Croydon, 160.8
  • Hammersmith and Fulham, 159.3
  • Barnet, 158.1
  • Kingston upon Thames, 154.4
  • Hackney and City of London, 152.3
  • Sutton, 148.8
  • Bromley, 142.6
  • Lambeth, 139.2
  • Haringey, 135.5
  • Kensington and Chelsea, 128.7
  • Islington, 127.4

London areas with infection rates lower than all of Kent

The following areas are all lower than anywhere in the whole county. 

  • Westminster, 116.3
  • Wandsworth, 112.5
  • Southwark, 110.1
  • Richmond upon Thames, 108.1
  • Lewisham, 107.6
  • Camden, 88.9

Implications of Biden Presidency for Asia Pacific Property Markets


Executive SummaryJoe Biden has been declared the winner of the 2020 presidential race. Control of the U.S. Senate and President-elect Biden’s ability to deliver on his priorities will depend on the results of two Senate runoff races in Georgia on January 5, 2021.
CBRE expects that the U.S. Congress will pass an additional economic stimulus package closer to $1 trillion if Republicans retain their Senate majority. The stimulus could be up to $2 trillion if Democrats gain Senate control. This will influence the U.S. economy’s near-term growth and the level of Asian exports to the U.S. but it is not essential. The U.S. economic recovery looks more and more self-sustaining, as does that of APAC.
U.S. presidents have substantial authority when it comes to trade and foreign policy, regardless of which political party controls the Senate. Under the Biden administration, we expect a mild lessening of trade tensions between the U.S. and China. It is possible that Biden would seek to revive the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP).
Asia remains capital rich and we expect Asian investors will be attracted to a wide range of property assets, led by offices in major cities, logistics, multifamily, life sciences facilities and data centers. More foreign investors will be emboldened to explore real estate opportunities in Asia Pacific, supported by the region’s relative success in containing the pandemic.

Economy & Potential Stimulus

The presidency and a Democratic Senate would enable Biden to enact large portions of his agenda. Most immediately, a larger federal stimulus package to support the economy would boost real estate demand in the near term. This provides some upside potential to CBRE’s 4.6% U.S. GDP growth forecast for 2021. More aid to cash-strapped state and local governments could reduce pressure to raise taxes on real estate. However, the popular 1031 tax-free exchange program would be threatened and luxury retail, energy, finance, defense contractors and tech could face headwinds from tax and spending policy changes and increased regulation.

If Republicans retain the Senate, the Biden agenda will be checked and have a more subdued effect on the broader economy and commercial real estate. A more limited fiscal stimulus package would be enacted, with less state aid and the prospect, at some point, of higher state and local real estate taxes. On the other hand, the 2017 personal and corporate tax cuts would remain in place. Like any president, Biden will also have power to influence spending priorities and the regulatory environment and to enact trade policy. The potential for less trade friction, especially with U.S. allies, may be helpful as the global economy pulls out of the pandemic-induced recession. Overall, markets seem to view “split government” favorably and this scenario largely supports CBRE’s forecast of 4.6% U.S. growth in 2021.


Trade

Biden will have power to shape and enact trade policy. The potential for less trade friction, especially with U.S. allies, will be helpful as the global economy grapples with a pandemic-induced economic slowdown. While both U.S. political parties will continue to challenge China’s trade and business practices, the threat of additional tariffs will be diminished under Biden’s presidency. This will give some degree of certainty for Asian exporters, even if many existing tariffs remain in place. Furthermore, the Biden administration is expected to work through multilateral institutions, such as the WTO, to adjudicate trade disputes. Multilateral trade deals, such as the TPP, also bear watching. While Biden has been a strong TPP supporter in the past, during the presidential campaign he stated a desire to change the terms of the trade deal.


The Bottom Line

The U.S. election will not alter the economic recovery that is well underway across Asia Pacific. The near-term impact on commercial real estate in the region will depend on the outcome of two Senate races in early January. Should Democrats take control of the Senate, there is some near-term upside to CBRE’s 2021 global GDP forecast due to the likelihood of additional fiscal stimulus. Should Republicans retain control of the Senate, we still expect a level of fiscal aid that supports CBRE’s 5.1% global economic growth forecast for 2021. Perhaps most importantly, Asian exporters will likely have a sense of increased certainty and reassurance regarding the future of U.S. trade with its traditional allies and with China.

With fears of deglobalization moderating for now, more foreign investors will pursue investment opportunities in Asia Pacific, supported by the region’s relative success in containing the pandemic. This will filter through to stronger demand for manufacturing and logistics facilities, especially in China, India and Southeast Asia. India’s office market also should benefit from American and European corporate outsourcing policies, boosted by improved communications technologies.

As the world’s largest and most liquid real estate market, the U.S. remains a preferred destination for Asian outbound capital. While Biden’s presidency may encourage some investors to move out of wait-and-see mode, ongoing travel restrictions will limit Asian investment in U.S. real estate in the short term. We expect Asian investors that do invest in the U.S. next year will favor offices in major cities, as well as logistics, multifamily, life sciences and data center properties. Sources of capital will be led by Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan. Buyers from China likely will remain cautious and could potentially be net sellers due to capital controls and trade tensions with the U.S. that will not fully dissipate.

UK – New travel advisory

The UK Government has announced a second national lockdown for England until 2 December 2020.
During this time, only travel for work, education or other legally permitted reasons will be allowed.
We advise passengers with flights booked to and from the UK during this period to please check the Government’s guidance on lockdown restrictions here.

THAILAND REOPENING TO TOURISTS: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

Thailand has been extremely cautious on reopening its borders for tourism as the global pandemic continues. 

Thailand is open for select tourists under strict protocols in order to prevent the importation of COVID-19 cases. Being a world leader in controlling the virus within its own borders, Thailand is reopening slowly and cautiously to ensure it stays that way. 

Here are all the latest updates on Thailand reopening for tourism and everything you need to know on how to visit one of the most popular countries in the world. 

Travelers Allowed To Visit Thailand

Long Stay Tourists: STV Visa (Special Tourist Visa)

Thailand announced a 90-day visa for long-stay tourists on September 15th, 2020. The visa is called the ‘Special Tourist Visa’ (STV).

Entry Requirements: 

  • Proof of payment for 90 day accommodation booking
  • 14 day ‘state quarantine’ upon arrival 
  • Preference given to low-risk countries according to the Public Health Ministry regulations (countries are not defined)
  • Proof of travel and medical insurance that covers COVID-19 with at least $100,000 USD in coverage for the entire duration of your stay

How to Apply:

Travelers must apply at a Thai Consulate/Embassy in your home country.

Once approved, the traveler must pay the 2,000 baht, provide proof of paid accommodation, provide proof of travel insurance and flight information. 

Length of Stay and Renewals

The Special Tourist Visa will allow approved travelers to stay in Thailand for 90 days. It can be renewed twice, for 90 days each time.

Other Travelers Permitted To Enter Thailand

All travelers in the below categories will face a mandatory 14 day quarantine upon arrival in Thailand.

  • Medical Tourists: Travelers seeking medical and wellness services may enter Thailand upon receiving a ‘International Flight Permit’ from the Thai Embassy/Consulate in their home country. A letter from a Thai doctor must be presented when applying. 
  • Non-Thai nationals who are a spouse, parents, or children of a Thai national
  • Non-Thai nationals who hold a valid certificate of residence, or permission to take up residence in the Kingdom
  • Foreign workers from Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar for food and construction industries
  • Foreigners participating in trade fairs in Thailand
  • Non-Thai nationals who hold a valid work permit and their spouse or children
  • Foreign film crews coming for filming in Thailand

Travelers that fall into the above categories must also follow Thailand’s health protocols including:

  • Travel health insurance that also covers covid
  • A pre-screening health declaration card filled out before departure
  • The wearing of masks mandatory on in-bound flights and in the airport
  • Thermal scans and temperature checks upon arrival

Phuket Reopening For Tourism Plans

Phuket was originally scheduled to open for international tourism on October 1st, 2020 but the reopening has been delayed after Thailand confirmed its first case in 30 months of COVID-19 at the end of September. 

The governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Yuthasak Supasorn originally announced that Phuket reopening for international tourists would act as a pilot program for the rest of the country.

The purpose was to test if Thailand could successfully reopen without a resurgence in cases. Unfortunately due to a confirmed case within its own borders and a second wave of the virus happening worldwide, the Thai government delayed the decision. 

Once Phuket does reopen for international tourists, it will have strict entry requirements and protocols in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

While many travelers are excited about the prospect of Phuket reopening, the process of getting in will not be easy.

Entry Requirements For Phuket When Pilot Project Begins:

 A new date has not been set for the reopening of Phuket. 

Tourists will be required to stay a minimum of 30 days

14 day quarantine at hotel including common areas of the hotel’s property, and in some cases beach access.  

2 Negative PCR tests will be required to be released from quarantine

After 3 weeks in Phuket, travelers may take a third PCR test and if the result is still negative they may leave to explore other parts of Thailand.

Last year, Thailand recorded the highest number of tourists entering the country, nearly smashing the 40 million mark. The government is hopeful the Phuket pilot project will safety allow them to restart claiming some of those foreign arrivals.

To date, Thailand has been one of the most successful countries in the world at containing the virus with strict lockdown measures.

However, Thailand’s economy is extremely dependant on tourism, and they’ve experienced a devastating 12.2% shrink in the 2nd quarter, the worst hit in the last 22 years.

Thailand has confirmed 3759 cases of COVID-19 and 59 deaths since the pandemic began. 

It is unknown when Thailand will fully reopen their borders for general tourism.

Come fare una vacanza senza uscire di casa

So di non essere l’unico a sentirlo in questo momento. È un sentimento che ho sentito molto dagli amici e dai social media, e non è una sorpresa date le circostanze strane e stressanti in cui ci troviamo. L’imprevedibilità della pandemia e dell’economia globale, unita alla tensione di adattarsi alle nuove realtà del lavoro, dell’assistenza all’infanzia e della scuola, hanno quasi tutti quelli che conosco che bramano una via di fuga.

Tuttavia, con i viaggi limitati in molti luoghi, una fuga spensierata non è nelle carte per la maggior parte delle persone.

Tuttavia, le vacanze sono una parte importante del benessere. Uno studio, per esempio, ha mostrato che quando gli uomini a rischio di malattie cardiache non hanno preso vacanze annuali, avevano un 32 per cento più alto rischio di avere un attacco di cuore fatale rispetto a quelli che hanno fatto. Allo stesso modo, uno studio sulle donne ha mostrato che coloro che si prendevano le vacanze raramente – cioè una volta ogni sei anni o meno spesso – avevano otto volte più probabilità di sviluppare malattie cardiache. Altri studi hanno dimostrato un aumento della qualità del sonno e un miglioramento nei tempi di reazione fino a 80 per cento dopo aver preso una vacanza.

Ancora altre ricerche hanno dimostrato che le vacanze regolari sono più importanti del denaro per il benessere generale, tanto che un vacanziere regolare che fa meno di 24.000 dollari l’anno potrebbe anche essere più felice di un non-vacanziere che fa più di 120.000 dollari l’anno.

Ma una cosa è sapere che si dovrebbe prendere una vacanza ed è un altro di prendere effettivamente uno, soprattutto quando un semplice viaggio al negozio di alimentari può essere un’esperienza scoraggiante. Per quelli di noi che non si sentono sicuri di avventurarsi in questo momento – e con un neonato a casa, sono sicuramente in questo campo – una vacanza può fornire alcuni degli stessi vantaggi: una possibilità di riposo, una pausa dalle routine usuali, opportunità di libertà e di gioco.

A volte, una vacanza può essere anche più rilassante di una vacanza normale. Pensateci: Nessun aeroporto affollato, nessun jet lag, nessun jostling per un posto in linea al museo o il posto migliore in spiaggia o in piscina. C’è un sacco di consigli là fuori su come fare si può la maggior parte di una vacanza – scollegare dai dispositivi; prendere una pausa dalla notizia; modificare il programma. Eppure, mentre queste idee possono aiutarti ad avere una pausa riparatrice, non sono sicuro che catturino davvero la gioia di scappare.

Una cosa che è difficile da trovare in una vacanza è l’avventura, soprattutto se il vostro soggiorno si verifica interamente all’interno delle quattro mura della vostra casa. L’avventura è una delle più grandi delizie del viaggio; ci rompe dalla monotonia del quotidiano, risttaffa i sensi che sono diventati intorpidati da lunghe ore a fissare gli schermi, e ci permette di costruire nuovi ricordi. Scossa dal nostro solito ambiente e immersa in un mondo diverso pieno di profumi e luoghi sconosciuti e, a volte, i suoni di una lingua straniera – il potenziale di gioia è tutto intorno a noi.

Quindi quello che mi stavo chiedendo è: è possibile avere un’avventura senza uscire di casa? E se sì, come?

Ecco otto idee per fare proprio questo e aiutarti ad accendere la gioia del viaggio durante la tua vacanza.

1. Leggi libri e guarda film che ti trasportano

Una delle mie cose preferite da fare prima di fare un viaggio è quello di cercare libri e film che possono aiutarmi a ottenere un’atmosfera per un posto. Ma puoi ancora farlo anche se stai vicino a casa.

Cerca libri o film famosi, o meno famosi, della parte del mondo che stai perluettando. Vale soprattutto la pena cercare opere di autori nativi o indigeni, che vivono o sono cresciuti in un luogo, al contrario di scrittori di viaggio che tendono ad avere una prospettiva più limitata. Poi perdersi in questi durante la settimana di soggiorno.

E quando finalmente fai quel viaggio? La prospettiva storica e culturale che hai acquisito lo renderà ancora più stimolante.

2. Amplia i tuoi orizzonti musicali

La musica è profondamente legata alle nostre emozioni, il che lo rende particolarmente trasportante. I suoni eterei di Sigur Ràs, per esempio, possono creare un’atmosfera islandese da sogno. L’ukulele hawaiano e la musica hula portano la spiaggia nel tuo salotto, con un’atmosfera così rilassante che può districare i nodi anche nelle spalle più strette. La musica caraibica, che si tratti di reggae o calypso, salsa o soca, ha un potere simile per impostare il tono per un pomeriggio rilassato.

Prova a cercare artisti o generi musicali dalla destinazione desiderata e crea una playlist per aiutarti a impostare l’atmosfera. In alternativa, se utilizzi Spotify, potresti essere in grado di trovare playlist già pronte piene di brani che possono portarti in luoghi.

3. Sorseggiare un apéritif adatto al luogo

L’ora del cocktail è spesso fatturata come un momento per fuggire dalla realtà. Che tu abbia dovuto annullare un viaggio o che tu abbia semplicemente un’acceamazione ad occhi aperti, una piccola ricerca può aiutarti a trasformare questo rituale quotidiano in uno gioioso.

Quindi, se il sud della Francia è all’ordine del giorno delle vacanze, ordina una bottiglia di Ricard al gusto di anice o un rosato luminoso. Se l’Italia è nel piano, prova a fare il tuo amaro o alla ricerca online di bibite italiane amare. Per le destinazioni degli Stati Uniti, cerca i microbirrifici locali che puoi ordinare direttamente: ci sono piccoli birrifici in tutti i 50 stati.Anche la tua scelta non deve essere alcolica. Si consideri il tè dolce del sud o l’agua fresca messicana, o esplorare questa lista di 100 bevande analcoliche che vengono assaporate in tutto il mondo.

4. Fai un’avventura culinaria

Nei miei ricordi di viaggio, cibo e avventura vanno di pari passo. Ricordo di aver 13 anni, di aver mangiato una pizza nel Nord Italia che era molto più sottile e floppier, il pomodoro tanto pomodoro-ier che a casa. Quelle prime zuppe tom yum nel sud della Thailandia quando avevo 26 anni, un po’ aspre e molto più caldo di qualsiasi altro che avessi mai avuto prima. Un mucchio di rambutan wiry dai mercati in Vietnam. Khachapuri ripieni di formaggio a Tbilisi. Il viaggio mi ha spalanato il palato.

Se desideri nuove avventure culinarie, concediti un libro di cucina che ti permette di esplorare la cucina di una terra lontana. Ad esempio, la Gerusalemme di Yottam Ottolenghi e Sami Tamimi vi trasporterà nel Mediterraneo, mentre The Slanted Door di Charles Phan vi darà una finestra sul Vietnam. Se avete bisogno di trovare ingredienti, internet può aiutare a rifornire la vostra dispensa con un paio di nuove spezie o condimenti per rendere queste ricette cantare.

Non che la tua scelta debba essere esotica. È possibile trovare l’avventura in hot dog se ti manca il parco palla, zucchero filato se si desidera che tu fossi in un parco di divertimenti, pesce se hai voglia della riva. La shortcake alla fragola mi ricorda le visite estive alla casa di riposo dei miei nonni in Florida, così come il budino al limone comprato in negozio con meringa in cima. Sintonizzatevi su ciò che avete voglia e vedete dove il cibo vi porta!

5. Gioca un nuovo gioco

I giochi da lontano ampliano il nostro campo di gioco, rivelando nuovi modi per accedere al nostro bambino interiore senza età. Se avete una destinazione in mente, cercare i giochi che vengono giocati o inventati in quella parte del mondo, come mahjong in Cina, bocce in Francia o perudo, creduto di essere un gioco inca portato in Spagna nel XVI secolo.

O andare al contrario: Ricerca le origini di un gioco preferito del tuo e vedere dove ti porta!

6. Visita un museo – praticamente

I musei in molte località hanno iniziato a riaprire con distanziamento sociale e maschere, ma se non sei pronto ad andare di persona, puoi trascorrere un pomeriggio esplorandoli online. Il progetto Arts and Culture di Google ha digitalizzato centinaia di collezioni e tour online nei musei di tutto il mondo. Trovarne uno vicino alla tua destinazione utilizzando questa mappa.

Sì, non è come vedere le opere di persona, ma si arriva al museo-hop senza i vincoli della vita reale. Quando altro si può controllare la Tate, il Reina Sofia e il Museo dell’Acropoli tutto in un giorno? Puoi anche esplorare per artista o tema, componendo il tuo “museo” dalle collezioni dei migliori del mondo.

6. Visita un parco nazionale

Il campeggio è un tipo di vacanza che è per lo più sicuro e accessibile da fare in questo momento. Ma se non riesci ad arrivare ai grandi spazi aperti, porta la vita all’aria aperta a te – con un tour online di uno dei parchi nazionali americani. Esplora un vulcano hawaiano, immergiti in un naufragio della Florida o cavalca a cavallo attraverso le rocce rosse del Bryce Canyon.

Simile alle visite virtuali al museo, queste non sono un vero e proprio sostituto per andare di persona. Ma queste avventure digitali possono fornirti un cambiamento di ritmo rinfrescante e ricaricabile.

7. Imparare una nuova lingua

“La lingua è il luogo di dimora di idee che non esistono da nessun’altra parte”, scrive l’ecologista Robin Wall Kimmerer nel libro Braiding Sweetgrass. “È un prisma attraverso il quale vedere il mondo.” Anche solo pronunciando poche parole da un’altra lingua può perrci di cambiare la nostra prospettiva e sentirci più connessi a un luogo. Le pronunce deliberate dell’atmosfera islandese di un pezzo con il bellissimo paesaggio ineffabile del paese. La musicalità di hawaiano, una lingua con solo otto consonanti, ha una dolcezza che si sente come l’acqua che si vede ad ogni turno. Dire qualcosa in italiano – anche se sono solo le parole per “ciao” e “grazie” – si sente come una finestra sulla bella vita.

Se c’è un posto che chiama il tuo nome, perché non imparare alcune delle basi della lingua? L’app gratuita Duolingo offre 35 lingue diverse (tra cui Klingon!).

8. Acquista un souvenir

Per molti di noi, un viaggio non è completo senza qualcosa per ricordare il viaggio. Questa è una delle mie cose preferite da fare quando si viaggia – scouting fuori tappeti in Marocco, stampe alla pulce di Parigi o artigianato da un supporto lungo la strada.

Ma se non puoi andare di persona, perché non farlo al contrario, scegliendo un’opera d’arte per aiutarti a costruire l’anticipazione per un viaggio a venire? Puoi ricercare gallerie e artisti a destinazione su Etsy e acquistare un’opera d’arte da aggiungere a casa tua. Quando si arriva a prendere il vostro viaggio, si potrebbe – se è possibile – organizzare una visita in studio o cercare di tempo per il prossimo spettacolo dell’artista.

Se hai dovuto annullare i viaggi a causa della pandemia COVID-19 o semplicemente non hai il budget o il tempo per viaggiare in questo momento, prova a sovrat layering alcune di queste idee insieme per creare una sorta di immersione a casa.

L’idea di questo post in realtà è iniziata quando io e mio marito abbiamo dovuto annullare la nostra “babymoon” alle Hawaii all’inizio di quest’anno. Di fronte al rischio di essere messi in quarantena, incinta e lontano da casa, non abbiamo avuto rimpianti di annullare il nostro viaggio.

Tuttavia, siamo rimasti delusi. Non avevamo avuto una vacanza da un bel po ‘, ed era quella parte dell’anno nel nord-est degli Stati Uniti dove il grigio si sente senza fine. La settimana del nostro viaggio cancellato, eravamo inclini a mope intorno alla casa.

Poi Albert ebbe un’idea: E se portava le Hawaii a casa?

Uno dei nostri rituali quando siamo a Honolulu per visitare la famiglia è quello di andare all’hotel Halekulani a Waikiki al tramonto per bere mai tais, mangiare gamberetti di cocco e torta di cocco, e ascoltare musica ukulele. (È un po’ turistico? Sicuro. Ma il mix di sensazioni è dannatamente gioioso!)

Così abbiamo ordinato un mucchio di decorazioni tropicali e leis, che abbiamo messo in tutta la casa. Abbiamo cercato le ricette per gamberetti di cocco e torta e subbed vergine pia coladas per mai tais da quando ero incinta. Abbiamo trovato una playlist di musica hula hawaiana. Albert ha indossato la sua camicia aloha preferita e io ho indossato un abito tropicale, e per una serata, ci lasciamo trasportare.

No, non è stata buona come una settimana nella terra degli arcobaleni. (Che cos’è?) Ma a modo suo, è stato altrettanto memorabile. Il viaggio ci scrolla di dosso il nostro quotidiano, rimuovendo i nostri cuscinetti familiari e staccandoci dalle nostre preoccupazioni e problemi. Anche questo ha fatto, rompendo il nostro crollo, e ricordandoci che abbiamo il potere di fare la nostra gioia.

SW6D

Visto turistico speciale per rilanciare il mercato immobiliare di Phuket

Le aziende sperano che l’apertura di Phuket ai turisti aiuti il ​​settore immobiliare in crisi.
Un piano per aprire gradualmente il paese ai turisti sarà un vantaggio per le vendite di proprietà a Phuket, a seguito di un crollo dovuto alle restrizioni di viaggio che mantengono i viaggiatori a casa, secondo un mercato immobiliare online.

Stuart Coakley, direttore del Property Discount Centre Thailand, ha applaudito la decisione del governo di accogliere i turisti nell’ambito del regime speciale di visti turistici, dicendo che si tratta di “notizie positive” per il mercato immobiliare sull’isola e in altre località.

Phuket è una delle destinazioni per i turisti stranieri nell’ambito del programma speciale. Il primo gruppo di 120 turisti provenienti da Guangzhou arriverà sull’isola domenica dopo la fine del festival vegetariano, secondo il Ministero dello sport e del turismo.

Il signor Coakley ha affermato che il settore immobiliare a Phuket migliorerà notevolmente dopo che il mondo ha sviluppato con successo i vaccini Covid-19, poiché turisti e investitori sarebbero tornati sull’isola e in altre destinazioni in Thailandia.

“Confidiamo che non appena il problema con Covid-19 sarà risolto e le frontiere thailandesi saranno nuovamente aperte ai turisti, Phuket tornerà ad essere una destinazione ad alto traffico per turisti e investitori stranieri”, ha detto.

Il successo della Thailandia nel contenere la pandemia ha anche messo il paese sulla mappa per gli acquirenti e gli investitori di proprietà, ha detto.

“Un grande vantaggio è anche la fantastica situazione con un numero estremamente ridotto di infezioni da Covid”, ha detto.

Il Property Discount Centre Thailand si propone come uno sportello unico per l’acquisto e la vendita di immobili sia online che offline, con Phuket selezionata come una delle sue basi in Thailandia.

Phuket è una delle mete preferite per i vacanzieri stranieri, in particolare i cinesi.

PAY ATTENTION TO THE TYPE OF MASK FOR DSA TRAVELERS AND FOR ITALY

The rule is this: “Passengers on the aircraft – reads the Dpcm – must necessarily wear a surgical mask, which will be replaced every four hours in the event that an exception to the interpersonal distance of one meter is allowed”.

The point is the interpretation: is the surgical mask only the one you buy at the pharmacy? Or are the common fabric masks also considered “surgical”?

There does not seem to be a clear and unambiguous answer. The civil aviation authority, ENAC, responded only informally – there are no official notes on the site – interpreting the rule in an extensive way, that is, considering the cloth masks equivalent to the surgical ones (and at this point it is necessary to have two in case of flights longer than four hours). But Alitalia, for example, has interpreted the use of a medical, surgical or Ffp2 or Ffp3 mask as mandatory. So excluding the cloth masks.

Coronavirus Travel Advice | Latest information for the UK

As of 3 October, travellers to the UK from Turkey, Poland and three Caribbean islands must self-isolate for 14 days on arrival, joining popular destinations like France, Denmark, Spain and parts of Greece

Information is changing every day which can make it hard to keep up with the facts that are most relevant to you. We’re continually keeping this page up to date regarding the current coronavirus pandemic, COVID-19, and what impact it might have on your travel plans. So whether you need it now, or in the near future, it’s worth a bookmark.

We strongly recommend reading the Coronavirus advice from your local authorities and governments, such as the UK’s Foreign Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), as well as the guidance from the World Health Organization (WHO).

This page was last updated on 20 October 2020. To our knowledge, the information on this page was correct at the time of publication.

Coronavirus travel restrictions and bans

Government travel advice

Following the outbreak of COVID-19, the WHO, the FCDO and UK government response are offering coronavirus travel advice for people overseas.

From 10 July, people arriving in the UK from more than 50 low-risk countries including Germany, Denmark and Italy no longer need to quarantine. Countries with high infection rates, including the USA, are not included on the travel corridors list, meaning quarantine measures are in place. On 12 September, Sweden was added to this list, meaning that you no longer need to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival in the UK from there.

The FCDO still advises British nationals against all but essential international travel to all countries not included on the travel corridors list, which is under constant review. To see the countries where you can currently travel to from the UK, you can visit our map with the latest travel restrictions.

Some ‘travel bubbles’ are being considered. These would allow reciprocal open borders between certain countries – for example, there’s a proposed Trans-Tasman bubble between Australia, New Zealand, Tasmania and the Pacific Island.

Coronavirus travel bans and restrictions by country

To mitigate the spread of COVID-19, many countries have placed entry restrictions on travellers or closed their borders entirely. If you’re travelling during this period, it’s important to be updated on entry requirements so you won’t run into customs issues at the airport. 

At the moment, borders in most EU countries are open to UK travellers, and the 70+ countries on the travel corridors list have no quarantine measures in place. But due to rising COVID-19 cases, travellers from many popular holiday destinations including Belgium, Croatia, France, Spain and the Netherlands must quarantine for 14 days on arrival back in the UK.

As of 9 September, travellers to the UK from the Greek islands of Lesvos, Tinos, Serifos, Mykonos, Crete, Santorini and Zakynthos must also self-isolate for 14 days on arrival.

As of 12 September, the FCDO advises against all but essential travel to Portugal, meaning that travellers from there will have to self-isolate for 14 days on their return to the UK. The same quarantine period also applies to Hungary, Reunion and French Polynesia from 12 September.

On 26 September, Curaçao, Denmark, Iceland or Slovakia were also removed from the exemptions list.

Since 3 October, travellers arriving in the UK from Turkey, Poland and the Caribbean islands of Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba also must self-isolate for 14 days.

Can I travel within the UK?

Within the UK, a three-tier system was implemented on 14 October, ranking each area of the country as either ‘medium’, ‘high’ or ‘very high’ risk in terms of coronavirus infection rates. If you live in tier one (‘medium’ risk) you can travel to any other areas also in tier one. This technically stands for tier two as well, although it is advised against. No one should travel in or out of a tier three area except for essential reasons.

How does the COVID-19 outbreak impact travel within Europe and to the rest of the world? Check out our global map page to find out the latest travel restrictions from the UK to the rest of the world:

Latest information about airlines & Coronavirus flight cancellations

A number of countries have imposed travel restrictions due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Flights have been disrupted since March. Check the FCDO website for daily updates on specific destinations.

To find out about specific airline route information, as well as current Coronavirus flight cancellations, rebooking or refund policies, you can find all the latest news and travel updates on their websites or check with the International Air Travel Association.

Flights are running, although those in operation are exercising social distancing and mandatory mask wearing. Quarantine on arrival often applies as well as other measures such as temperature checks. Check the entry criteria for each destination before travelling, on the IATA information page.

  1. Ryanair: Ryanair has dropped its flight change fees for all new bookings made for travel in July, August and September with travel up to 31 December, but those who choose not to fly due to FCDO rules will not be eligible for a refund. Flights are still operating to Spain, Portugal, Greek islands and Turkey. If your flight gets cancelled due to coronavirus you will be notified by email and SMS, and given the option to request a travel voucher. If you want a refund, fill in their refund application form.
  2. easyJet: The airline is running some flights to destinations not on the FCDO quarantine list. It has cancelled its package holidays to France. If the airline cancels your booking, you will be offered a voucher for the value of your ticket plus a booking incentive valid until September 2021, or you can apply for a cash refund. You can change your flight with no fee up to 14 days before departure.
  3. Jet2: The airline has cancelled package holidays to Turkey until mid-October, holidays to Portugal until February 2021, and flights to Croatia, Spain and the Balearic Islands for the rest of the season. Customers whose travel plans were affected will be contacted by the customer services team to either rebook with no fee, arrange refund credit or opt for a full refund.
  4. Wizz Air: If your flight gets cancelled due to coronavirus restrictions you will be offered a refund or credit for a future flight. You can rebook to an alternative destination provided it is not subject to travel restrictions.
  5. Emirates: Emirates is operating passenger flights from Dubai and other airline passengers can transit through Dubai airport. If your flight was cancelled due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, and you made the booking before 31 August for travel up to 30 November 2020, you can complete a Travel Voucher request form to re-book your flight up to 24 months later.
  6. Norwegian: Norwegian Airlines is operating a limited flight schedule until further notice. If your flight is cancelled you will receive confirmation via SMS and email. You can request a refund of your unused ticket, or opt for flight credit and get an extra 20% towards a future trip. 
  7. TUI: TUI began holidays again on 11 July 2020 but has since cancelled trips to: Turkey until 22 October; the Canary Islands until 22 October; Portugal until 22 October; and many more (listed on their website). If your holiday is affected you can claim refund credit or fill in the refund request form. If you have a holiday booked to a destination not approved by the FCDO, you can change your booking for free. If you’re not able to travel within 14 days of your departure date due to local lockdowns, you can choose a different holiday. If the new holiday is cheaper, you’ll be refunded the difference. And if it’s more expensive, you’ll need to pay the new balance.
  8. KLM: Existing bookings can be rebooked free of charge for travel until 30 June 2021. If your flight was cancelled by the airline between 15 March and 4 June you are eligible for a refund. For other flights, refund and rebooking options differ depending on when the flight was booked and scheduled for departure.
  9. Virgin Atlantic: The carrier is flying 14 return flights a week from London Heathrow to six destinations: Hong Kong, Shanghai, Barbados, New York, Los Angeles and Miami. If you want to change your booking, you can rebook for travel up to 30 September 2022. If your flight is cancelled, you will be contacted to discuss refund and rebooking options, and your ticket will automatically be kept open as credit to use up to 31 May 2022.
  10. Vueling Airlines: You’ll receive an email from the airline if your flight is cancelled, as well as a URL to a form where you’ll be able to reschedule your flight for free or request a refund. The airline has removed all change fees from website and app bookings.
  11. British Airways: If your flight has been cancelled you can claim a voucher to the value of your booking online or call customer services to discuss refund options. Vouchers will be valid for travel until 30 April 2022 and can be used as payment, or part payment, for a future booking. You can change the dates and destination of your booking for free until 31 October, although you will need to pay any difference in fare.
  12. Finnair: Bookings made up to 31 August 2020 can be rescheduled free of charge, and cancelled flights scheduled for departure after 1 July can be rebooked free of charge until 31 May 2021. If your flight is cancelled you will be contacted by the airline to discuss rebooking or refund options.
  13. Turkish Airlines: Flights were suspended until 28 May 2020. Any bookings made before 20 March 2020 can be rebooked free of charge until 28 February 2021, and bookings made after 20 March 2020 can be rescheduled for free until 31 December 2021.

Have you been impacted by Coronavirus flight cancellations? Get more useful advice in our article on what to do if your flight is cancelled or delayed.

FAQs

While this is a fast-developing situation, here are four Coronavirus travel need-to-knows:

What precautions should I take while travelling during the coronavirus disease outbreak?

There are a lot of practical steps you can take. Regularly wash your hands (with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand gel), avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth and stay at least two metres away from someone who is coughing or sneezing. Airlines that are in operation are enforcing social distancing, and mask-wearing is usually mandatory. Read more.

What should I do if I am still abroad?

The FCDO still advises British nationals against all but essential international travel to all countries not included on the travel corridors list. Please visit the FCDO website to check the latest advice from wherever you are in the world. If you need to change your flight to return from one of these destinations, start by contacting your airline straight away.

I want to cancel my travel plans due to the Coronavirus. How do I do this and can I get a refund?

First of all, call the airline, hotel or online travel agent you booked with. Not sure which company you used? You’ll see their name on your bank or credit card statement as well as the email you received from them to confirm the booking. You’ll find more details, including contact information, on our help page.

My flight has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus. How do I get a refund?

Call the airline or online travel agent. With so many travel plans changed, it may take longer than usual to speak to someone who can help but keep trying. If the airline or online travel agent tells you that a refund isn’t available or they’ve stopped trading, it might be worth getting in touch with your credit card company if that’s how you booked. If you have travel insurance, get in touch with your provider as well.

Will my travel insurance cover coronavirus-related flight cancellations?

It depends on your policy. Check their website or give them a call to find out more.

For more answers to commonly asked questions on Coronavirus (COVID-19), click here. We have also responded to the top questions from our traveller community in a Q&A which is available here.

This page was last updated on 20 October 2020. To our knowledge, the information on this page was correct at the time of publication. However, given the nature of the COVID-19 crisis, information will vary by location and change at short notice and over time. We will do our best to keep this page up-to-date, however this cannot be guaranteed.

This page has been created for general guidance only and has not been designed for you or any specific circumstances relevant to you. It is highly recommended that you check your government’s latest travel advice before travelling or making any decisions to travel.

New Normal the rule for Phuket Veg Fest

PHUKET: Officials yesterday (Oct 14) confirmed that the upcoming Phuket Vegetarian Festival will be held under new normal conditions and strict controls are to be adhered to in regards to the quality of food distributed at the event.

Present at the radio interview, which takes place every Wednesday, were Phuket City Mayor Somjai Suwansupana and Vachira Phuket Hospital Director Dr Chalermpong Sukontapol.

Mayor Somjai explained that Phuket is an island and there is not much land for agriculture, so we have to import most of the ingredients and vegetables. Phuket City Municipality normally sends some officers from the Department of Public Health and Environment to randomly check the contaminants in foods and ingredients. 

“During the festival, the municipality will coordinate with the Phuket Public Health Office (PPHO) to send officers to check the quality of ingredients and cooking process at each shrine and food stalls,” Mayor Somjai explained. 

“Officers will also give advice to those cooking the food and the sellers to ensure nothing improper is found, especially in cooking oils, as most vegetarian foods in the festival are fried foods. 

“All ceremonies will be under the new normal measures. Those who join the ceremony in the shrines will have to wear face masks, maintain social distance standards between one another, wash hands as often as possible, and avoid unnecessarily crowded areas as much as possible.

“Selling firecrackers is prohibited, except for those used as part of the ceremony. All shrines are asked to not have children to join in any ceremony,” Mayor Somjai added.

Dr Chalermpong explained that medical officers have worked extremely to ensure no second wave outbreak of the virus.

“Following the meeting of the communicable committee, we all agreed that there must be limitations for the number of people joining each ceremony,” Dr Chalermpong said.

“Masong must try to limit the level of torturing they endure and display and people must wear face masks at all times,” he added.

Dr Chalermpong further explained that overseas tourists will not be permitted until Oct 26 which is after the festival and therefore there is no need for concern among local residents or those attending from nearby surrounding provinces.

“Foreign tourists will arrive on Oct 26 and will have to quarantine in a hotel so local people do not need to be worried. We have prepared all of the safety processes,” he said.