Archives for August 2020

The Eighty British Tourists Who Had To Spend A Night in Spain Instead Of Gibraltar

Gibraltar is a tiny British overseas territory in the Mediterranean, that remains on the UK’s list of “safe” countries and territories, where British holidaymakers can visit without having to self-isolate for 14 days in quarantine when they return to the UK. Spain, on the other hand, is now no longer on this list, having been taken off it due to a huge increase in Covid-19 cases, and therefore all travellers returning to the UK from Spain are now required to self-isolate for 14 days in quarantine upon their return to the UK.

Gibraltar Rock, Gibraltar

Eighty British Tourists who paid in full for a dream trip to quarantine-free Gibraltar, found their dream trip had suddenly turned into a nightmare. Everything became suddenly chaotic, when their flight back from Gibraltar to Gatwick Airport in the UK had been cancelled due to bad weather on Tuesday, the 24th August. This meant that they would all need some sort of overnight accommodation.

Because there were hardly any hotel rooms available overnight that night in Gibraltar, all of the eighty British tourists were accordingly put onto a bus by the airline, and driven across the border in the middle of the night, to a hotel somewhere in Madrid, the capital of neighbouring Spain. And the fact that they had spent a whole night in Spain, meant they had to isolate for 14 days when they got home again, which accordingly meant that if they were workers they would have lost out on two weeks’ pay.

Many of these tourists had carefully saved up the money for this trip of a lifetime, and accordingly, some of them were feeling anxious, frightened, scared, angry and/or upset about having been forced against their will to spend a night in a foreign hotel, somewhere in the wilds of Spain. Some of these eighty British tourists might well have chosen to holiday in Gibraltar rather than the more popular Spain, purely because of there currently being a lot less Covid-19 cases in Gibraltar than in Spain.

Manzanares Castle, Madrid, Spain

Gibraltar currently has only 53 Covid-19 cases, with only four recorded on Monday, 23rd August; four recorded again on Tuesday 24th; and five on Wednesday 26th. On the other hand, Spain currently has 233,253 Covid-19 cases, and had a sudden increase of 19,382 Covid-19 cases recorded on Monday, 23rd August.

Gibraltar’s Chief Minister has said that they are now doing a lot more testing for Covid-19 than other places, and they were very successful at identifying positive cases and imposing self-isolation. They continued to test about 2% of the inhabitants of Gibraltar a day, which is about 1.2 million people a day in the UK. He also said that although they have larger numbers of cases detected, they do not have anyone in hospital with Covid-19, or anyone dying from Covid-19. Gibraltar is a “safe” country.

If you are finding all the changes in which countries are quarantine-free and which are not, are making you feel anxious or scared or worried about travelling to a particular country, or about whether you should even travel, even though you really need a holiday, hypnosis can help you to overcome this feeling of fear and anxiety. Call us now on 07904 605344 for a free consultation.

British Tourists Make A Mad Scramble Back To The UK From France (Over The Weekend Thursday 13th to Sunday 16th August)

At 4 am on Saturday, 14th August, new quarantine rules have come into force. France, along with The Netherlands and Malta, was suddenly removed from the list of “travel corridors”. This means that France is now no longer regarded as a “safe country” that British people could safely travel to, whether for a holiday, or for business purposes. The new quarantine rules mean that now, as soon as British people return to the UK from France, they will have to immediately go into quarantine and self-isolate for 14 days. They will be in lockdown. (British people returning to the UK from The Netherlands and Malta will also have to immediately go into quarantine, and self-isolate for 14 days).

The UK government said that France was taken off the list due to mounting concern about the daily rising numbers of new cases of Covid-19 infections in the country. There were 2,524 new Covid-19 infections reported on Wednesday, 12th August in France, and a 66% increase in positive Covid-19 tests in the past week. The British Prime Minister said that it was now direly necessary to stop more Covid-19 infections being carried into the UK from certain foreign countries like France. He also said that during a pandemic, we cannot have the virus coming back into the UK. There are fears of a second wave of the virus.

Somehow, British tourists in France on Thursday, 13th August, had heard it would be taken off the list of quarantine-free countries. They then started the mad scramble to try and get tickets so they could travel back to the UK in time, in order to avoid having to quarantine for 14 days. In the first hour after the new rules were announced at 10 pm on the Thursday night, about 12,000 British people were trying to book train tickets from France to the UK, compared with the usual hundreds.

A train in the snow

Those who were booking Eurostar tickets online kept on finding themselves logged in to extremely long virtual queues. The train service, Eurotunnel Le Shuttle, which transports vehicles through the Channel Tunnel, was totally full to capacity on the Friday. They were also very busy on the Saturday and Sunday, and they said nobody would be allowed to board alternative shuttles if they did not have a valid booking.

Because there was such a high demand over that particular weekend for train, plane and ferry tickets, prices were very quickly raised. On the Friday, a Eurostar ticket to from Paris to London cost £210, but on the Saturday it cost £165. Some British people had to even buy expensive business class train tickets, which cost nearly £1,000 for two. There were also price hikes in plane tickets. Some airfares over that weekend cost six times as much as they usually did. There were some plane tickets available on the Friday, for a flight from Paris to London Heathrow, costing £452, which subsequently cost only £66 on the Saturday. British travellers had to literally take what tickets they could get.

Now, if you are worrying and becoming anxious because you have a future holiday in France booked for example in September or October, be aware that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office is asking people not to travel unless it is essential. Pre-booked holidays in France should automatically be cancelled by your travel agency, whereupon you will be legally entitled to a refund. If you do not hear from your travel operator, contact them and ask them if you can have either a refund, a refund credit note towards a future holiday with them, travel vouchers or even a change of holiday.

Buckets and Spades

Hypnosis is a wonderful way of easing feelings of anxiety and worry about things, like where you can now go safely for a holiday. If your summer trip to Paris or the South of France has just been cancelled, for instance, and you just do not know what to do and you feel in a muddle about it all, but you still want a break, call us now on 07904 605344 and see how we can help.

Concerns About EU Travel

Because of all the confusion about quarantine rules in different countries, a lot of British travellers are cancelling their summer holidays to France simply because of the worry and the anxiety caused by the fact they may have to quarantine for 14 days when they return to the UK.

Arc de Triomphe, Paris

These tourists might well be very upset about having to cancel their journey, but there are quite a few British holiday home owners in France whose sole income comes from people going over to France and renting a “gite” for the duration of their holiday.

France is possibly about to be taken off the UK government’s list of places that are quarantine-free, because there is an ongoing rise in Covid-19 infections. The country has 12 million or so British holidaymakers a year, and currently has about 1,700 new Covid-19 infections a day. The virus is spreading in mainland France and affects every age group including young adults.

There are people in France who might be running a very successful vineyard, growing and selling all types of wine. Because a lot of the British tourists have cancelled their trips, the holiday home owners could well be losing money on the business, because the customers are pulling out or putting off paying until the last possible moment.

A French holiday farmhouse to rent

Many late summer and autumn holidays are now being cancelled, or the tourists are not making a final payment. The holiday home owners have to spend money on calling them to try and get them to pay, rather than just keep waiting to see if there are changes in the quarantine rules. For a lot of holiday home owners, and owners of ordinary guest houses, the business might be their only source of income.

Hypnosis helps with worry and anxiety about whether to cancel, or go on a trip anyway. For information on how hypnosis works, and how it can help you to not get so anxious, call us on 07904 605344.

How to Stay Safe When Travelling on a Plane

Quarantine rules are constantly being updated, so please do your research before you go. The Covid-19 lockdown restrictions are now being gradually lifted all over the UK, and people are now able to fly to certain countries which have opened their borders. However, when they fly out to these places, they may find that they have to be quarantined for 14 days by self-isolating at home, when they arrive back in the UK, and they need to find out from the airline whether this information applies to their journey before they book it. Accordingly, many travellers and tourists including the frequent flyers among them, have now been left anxiously wondering if and when they will ever be able to fly safely again.

From the 24th July this year, it is now a legal mandatory government regulation to wear some kind of a facemask or a face cloth covering. Therefore, if you wish to make either a short haul or a long haul flight whether for work or for pleasure, you will be required to wear one. You will need to wear it the whole time you are at the airport, and for the entire length of the plane journey. Wearing some kind of face covering is the most important thing you can do when you are flying. This is because a facemask will help to slow the spread of the virus. It will prevent you from spreading droplets into the air when you breathe out, talk, sneeze, or cough, and if other people near you are wearing a facemask when they breathe out, talk sneeze, or cough, it will protect you from getting the virus if these people have got it.

Many airlines are insisting on checking passengers’ temperatures even before they get on board the plane. Therefore it is a very good idea, and a very important thing to do, that you check your own temperature before you even leave the house to go to the airport. You should do this, in order to check yourself over to see if you have a high temperature and a fever, because this is one of the major symptoms of Covid-19. If it turns out that you do actually have a high temperature and a fever, you must not travel to the airport, because passengers above a certain temperature will not be allowed to board the plane.

And, of course, you will also not be allowed to get on the plane if you are showing obvious symptoms of Covid-19. Also, airlines are testing people to see if they have Covid-19 before they board the plane and also when they have got off it at the other end, so you must be aware of that before you travel.

Airlines have been busy changing the rules about the amount of liquid hand sanitizer that passengers can take on board the plane. Contact your airline and ask them to tell you how much hand sanitizer you can bring with you onto the plane, and what types they will allow you to have. You can use hand sanitizer with 60% alcohol as an alternative to handwashing. However, because handwashing with soap and water is far more effective and removes all germs and viruses from your hands, you are advised to take the opportunity to wash your hands thoroughly just before you board, the plane, and again just after you disembark from it when the plane lands.

While you are on the plane, have a packet of disinfectant wipes with you, so that you can wipe down things that you will touch a lot, such as tray tables, seat handles and screens on the back of seats. Doing this wiping down often will help to protect you from Covid-19 during your journey.

Finally, maintain a distance of 2 metres or 6 feet between yourself and the other passengers if this is at all possible. If you can sit a good distance from other passengers, then do so, because you cannot always easily tell by just looking at someone whether they actually have Covid-19, or not. If your allocated plane seat is right next to someone who is very red in the face, and is coughing a lot, ask cabin staff if you can change seats with someone else in a different part of the plane.

When you do and don’t have to Wear a Face Covering

From Friday, the 24th July 2020, there are new rules for people who are in England regarding when and where you must wear a face covering. The government has said that you must now wear a face covering in all the supermarkets, in shops and on all public transport. It is compulsory for people to wear them in some places, but not in others.

Covid-19 Facemasks

You may be finding the information concerning the new rules confusing especially with regard to places like shops, and travelling on public transport if you want to go somewhere on the bus or train. An example of this would be if you go to a takeaway food and drink shop for a cheese sandwich and a carton of coffee to take away with you, then you must wear a facemask. However, if you go to a restaurant, a pub, or a supermarket where you can buy a meal and sit and eat it, then you do not need to do so.

People Wearing Facemasks On A Bus

Face coverings are now compulsory in:- Enclosed public spaces; Shops; Supermarkets; Indoor shopping centres; Transport Hubs; Banks; Post Offices. If you break the rules, you can be fined up to £100. Also, the Police will be allowed to use force to evict customers from shops if they are not wearing a face covering, and can also prevent them from entering shops.

Person Wearing A Covid-19 Facemask

Face coverings are now optional in:- Eat-in cafes; Pubs; Restaurants; Shops or Supermarkets with a seating area where you are allowed to sit down and have a meal that you have bought there (in these places you can remove your face covering so that you can eat and drink); Hairdresser’s, Barber’s, or Salons; Gyms and Leisure Centres; Cinemas, Concert Halls and Theatres; Public Places people can visit such as Museums; the Dentist’s, and the Optician’s.

Basically you should wear a face covering in any indoor space where you cannot keep 2 metres apart from someone else. It will help to reduce the spread of the virus.

If you wear a facemask it will protect you from the virus if another person nearby who is not wearing a face covering breathes, coughs or sneezes the virus into the air. The droplets they eject in this way will float about in the air for a while, and may then be breathed in by people near you who are not wearing a face covering, but the facemask you are wearing will prevent the virus from infecting you. These droplets may then land on nearby surfaces and the virus can live on these surfaces for quite a few days. Healthy people who are not wearing a face covering can then be infected by the virus if they touch these surfaces, and then go on to touch their face or mouth or nose with their fingers, if they do not immediately wash their hands or use hand sanitizer. Again, your facemask will protect you if you touch a surface that has been contaminated by the virus in this way, because it will stop you touching your face or mouth or nose with your fingers.

To put it briefly, if you wear a face covering, it will prevent the virus from infecting you and will therefore also help to reduce the general spread of the virus.

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