Coronavirus: Poland, Denmark, Slovakia and Ukraine close their borders

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A new wave of countries have banned foreign visitors, including UK citizens, in the last few hours due to coronavirus:

Coronavirus in Poland

Poland will close its border on 15th March.  This will be for an initial 10 day period but with provision for extensions.

Only Polish citizens will be allowed to enter the country.  However, this will only be permitted if they enter quarantine for 14 days.

Source document here.

Poland will close its border on 15th March

Coronavirus in Denmark

Denmark will close its borders on Saturday to all non-residents.  This will last until at least 13th April.

Source document here.

Coronavirus in Denmark

Coronavirus in Slovakia

Slovakia will close its borders today.  The international airports at Bratislava, Kosice and Poprad will close.  This will also apply to Slovak citizens returning from abroad unless they are prepared to enter two weeks of quarantine.

Source document here.  Airport information from the Foreign Office.

Coronavirus in Ukraine

Coronavirus in Ukraine

Ukraine will block all foreign nationals from entering the country for two weeks from Sunday.

Foreign Office guidance here.

Coronavirus in Thailand

And in Thailand …..

Thailand has brought in a complex system for UK residents which, if you choose to travel, will restrict your travel in the country and require you to report your movements and undergo regular checks.  You should undertake your own research on this as, on first glance, it is too complex to summarise here.

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  1. Any thoughts on travel insurance claims for countries now enforcing mandatory quarantine? I’ve internal flights in Argentina booked for a couple of weeks time (I’m no longer intending to travel; was routing there via Sao Paulo on the now cancelled VS flights). Assuming the flights don’t get cancelled, is there a claim on the basis that the country’s mandatory quarantine rules would mean I don’t believe I’d be able to take the flights, even if I did find a re-route to the region?

    Great coverage of the rapidly evolving situation, Rob/HfP.

    • You’re not covered if the flights operate.

      • This is interesting, as my insurance has a payout if I’m quarantined whilst travelling. It’s not a huge amount, but interesting all the same that they would encourage you to travel into something which both parties know will result in a claim.

  2. NZ announced 14 quarantine for all

  3. Thomas Howard says:

    Spain announcing lockdown after numerous jet2 flights heading for the country were turned back mid flight.

  4. Daniel says:

    OT Flights next Thursday booked yesterday on expedia, and the long haul leg got canncelled. Can’t get through to either expedia or Lufthansa to get a refund, and I still don’t have a 13-digit ticket number yet (so tickets aren’t confirmed?).

    Any idea how to deal with this? Should I send an email to say I want to cancel the entire trip to get a timestamp history to do this retrospectively? Thanks

    • It´s outside my understanding why someone bothers booking flights in 1 week time. For today or tomorrow, I can understand. But next week , or indeed in the next couple of weeks??? It´s just torture to get through CS at the moment on any airline or travel agency.

      • Daniel says:

        I was considering moving to China for a couple of weeks where the situation is under much more control than the UK at the moment. It’s for a lot of reasons… sorry if it annoys you

        • Things are under control in China because substantial social distancing measurements are still in place (e.g. Spain & France from now on). That’s after spending the first 14 days in a quarantine centre.

  5. If you are within the 24 hour cool off period that would be the best option. LH will not deal with you so your communication needs to be with Expedia.

  6. Latest update on Vietnam:

    Vietnam Passengers who meet one or more of the following criteria are not permitted to enter Vietnam:
    Visited or transited through Mainland China (excluding Hong Kong SAR and Macau SAR) in the past 14days.
    Effective: 15 March 2020, foreigners who have visited the United Kingdom and the 26 Schengen countries past 14days.
    Effective: 15 March 2020, foreigners holding a “visa on arrival” approval letter.

    To Ho Chi Minh City
    People’s Republic of China passport holder with a “visa on arrival” approval letter.
    Other foreign passport holders with a “visa on arrival” approval letter who have visited Mainalnd China (excluding Hong Kong SAR and Macau SAR) in the past 14days.

    To Hanoi or Da Nang
    People’s Republic of China holders with a “visa on arrival” approval letter or a “tourist” visa (DL).

    Vietnam passport holder
    Diplomatic / official passport holders
    Passenger transit through Vietnam

    To Hanoi or Da Nang
    People’s Republic of China holders with APEC card must present an invitation letter from their company / business partners in Vietnam to prove the entry purpose is for business (not leisure)

    Quarantine Requirements:
    Passengers who have visited or transited through Iran are required to undergo 14-day mandatory quarantine upon arrival.
    Vietnamese citizens who have been to the United Kingdom, Northern Ireland and the 26 Schengen countries in the past 14days, shall be centrally isolated for 14days upon entry.
    Foreigners who have been to the United Kingdom and the 26 Schengen countries AND arriving Vietnam before 15th March, 1200pm (Local Time), will require to undergo 14days quarantine upon entry.

    Suspension of the visa waiver program for the following nationals:
    South Korea, Italy, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Sweden
    United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain
    Effective 15 March 2020, 12:00pm (local time) Suspension of the Visa on Arrival to all nationals:
    Suspension of visa exemption for Vietnamese or family members of Vietnamese holding foreign passport.

  7. Morocco also seems to have closed its borders, a friend of mine is stuck in Casablanca , was supposed to get back via Paris, cancelled, rebooked onto LH via MUC/FRA, cancelled too… government flights from France are supposed to get him home

  8. I can’t find any source for the Thailand rules. Does anyone have a link?

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