The Delta variant is spreading more and more in Europe to the point of being registered several compatriots blocked in some countries due to the infection. There are many fears in this regard, which is why we have decided to explain to you what to do if you are positive about Covid while on holiday abroad.
We assume that, in the event that you are infected or are subjected to quarantine for close contacts with positives abroad, it is not possible to immediately return to Italy. But not only. Positivity to Covid-19 also means revocation of the Green Pass e isolation in Covid hotels or in the structures provided by the host country, almost always at the expense of the host government (at least in the countries that are part of the European Union), but with the assistance of the Italian Embassy.
What to do before leaving for abroad
In order to avoid contagion, it is good to take a series of actions before leaving for your trip abroad. In booking stage, for example, it is advisable to carefully plan every aspect of the holiday and keep constantly updated on the epidemiological situation of the country you want to reach. All this can be done through the institutional websites of travel destinations, the Farnesina website, ViaggiareSicuri, which offers a complete and updated list of all the anti-Covid regulations in force, and the European map for safe travel: Re-Open Eu.
This is because some countries require mandatory quarantine on the territory, others the negative report of a molecular or antigenic swab, to be carried out within 48 or 72 hours of departure, despite having a double vaccination. Without forgetting the compilation of the PLF (here in detail all the countries that require it).
What to do if I test positive
In the case of positivity, before returning, as sometimes happens after a first check at the thermoscanner at the airport, the passenger is blocked. At that point, we proceed with a swab or a test to search for the new Coronavirus. In the event that the test confirms the infection, the subject will have to remain in quarantine or in solitary confinement for two weeks, to be spent in the country where you are, then the one in which you went on vacation.
It is good to know, however, that in every country the treatment for tourists stranded by Covid is different. The tenor of the structures changes, the costs change and, obviously, the efficiency of the various services also changes.
Explains the Farnesina, “it is not possible to travel with commercial vehicles and you are subject to the quarantine and containment procedures provided for by the country in which you are located”.
But not only that, the Farnesina also makes it known that: “these procedures involve, with some possible differences due to different local regulations, also the so-called “contacts” with the positive subject, which are equally subjected to quarantine / isolation by the local authorities of the country in which you are located and that, to protect public health, they will be able to return to Italy at the end of the envisaged period of isolation“.
The provisions currently in force allow you to return to your home, home or residence.
In any case, in the event that Covid prevents departure, it is advisable to contact the Farnesina to make known one’s health and blockage situation abroad.
To date, it is possible to return to Italy by contacting the embassy or consulate of the country where you went on vacation to check the possibilities for repatriation in collaboration with the Farnesina Crisis Unit.
It is important to remember, however, that we must contact the Crisis Unit only in case of need to leave the line free for those who really need it. The telephone number to contact is +39 0636225, or you can consult the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or view the related social channels.
The importance of insurance
In this particular period, if you want to travel abroad, it is good to have a policy that covers any expenses due to the infection. There are numerous companies that offer insurance against Covid-19, suitable for those who want to move and travel. However, it is good to point out that the insurance solutions to choose are varied, but they must be able to cover expenses for medical treatment, including those for local hospitals, any travel and repatriation.
In case it was an organized trip, it is important to immediately check the health insurance included in the package you want to buy and then consider whether to take out individual insurance as well.
He also remembers it the Farnesina that “recommends planning every aspect of the trip with the utmost attention, also considering the possibility of having to spend an additional period abroad, as well as obtain health insurance which also covers the risks associated with Covid”.
Finally, it is fair to be aware that travel insurance abroad must understand, at least: a reimbursement of medical, pharmaceutical and hospital expenses; reimbursement of the penalty in the event of a positive personal or family member prior to departure, ascertained by a swab report; reimbursement of the penalty if you are forced into an isolation regime extension of your stay in the event of a positive outcome; reimbursement of the cost of the positive swab, made within 24 hours of the end of the trip; medical repatriation Assistance during the journey 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Quarantine in the UK
A very special case of quarantine is what happens in the United Kingdom. Here, in fact, the cost of a mandatory stay in a quarantined hotel could increase by £ 500 a second a new government proposal.
This means that the figure could come to a total price of 2 thousand 250 pounds in an effort to discourage unnecessary travel to red-listed countries.
Travelers arriving from high-risk destinations currently pay £ 1750 per person, which includes two Covid PCR tests, airport transport and meals.
It is estimated that around 30,000 of the more than 100,000 people who were asked to stay in quarantined hotels were on leisure travel.
Finally, we remind you that to travel abroad it is necessary to have the Green Pass (here we explain how to download it) and that every country in Europe follows different rules (here a guide on the use of the Green Pass country by country).