That is the question…
In addition to social distance and vacation, “airlift” is another word that should be added to the (rather undesirable) 2020 lexicon. What is an airlift? This is one way to bypass and bypass quarantine requests. According to the telegraphThe UK will shortly build air bridges with low-risk countries, including France, Italy, Spain, Greece and Germany.
But what does this really mean to protect the traveler? And to prevent the further spread of coronavirus? It is all very good to keep travelers at the airport at a distance, but this becomes redundant if airlines do not implement social distancing on board. EasyJet plans to restart numerous routes from July 1st. They will operate 500 flights a day across Europe, including over 900 flights a week to and from the UK. When flying over the new biosafety site, the only real change seems to be the mandatory wearing of face masks on all flights. There will also be no catering service on board other than water. Another indication of a difference is that some airports (which one?) May have a quick temperature check performed. If you fail this, you have to go home.
This is far from the travel regulation of my country of residence, Singapore. Singapore has adopted a rigorous approach to keeping corona virus under control, and the borders are practically sealed. The only concession is the fast track agreement between Singapore and six Chinese provinces. Here is the process as in Straits Times::
A Singapore traveler who travels to China has to do a swab test for the virus before leaving. In China, another swab test and antibody test are underway and the traveler must follow a pre-approved itinerary. After returning to Singapore, he must adhere to a 14-day notice and undergo another swab test. The traveler must pay for these tests, which can cost up to $ 200 each.
It really makes you rethink these travel plans …
Thanks to my favorite Insta account, Passenger shameI wiped long airline seats and tray tables. Perhaps the only positive change after Covid is that airlines should clean and disinfect thoroughly every day. In addition, we should all now have an increased level of hygiene. We hope that we all wash our hands regularly.
I am still very controversial as to whether we should fly internationally. The travel industry has been decimated and airlines have cut so many jobs. It is hard to watch the industry that has fueled my greatest passion go under. Personally, I would LOVE to cum somewhere soon. I am based in Singapore and my family lives in the UK. This is the first year that we won’t be returning home this summer to visit them. It is heartbreaking for my parents not to see their grandchildren. I also have no idea when it would be safe for them to get on a long-haul flight and get to Singapore.
Despite news from vacationers flying overseas, we have to remember that the fight against coronavirus is far from over. According to the New York Times “The CDC said the US cases are likely to be ten times the official number, and the White House Coronavirus Task Force will meet on Friday for its first briefing in nearly two months.” It seems there is a big difference in how we do it globally.
I can’t help thinking that we still don’t know enough about Covid to open the world so quickly. Airlifts make quarantine unnecessary, but with what risk? If I were to go back to the UK next week, I would not endanger my parents’ visit without quarantining myself for two weeks.
It seems to me that nobody has the right answer. Travel and leisure Have an insightful article on whether it’s safe to fly now. Don’t expect a clear answer. “According to the medical, math, aerospace, and travel experts we spoke to, the answer is complicated and has many limitations.”
In summary, nobody knows. Corona virus is still spreading rapidly. But at what price? On the one hand, an illness that cost lives. On the other hand, an illness that has devastated the economy. It took jobs and livelihoods. I can’t see a way out for now (and my boy wistfully looks back at my old, busy life). What a shit it all shows.
I will leave you with the wise words of the freelancers Travel writer Karen Teewho summarizes it more eloquently than I could ever
Like many who live in Singapore, I am used to the seamless connection of our country to the region and beyond. It was barely a few months ago that international travel was child’s play. …
To help reduce the spread of the virus, I have willingly curtailed my nomadic instincts in the past few months and will continue to do so for as long as it takes.
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