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Is it Safe to Travel During This Coronavirus Pandemic?

In this guide, we’ll cover all of the important updates regarding the Coronavirus pandemic. With detailed information on Hungary, Greece, London and Spain.

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In short, the best thing would be to avoid all unnecessary travel, especially to areas that are infected. This is a safe bet to help reduce the likelihood of you contracting and spreading the virus. Aside from this, governments across the world are introducing strict travel restrictions, so any travel plans you have will most likely be impacted.

Top Tips

  • If you are stranded in a foreign country, be sure to contact your home nations embassy for the best advice on what to do.
  • Flight operators are running limited services and there has been a wave of cancellations. So if you were planning on travelling and your flights have been cancelled. Contact the operator from whom you purchased these tickets for more information.

What is Covid-19?

COVID-19 is a new strain of the Coronavirus (Cov) family that was first identified in humans in 2019. Coronaviruses are known to cause a range of illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).

The Coronaviruses are known to be zoonotic, meaning that they can be transmitted between animals and humans. The SARS-CoV strain is said to have been transmitted from civet cats to humans. MERS-CoV was identified to be transmitted between dromedary camels to humans.

The origins of the recently identified COVID-19 strain were traced back to the wet markets in the Wuhan province of China. Wet markets are famous for the stomach-wrenching selection of animals available to eat, from bats, dogs, snakes and much more.

What are the symptoms?


Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, the infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death. However, in the majority of cases, the symptoms remain mild and the only way you can tell your infected is by doing the coronavirus test.

How can you stay protected?

Wash your hands

  • Be sure to regularly wash your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub. This will ensure any viruses you come into contact with are killed.
  • How should you wash your hands properly? – Check out this video

Social Distancing 

  • The WHO advises that you should maintain a 1-3 metre distance from anyone who is coughing or sneezing. This is due to the nature of Covid-19, which is spread through inhaling tiny droplets when sneezing.

Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth

  • These surfaces are common points upon which the virus accumulates. Once you make contact with your hands, it increases the likelihood of the virus spreading.

Seek medical care early

  • If you display symptoms such as a fever, cough and difficulty breathing then be sure to seek medical care. It’s advised to check you local authorities protocol to identify the process.

Self Isolation

  • If you are displaying any symptoms of the virus or have recently visited a country where the outbreak has been confirmed, it is advised that you self quarantine for at least 14 days.

Useful resources

Coronavirus Updates – Hungary – 16/03/2020

Key Numbers 

  • Total Number of people in quarantine: 159
  • Total Number of confirmed cases: 39
  • Total Number of people infected people who’ve made a full recovery: 1

Key Measures That Have Been Taken

  • Hungary has now closed all it’s borders to foreign nationals coming into Hungary
  • All events in Hungary are banned from midnight on Monday,
  • Non-essential stores such as restaurants and cafes will have to close at 3:00 PM
  • Only grocery stores, pharmacies, and drug stores can remain open longer.
  • On-site lectures at universities are now banned
  • All schools will close from Monday 16th March
  • Cinemas, theatres, museums and libraries are now closed in Budapest
  • The government requested everyone above the age of 70 to stay at home

Useful Resources

Coronavirus Updates – Greece – 15/03/2020

Key Numbers 

  • Total Number of confirmed cases: 331
  • Total Number of confirmed deaths: 4
  • Total Number of people who recovered: 8

Key Measures That Have Been Taken

  • A nationwide lockdown similar to that of Spain and Italy is being proposed in the coming days
  • Athens Urban Transport Organization (OASA) has announced a significantly limited public transport operation
  • All shopping malls, theatres, bars, restaurants, cafes and archaeological sites will remain closed for two weeks. We will update this as the news comes through.
  • All indoor public gatherings will be prohibited until further notice
  • All schools, universities, gyms, courts and gyms will be closed to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
  • All flights to and from Italy will be suspended until further notice.
  • Only pharmacies, doctor’s surgeries, supermarkets will remain open
  • Greece is also on the US travel ban list.

Useful Resources

Coronavirus Updates – UK – 16/03/2020

Key Numbers 

  • Total Number of confirmed cases: 1391
  • Total Number of confirmed deaths: 35
  • Total Number of people who have recovered: 20

Key Measures That Have Been Taken

  • Although the Government hasn’t formally announced any major travel restrictions across. There has been a significant reduction in outgoing flights from the UK.
  • Travel operator TUI has announced mass cancellations, with the affected countries including Jamaica, Italy, Spain and Cyprus.
  • Jet2 have announced that flights to mainland Spain, The Balearics and canary islands have been cancelled. more will be cancelled e
  • The UK has also been included in the list of countries affected by the US travel ban.
  • Major sporting events including football and the London Marathon have been postponed until further notice.

Useful Resources

  • Official UK Government Updates
  • Phone Numbers – Emergency: 999 & Non-emergency: 101 – If you’re coming down with a cold or experiencing some coronavirus related symptoms, it’s advised to call 101. Do not visit the hospital A & E’s before calling the non-emergency numbers beforehand.

Coronavirus Updates – Spain – 15/03/2020

Spain is the second-worst affected country in Europe after Italy. The epicentre of the outbreak is said to be Madrid, which accounts for around

A total number of tests completed:  N/A

  • Total Number of confirmed cases: 8794
  • Total Number of confirmed deaths: 297
  • Total Number of people who have recovered: 517

Key Measures That Have Been Taken

  • An official state of emergency to be declared by the Spanish government, with a full-scale lockdown in effect for the next 15 days.
  • The lockdown means that all residents will only be allowed to leave their homes for essential activities such as food shopping.
  • There’s been a major disruption to the country’s transportation system. With all public transport will only be allowed to operate at a third of its capacity.
  • Jet2 have announced that all flights to Spain, Tenerife and the Balearics will be cancelled.

Useful Resources

All the information in the article is factual, having been sourced directly from government authorities, WHO (World Health Organisation). Please check it daily for all important updates.

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