What happens if you test positive for Covid abroad


Even fully vaccinated travelers must now take a Covid test before arriving in the UK. So what if your test returns a positive result – or if you happen to contract Covid during your trip?

Here’s what to do if you catch coronavirus while on vacation, whether in the UK or abroad.

What if I am not feeling well on vacation?

Best to travel with a few lateral flow tests to quickly determine if it could be Covid. If so, see below. If you don’t have your own test kit with you, it is normally easy to organize a test locally. There is more advice on TravelHealthPro from Public Health England (travelhealthpro.org.uk) site.

What if I test positive abroad?

If a test turns out positive while you are away, you will of course have to delay your return to the UK and immediately fall under the rules and requirements applicable where you are staying. Assuming you don’t need hospital care, you will need to self-isolate, and different countries vary – even different regions – have different rules. If you are traveling with a tour operator, they have a duty to help you comply with them and to help organize alternative accommodation – although they are not obligated to cover the costs.

If you are traveling alone, your hotel should help you understand the rules and possibly find alternative accommodation if they cannot continue to accommodate you. If you are not staying in a hotel, you will have to sort things out on your own. Government advice on what to do, given on gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice and travelhealthpro.org.uk, can help.

For Spain, for example, the link gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain explains that you should isolate yourself in your accommodation and call a helpline for advice (numbers and details are given on gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain/coronavirus).

The cost of such arrangements varies widely, so this is a key point to consider when choosing a travel insurance policy – see below.

What sort of quarantine do I face if my test is positive?

Isolation programs vary widely across the world. Some countries require you to stay in your current accommodation at your own expense, while others require you to move to a public facility, paid for by the state. Meanwhile, the recently reopened Thailand is transferring all positive cases to hospital, regardless of symptoms. Check the Ministry of Foreign Affairs [gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice] relevant country page before traveling for more information.

What if I have contact with a case abroad?

TravelHealthPro says, “If you have been in contact with a known case of Covid-19, follow relevant public health advice (if applicable) and speak to your health care provider or travel insurance company as soon as possible. possible for additional advice. If you are required to quarantine or self-isolate by local authorities, you should expect to do so in the country where you are located. “

What if I caught Covid on vacation in the UK?

VisitEngland, the English tourist board, has issued guidelines on what to do if you fall ill on a public holiday and warns that an accommodation provider may refuse your stay if you show symptoms of Covid.

He says, “Have a plan in case you get sick while you are away, especially if you are traveling by public transport and need to get home quickly.”

“If you develop symptoms while on vacation, please arrange a test using your vacation address. You must immediately inform your host. If you are staying or traveling with others, they should also self-isolate and take appropriate action based on your test result. .

“[If you test positive] If you feel well enough to travel, you should get home as quickly and directly as possible, using private transportation. “

He advises the following:

  • It is important that you do not use public transport.
  • Test results are delivered by text or email, so if you are not feeling well you do not need to wait for your results, but you need to get home by the most direct means, by transport. private.
  • If you feel so bad that you cannot travel, or if you cannot avoid using public transport, you must continue to isolate (including those traveling with you) and call 111 for further advice.
  • Hosts are not obligated to provide self-isolation facilities, so you will be responsible for any additional costs incurred.

Will travel insurance cover the cost of isolation?

Most will cover you for medical treatment if you fall ill with Covid abroad, but the cost of accommodation for self-isolation is a different matter. PJ Hayman’s TravelPlus policy (pjhayman.com) covers any additional transportation and accommodation (up to a level similar to your original booking) if it is medically necessary for you to extend your stay beyond the date you would return home. With a maximum amount of £ 2,000 per insured if you need to extend your trip because you have tested positive for Covid. Everything is clear (allcleartravel.co.uk), Staysure (staysure.co.uk) and Campbell Irvine (campbellirvinedirect.com) also provide coverage for this.

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