Confusion over air corridors and quarantine requirements has seen an agent approached by baffled staff at a local GP surgery.
Lee Hunt, Deben Travel owner and managing director said he was called by the receptionist at a local medical centre who said they were seeing an increasing number of requests from patients for Covid testing due to destinations requiring it on arrival.
“The receptionist said: “As if we’ve not got enough to deal with, now we’re getting a number of calls requesting Covid testing for our holiday,” Hunt said.
“I reassured them and said it’s not for every destination and pointed them in the right direction of websites they need to go into.”
Hunt said he then did his own research about specific destinations. “The tricky one is Hungary, because we do a lot of city breaks to Budapest. You need two negative tests, 48 hours apart, within five days of arrival. I can’t even get my head around that, let alone describe it to a customer.”
Hunt said the GP’s query showed the need for more comprehensive information.
“It highlights the importance that yes it’s great that we’ve got this list of air corridors, but it’s not good enough just seeing Hungary on the list and assuming that’s going to be okay.”
He said he advised clients of the current requirements but warned them that these could change.