Covid 19 Travel Restrictions: is there light at the end of the tunnel?

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  • PatJordan
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    This morning I received an email from Aspire Lounges:

    The Zurich Aspire Lounge is now open! Good news airport loungers, you can now visit the Zurich Airport Lounge

    https://www.executivelounges.com/airport-lounges/zurich-airport-aspire-lounge?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Zurich%20re-opening&utm_content=Zurich%20re-opening+CID_a910030179163f1d7c380b7436679c6d&utm_source=Email%20marketing%20software&utm_term=Book%20Now

    Could this be the first step in the (admittedly long) road to normality?

    Stay safe everybody.

    Pat

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    J_Pathmore
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    That’s certainly good.

    What I find very interesting is the concept of continued border closures. Of course, screening will be expected when borders reopen (think US/external EU etc.) but outside of an Island nation like NZ or Aus, when do we expect large borders to reopen, under the assumption that COVID will never fully go away, it will only be managed more effectively.

    Skeptics argue that the EU and other big borders will only re-open when there’s a vaccine, of course this is ludicrous because (a) that could be multiple years away or never happen and (b) even if they find a vaccine within a year, it will take another 1-3 years to vaccinate the better part of 7 billion people. Will the EU keep external borders shut this long? I can’t (or don’t want to) imagine that…

    So on the topic of light at the end of the tunnel, when do we think intercontinental borders will reopen (and without some ridiculous 2 week quarantine that will kill off both business and leisure travel)? Based on airline schedules for June posted on this site, it would seem like they’re betting on some kind of intercontinental reopening soon.


    SimonS1
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    So on the topic of light at the end of the tunnel, when do we think intercontinental borders will reopen (and without some ridiculous 2 week quarantine that will kill off both business and leisure travel)? Based on airline schedules for June posted on this site, it would seem like they’re betting on some kind of intercontinental reopening soon.

    My bet – July or August. At that stage Governments will no longer be able to fund people to stay at home becoming unemployed as they have been doing and business will need to resume.


    MartynSinclair
    Participant

    My bet – July or August.

    ..for Europe.

    I think Asia will take a far more cautious approach in fully opening borders…


    stevescoots
    Participant

    My bet – July or August.

    ..for Europe.

    I think Asia will take a far more cautious approach in fully opening borders…

    unfortunatly i tend to agree


    J_Pathmore
    Participant

    I hope you’re all correct. My fingers are crossed. I’m no epidemiologist, but all my readings suggest that closed borders for huge land connected countries like the US and those in Europe will have very limited benefits right now, and a high economic toll.


    SimonS1
    Participant

    Italy reopening from 3rd June, no quarantine.

    https://www.thenational.ae/world/europe/coronavirus-italy-to-allow-international-travel-from-june-3-1.1020128

    Football in Germany restarting today albeit behind closed doors.

    I haven’t seen it reported but colleagues tell me EK is targeting 1 July for Dubai flights to crank up.

    Things are starting to move.


    capetonianm
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    I saw on one of the television news bulletins this morning that Moenchen Gladbach have started playing and they filled the stadium with cardboard cutouts of the supporters. Brilliant idea.


    GivingupBA
    Participant

    J_Pathmore said, “….when do we think intercontinental borders will reopen (and without some ridiculous 2 week quarantine that will kill off both business and leisure travel)?”

    My guess is July 2020 at the latest for much or most of the world including Asia


    fatbear
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    I saw on one of the television news bulletins this morning that Moenchen Gladbach have started playing and they filled the stadium with cardboard cutouts of the supporters. Brilliant idea.

    They knicked the idea from Dinamo Brest in Belarus. And the bulletins you saw were not accurate ( yet ). Gladbach were away at Frankfurt today and didn’t take the cut-outs with them. They are at home to Bayer Leverkusen next Saturday so we might get to see them then !


    AMcWhirter
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    Thailand extends international arrivals’ ban.

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    K1ngston
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    My bet – July or August.

    ..for Europe.

    I think Asia will take a far more cautious approach in fully opening borders…

    unfortunatly i tend to agree

    Steve, I have always stated that things will get back to semblance of normality in September, June – July things start to open slowly, then you will have the inevitable getting back into sequence for the month of August and then September is when I see things starting to become a little easier for travel and easing of restrictions. That is of course there are no spikes during the months of July, August

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