Treatment abroad during Covid-19

Treatment abroad during Covid-19During Covid-19 outbreak, we have different rules for treatment abroad. It will have an impact on the way you travel and receive treatment. But most important you still have a right to travel abroad and receive NHS refunded treatment even during this time. We will try to update information as often as possible.

Travel and treatment in Poland during COVID-19

As of 13 June 2020, Poland has restored full border traffic within the internal borders of the European Union. Travellers have regained the right to free entry, exit and transit through the territory of the Republic of Poland. Importantly, they do not have to quarantine. Flights between Poland and the UK are suspended until at least 30 June 2020. Persons crossing the borders of the Republic of Poland that are internal EU borders (including from the UK), do not have to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine.

On return back to the UK after treatment abroad during COVID-19, there could be you will be asked to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine.

Travel and treatment in Spain during COVID-19

Spain lifted border controls with all European Union member states from 21 June, the end of the state of alarm, and will no longer impose quarantine on visitors. Flights between Spain and the UK are gradually reopening due to reduction of Covid-19.

Treatment abroad during COVID-19 at our partners Quirónsalud’s hospitals are taking safety measures to allow all patients to receive care regularly and normally.

In order for patients to receive medical care, Quirónsalud has adapted their facilities to the new situation by creating multiple and differentiated circuits to attend urgent cases and patients whose care has not been interrupted. Those circuits have been established with the maximum security, hence all the areas exposed to treat Covid-19 patients have progressively been disinfected. In addition to the protocols focused on the reactivation of the activity, in some centres different measures are currently being applied, for example:

  • Differentiated circuits to be able to attend patients as safely as possible.
  • Telemedicine. Non-face-to-face consultations via telephone, videoconference or chat have been conducted during the pandemic.
  • Thermal imaging cameras that, using an infrared ray system, allow people with a fever to be detected automatically.
  • Disinfection with pioneering cold aerosolization systems, capable of generating a mist consisting of 1 billion micro drops of disinfectant dissolved in water and using air as a driving force.
  • Disinfection with ultraviolet C and UVC technology.

We would like to share some figures regarding the collective effort that the Quirónsalud Group has made up to date to respond to this crisis:

  1. Around 15,000 COVID-19 patients have been admitted to the Group’s hospitals (1,400 in ICU beds). The following numbers represent approximately 1 out of 8 hospitalized patients in Spain, therefore, about 13% of the total, which is a percentage significantly higher than the one that would correspond to the Group according to its number of beds. In the most affected places, such as Madrid and Barcelona, ​​almost 1 out of 5 hospitalized patients have been treated at Quirónsalud (being a part of the risky and elderly patients).
  2. In the first weeks of the crisis, 1,400 additional beds were added, including 400 new ICU beds (doubling the company’s initial capacity) and 140 beds in a medicalized hotel. In addition, around 350 new respirators were incorporated (including 30 that were shipped from Germany), all of that, in a context of huge international shortage.
  3. Additionally, almost 2,000 new staff were hired to respond to both the avalanche of patients and the sick leave. Nearly 250 volunteers from our centres travelled throughout Spain to support the most critical moments in Madrid and Barcelona.
  4. Diagnostic kits (both PCR and antibodies) have multiplied, and more than 3.5 million protective kits (including 2.5 million masks) have been purchased, including 2 ambulances bought to move patients quickly between our hospitals.
  5. The Group was the first to carry out massive tests on the entire workforce of 40,000 employees.
  6. Digital consultations have accelerated and, during this crisis, Quirónsalud has exceeded 2 million users on their Patient Portal. Therefore, it is clear that digitalization is here to stay.

On return back to the UK, there could be you will be asked to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine, but Spanish travel minister is working hard to agree with the UK to remove quarantine for passengers coming from Spain.

Travel and treatment in Latvia

There are currently no direct commercial flights leaving Latvia to return to the UK.

There are some flights operated by Air Baltic, Lufthansa, and Finnair to destinations where onward travel to the UK is possible. Details of these flights can be found on the respective airlines’ websites. Before travelling, please check the destination country travel advice to ensure that you meet all entry requirements, that transit is permitted and that onward flight options are available. Travellers are responsible for making their own onward travel arrangements to the UK and should do so before travelling.

All arrivals from the UK will have to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine, in some clinics patients will be asked to undergo COVID-19 test prior visit or surgery.

On return back to the UK after treatment abroad during COVID-19, there could be you will be asked to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine

Travel and treatment in Lithuania during COVID-19

A quarantine regime in Lithuania related to the global Covid-19 pandemic has ended. But there are currently limited commercial options available to return to the UK from Lithuania. All arrivals from the UK will have to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine, in some clinics patients will be asked to undergo COVID-19 test prior visit or surgery.

On return back to the UK, there could be you will be asked to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine

Travel and treatment in Romania

The Romanian government has suspended direct flights to/from the UK from 11 pm on 5 April. All arrivals from the UK will have to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine, in some clinics patients will be asked to undergo COVID-19 test prior visit or surgery.

On return back to the UK, there could be you will be asked to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine

Travel and treatment in Bulgaria

All those arriving from the UK, regardless of nationality, must self-isolate for 14 days in their homes or other accommodation. See Entry requirements. Commercial flights are operating at a reduced level. British nationals who wish to leave the country are advised to make arrangements to do so as soon as possible.

On return back to the UK, there could be you will be asked to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine