Is it a holiday even if it is mandatory?
That says 60-year-old David Beam couldn’t have imagined it would happen in a few months. An effective event planner and Chelsea resident flew to Nassau in the Bahamas on Dec. 15 for a two-day trip, with a negative COVID test in hand.
But Beam – fully vaccinated – had to prove he was COVID-free to return to the U.S. (currently travelers must pass a negative test within 24 hours of entering the country) and re-tested the day after he arrived.
This time he didn’t like luck.
“I felt positive and I was shocked. I was convinced that this could not be true, ”he said – the second test, but confirmed the results.
Forget it back home: Beam was immediately taken to his hotel (he refused to say the name of the property) was quarantined for 10 days in his room and his key was taken away. The staff left the food in a paper bag in front of her door and left the sheets and towels as it was impossible to do the housework.
“Luckily, I had a balcony overlooking the ocean, and that was my escape from the four walls,” Beam said.
COVID made him tired and he spent his time sleeping, meditating and meeting his family and friends. Instead of celebrating Christmas at his new home in Connecticut, Beam celebrated the holiday with traditional Bahamas eating ham, bread pudding, rice and beans.
In the end, it cost $ 6,000 – although the local government covers travel insurance costs that require international visitors to purchase. He said he also accepted the situation.
“I’ve never spent 10 days alone and it was so nice to be alone,” he said. “I had to stop and I’m a man who never stops.”
Welcome to the risk of international travel between Omicron, Delta and the virus in general. Cases are increasing all over the world and the possibility of a positive test for vaccinated travelers on a trip abroad leads to mandatory quarantine, which is now more true than ever.
Jack Ezon, founder of the luxury travel company Embark Beyond in New York, said, “Whether you’ve been vaccinated with a quarantine booster in another state, it’s something you hear a lot now that COVID is everywhere.” “There are so many stories out there.”
One of them will be about Embark Beyond travel consultant Josh Geller, 36, who was on vacation in the Caribbean with his extended family on a December vacation.
“We were going on a planned trip to St. Lucia and the Grenadines,” Geller said. But when his team of 10 passed the COVID tests needed to enter the Grenadines from St. Lucia, he came out positive.
“We decided it was safest for me to be alone, so everyone continued on their journey,” he said. “The first few days were a nightmare because I couldn’t be with my family, especially my wife and baby, but I was lucky enough to have a wonderful one-bedroom villa at a luxury resort (Sugar Beach, Viceroy Resort). diving pool. “
The most important aspect of Geller’s quarantine was the delicious food he ordered from several of the property’s restaurants. His long stay cost him several thousand dollars and taught him to be very vigilant in advising his clients about the potential collapse of this wonderful cross-border journey.
Aimee Monixan’s isolation wasn’t very appealing. The 51-year-old targeted event planner and Acesparks resident froze with her 15-year-old son at the Holiday Inn Hotel in San Jose, Costa Rica, last year, both of whom passed a positive test on the escape with a large group of friends.
“It was an 11-day prison cell where our windows didn’t even open,” he said. “I cried and I was upset. My son’s positive attitude kept me going. ”
A handful of travelers who give positive results on international travel have better results than quarantine. Bernice Schnall, 75, of Rockland County, is a case in point. The retiree spent the past December with her husband and daughter at the magnificent Baha Mar resort in the Bahamas.
After a positive COVID test for his return trip, the property’s “Travel with Confidence” guarantee went into effect. This is an offer indicating that visitors who have achieved positive results have the opportunity to fly to Ft. In Lauderdale, Fla., On a private plane, family members are taking off. Or they can stay in their rooms and cover their accommodation and meals.
“One of us chose to stay in Baha’i because of their policy, knowing they were at risk of contracting COVID,” Shnall said. “We saved ourselves thousands of dollars and endless stress.”
Travelers around the world should go on any trip that is aware of the situation, says Ezon from Embark Beyond, who is constantly educating his clients on the same subject. Learn this country protocol for visitors who have passed a positive test for beginners.
“In some countries, you can quarantine your hotel room, but in others you will be taken to a government agency,” he said.
A well-versed travel consultant like Ezon can keep you informed of the latest information that varies from week to week.
Also, find out if your property offers discounted room rates, or if you need to quarantine there, places like Baha Mar are rare.
In addition, Ezon strongly recommends travel insurance. Some rules will pay you a portion of your accommodation and meals during quarantine. The COVAC policy will take you home on a private jet from anywhere in the world if the test is positive. A week-long trip costs about $ 700 per person, which is expensive, but well worth it.
If you get stuck, contact your airline to make sure you don’t miss your flight home. Ezon points out that most airlines will make free changes if you know in advance that you won’t be able to make your first flight.
Most importantly, the quarantine kit should use its time to rest.
“Most of the people we hear have figured out how to turn a nightmare into a pleasant two days to reconsider their life priorities and goals,” Ezon said. “I urge everyone to do the same.”