This year talking about Christmas doesn’t feel too early does it?! We all missed loved ones, travel, Christmas markets and all the work and friend socialising so this year we all cannot wait!
We have previously written a blog for this but feel that this year we all cannot wait and winter travel may be on the plans even more so. With the UK relaxing travel rules by November even further – catching some winter sun, taking a short break or flying to spend times with those we have all missed will be more popular this Christmas time.
Here are 5 top tips when travelling with oxygen over the festive period:
1) Make sure you have notified everyone on your expected times of arrival and where you are staying to ensure that your supply arrives at the correct location / date / time
2) Ensure you pack everything you will need for the destination you are visiting. Especially over the winter months take extra care in packing the right clothes for the temperature. Many countries over winter months drop and you will need to keep warm
3) Always take more than enough supply of medication with you – transportation car / train / boar or plane especially in colder climates could be delayed or cancelled and pro-long your trip
4) If you are staying with friends and family make sure they have OWW contact details as we are available for help 24/7 and can help if something goes wrong with your oxygen supply during your trip
5) Most of all enjoy Christmas and unwind. Relaxing is the best medicine as well as laughter and joy. Make memories during your trip that will last a lifetime.
Adults who have been fully vaccinated through the NHS now don’t need to self-isolate when they return from most amber list countries. Each area has its own guidelines so make sure you are up to date with current legislation and requirements. Here are a few popular destinations you could enjoy:
Please do check any changes to conditions before travel. Our team will also arrange all your oxygen travel needs by simply starting out with our enquiry form hereand we will be in touch.
Oxygen therapy has always been a vital need for many but the recent global pandemic has highlighted its use and heightened demands for its supply over the last year. Many countries have faced huge pressures to with low or limited supplies especially in less developed areas of the world.
Many COVID-19 patients in India have sadly died due to the shortage of medical oxygen, bringing this critical medical need into the spotlight. As the world tries to help one another get to grips on lowering the need for medical oxygen we will now have more demand as part of the after effects of patients needing oxygen long-term. Please do read more of our articles to understand how you can cope and still remain active especially travelling.
For over 20 years OxygenWorldwide has been helping oxygen needs be delivered across the world in a travel capacity. Read more here for a request.
Lung conditions such as COPD, asthma or bronchitis all have varying levels but all patients can help to cope to make daily life more manageable.
Remember that with anything you must always have someone to talk to; this can be a family member, neighbour, work colleague or your nurse but talking really helps to understand and resolve any problems or worries. Joining a group that are also experiencing the same journey will help as you can all relate, help and support one another.
If you have breathlessness learn the breathing techniques from your doctor or support group to understand how to easily control your airways.
Also remember to always make time for yourself; whether this is reading, walking, travelling or another favourite hobby; always do activities that make your happy and give you a sense of enjoyment.
This weekend for those in the United Kingdom and EU looking to travel this summer had the current news that if you want to travel and visit Portugal the mandatory requirement of a PCR test upon arrival is now not in place.
It was announced that those wishing to travel can now use lateral flow tests in place. This is good news especially to UK travellers as these carry no additional charge just 24 hours prior to departure.
Although for UK residents Portugal was on the Green List those now arriving from Portugal to the UK will require a period of self-isolation as Portugal was moved to Amber List.
Please do see the official website for updates and information as regulations can change frequently.
If you are planning to a trip to Portugal please do contact us for all your medical oxygen travel needs.
Spain has been in a state of alarm with the Covid-19 pandemic but just under a month ago many of these restrictions were lifted. The people of Spain had curfews, limited meeting up with others and now the states have all got new regulations. Many had lifted guidance from May 8th unless in a very high risk zone. But for some states such as Valencia they are still awaiting 2 more days until their rules will change so they can enjoy from June 8th:
– Diners at tables are, however, limited to 10. – Nightlife can reopen from next week with closing time at 2am, and a capacity restriction of 50% inside, but 100% outside. – There are no longer capacity limits in places of worship.
Whereas in Madrid, there is no curfew nor any lockdown in place in the region. Hospitality venues can open from 6am to 1am, with eight diners permitted at tables outside and six inside. People can meet in their homes, but the government advises against this. Capacity in bars and restaurants is at 50% inside and 75% outside. Consumption at the bar is prohibited, and capacity in malls, cinemas and theatres at 75%.
For the people of the Balearic Islands The Supreme Court has annulled the night-time curfew and limits on social meetings in the region. The Balearics is currently not requiring coronavirus tests from vaccinated Spanish tourists, nor from domestic visitors traveling from regions with an incidence below 60 cases per 100,000 inhabitants over 14 days. Hospitality venues on Mallorca and Ibiza cannot open their indoor spaces, while outdoor areas are limited to four people – Menorca and Formentera are permitting four inside and six outside. Bars and restaurants must close at 10.30pm.
The next few weeks will allow Spain to get back to a new normal. Summer is an important time for Spain but with no tourists just yet we will see what happens over the next few weeks.
There are now a published list for travel in UK but what are the rules? It can be confusing to understand the ever-changing rules, regulations and do’s and don’ts and before travel you want to be certain you are following the regulations.
If travelling to England you must:
take a COVID-19 test
book a day 2 COVID-19 test to be taken after arrival in England
complete a passenger locator form
On arrival in England:
You must take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 after you arrive. If it is positive then you will be required to quarantine.
With the NHS Test & Trace app if you are informed that you travelled to England with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 then you may also be required to quarantine.
To keep up to date with UK travel lists and changes please check out the government website here.
Lockdown is easing within the UK. Travel is now back on the map but what is the traffic light system, how does it work and where can I go?
The new traffic light system is divided into green, amber and red which all have different rules and regulations on quarantine, testing and entry requirements.
As of May 17th 2021
Green: A test is required up to 72 hours before returning to the UK One PCR test on or before day two of arrival in England or Wales No quarantine unless a test is positive.
The countries at time of this article are:
Portugal Israel Singapore Australia New Zealand Brunei Iceland Gibraltar Falkland Islands Faroe Islands South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands St Helena, Tristan de Cunha, Ascension Island
Amber: One pre-departure test. Quarantine at home for 10 days on arrival in England or Wales PCR test required on days two and eight of quarantine Amber countries include: Spain Greece France, and many more in Europe
Red: One pre-departure test On arrival, passengers must quarantine in a hotel for 10 days PCR test required on days two and eight of quarantine These countries include: Maldives Turkey Nepal Brazil South Africa India
For medical oxygen users you will still require to plan in advance and the earlier the better to make sure your requirement for supplementary oxygen can be arranged, organised and agreed. The OxygenWorldwide team can take all your details and send a proposal over to you. Any queries when travelling with medical oxygen can be asked with our teams.
Contact our team here for your medical oxygen travel needs and up to date information. As we are aware the rules and regulations will change as well as the traffic light system and its countries within it.
Spain has experienced long and extended lockdowns, curfews and regulations due to the global pandemic for coronavirus over the last 14 months. Beginning on 14th March 2020 there was “estado de alarma” which was not a complete lockdown but six months after this was repeated six times with their second announcement in October 2020 which ended this week with known street parties in celebration a couple of days ago. With Covid-19 rates decreasing the states of Spain could start to relax.
This now means that people can now travel for the first time in 6 months and enjoy fiestas and drinks at the beach. There are still restrictions between numbers of households meeting in restaurants with limited and distance seating at table within hospitality establishments. But for most this will be a huge relief and meeting loved ones in other states for the first time in a long while.
Spain has seen one of the largest fatality rates and levels of infection and has been very hard hitting for all living in the country.
It has been a long and difficult time for all and we hope to be able to make up for lost time, memories and re-connect.
As the covid crisis in India hits there is a worrying lack of medical oxygen supplies for patients in desperate need. The coronavirus is spreading fast and for a densely populated country their medical facilities and completely under strain.
Cases had been falling and people were beginning to be out and about more including religious festivals and political rallies.
As quoted by the Guardian, ‘In the middle of March, the number of recorded cases started to grow faster than in any other country, this week passing 300,000 a day, along with more than 2,000 deaths, close to twice the daily deaths India experienced during the first peak of the virus between July and September 2020.’
A staggering statistic that the country will be fighting to keep under control. As many doctors, nurses and families take to social media to show how desperate they are in need of oxygen let’s hope that we can help supply India’s crisis and they manage to receive what they so desperately need to save lives.