New Zealand is preparing to send a team of experts to explore the possibility of opening a travel bubble between New Zealand and the Cook Islands. If the trip goes smoothly, a travel bubble could be set up within 14 days, according to Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand`s prime minister. Spain has reciprocal travel agreements with Australia, China, South Korea, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, Thailand and Uruguay. In all cases, a negative PCR test carried out within 72 hours of arrival in Spain is mandatory when travelling from a high-risk country or area (from 23 November). While the situation in Hong Kong is once again under control, the government is re-examining the idea of travel bubbles and removing border restrictions. Here`s what you need to know: Of course, no case transmitted at this stage of the pandemic is unlikely, but that doesn`t mean that low-risk travel has to wait. “A travel bubble can also be useful if neighbouring countries have a similar number of cases and respond in the same way to the pandemic,” Block says. “In this case, no country needs to close the border to protect its citizens from a greater incidence of cases affected by travellers from another country.” Inter-professional organizations welcomed the announcement and said they hoped similar bubbles would develop. Although travel bubbles are far from the ideal solution, this is definitely a step in the right direction. As more and more of these celestial bridges appear, we can be sure that countries around the world are doing a great job in flattening the curve. Travel bubbles, also known as travel bridges or corona corridors, waive this waiting time for a select group of travellers from certain countries that contain coronavirus. “In a “travel bubble,” a number of countries agree to open their borders to each other, but to keep borders closed to all other countries.
Thus, people can move freely within the bubble, but not from the outside,” explains Per Block, Oxford University researcher on social mobility and methodology. The idea is to give people extra freedom without causing additional damage. Travel bubbles are an extension of one of Block`s research specialties — social bubbles where people expand their quarantine areas to include more people they consider safe. Block is one of the authors of an Oxford study that suggests that social bubbles could be an effective strategy for relieving coronavirus isolation, although the results have not yet been examined by experts. Health experts cautiously welcomed Singapore`s Hong Kong travel bubble, but the savvy corridors only worked for places that had a grip on the disease. To simplify, a travel bubble is an agreement between two or more countries to open their borders to travel without strict quarantine. In general, they are conducted between governments that are close and trust each other and who are confident that both sides will manage the virus well. If virus concentrations remain low, Finland and Poland could join the Baltic Sea bubble, the BBC reports.