Selected Helpful Posts Related to Covid (May 2021- )

Thought it might be a good idea to have a selection of particularly helpful and informative posts about Covid here for a quick summary.

Each post is linked to the location under the topic it was originally posted, if you want to go there.

I will give each post a short title and the date in […] and All CAPS.

This is a Closed Topic, so replies are deactivated.

If you come across a post that you think should be in here, please send me a message.

Thanks!

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[PHILIPPINES | APRIL 30]

Not a restriction per se, but in the midst of spiralling COVID-19 cases in its midst, China Airlines has apparently suspended many of its flights to and from LAX, SFO, and YVR in the upcoming two weeks.

Guy

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[PHILIPPINES | MAY 1]

Philippines open 1 May.

Basically need to stay 7 day quarantine in approved location. But this new story only has general reference information.

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[AUSTRALIA | MAY 2]

I have no skin in the game.
Just posting to see if any citizens of Australia have a thought on this either way.

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[EUROPE | MAY 19]

“EU member states agreed Wednesday that the bloc’s borders should re-open to travellers who have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, European sources said.”

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[NETHERLANDS | MAY 20]

Guess EU will publish a list soon if they can agree. My guess is that US will be on the list. The rest will be similar to the latest Latvian entry restriction. This is only my guess!

In Netherland travel for non-essential purposes has been permitted for arrivals from the following seven third countries:

Australia
Israel
New Zealand
Rwanda
Singapore
South Korea
Thailand

"The authorities of Latvia will now allow persons who have completed the vaccination against the COVID-19 to skip self-isolation when they enter the country.

In a press release issued by the Latvian Ministry of Transport, it was pointed out that all persons returning from a European Union or European Economic Area country, Switzerland, or the United Kingdom will be exempt from the self-isolation requirement.

However, the testing requirements for all those vaccinated still remain in place. Everyone is required to present a negative COVID-19 test result not older than 72 hours."

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[WORLD | MAY 19]

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[TAIWAN COVID TESTS | MAY 25]

[SELF-PAID COVID TESTS AT TZU CHI HOSPITAL AND FAR EASTERN MEMORIAL HOSPITAL IN TAIPEI]

I was able to get an appointment at Tzu Chi Hospital in Taipei for the week after next. It looks like now they have appts starting June 9th and later.
Self-paid Covid-19 Test - 台北慈濟醫院 (tzuchi.com.tw)

Also Far Eastern hospital, but you can only book 13 days in advance so I think you just need to be really quick when you want the appointment

FAR EASTERN MEMORIAL HOSPITAL-Out-of-pocket COVID-19 PCR testing (femh.org.tw)

I hope this is helpful to someone. I spent a long time yesterday calling around to different hospitals trying to get an appointment.

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[TAIWAN COVID TESTS | MAY 26]

I found an online form for a Taichung hospital.

Unfortunately, there are 18 pages to complete–including one where you download a hospital PDF and complete it. 18 pages!

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[NETHERLANDS | MAY 29]

Are you certain this is the actual requirement? I think any of the NAAT-type tests qualifies, not all of them rolled into one.

From NL govt:

  • Type of test: the test used must be a molecular NAAT (PCR) test (either PCR, RT PCR, LAMP, TMA or mPOCT). No other type of test, including antigen tests and serological tests (blood tests to detect antibodies), is valid;
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[CANADA | MAY 21]

Sort of true given your situation, but not entirely true for everyone.

https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/latest-travel-health-advice/mandatory-hotel-stay-air-travellers/list-government-authorized-hotels-booking.html

At this time, to prevent the spread of COVID-19, you must book and pay for a 3-night hotel stopover before you arrive in Canada . You’ll stay at the government-authorized hotel while you await your arrival test results

So there are a few options:

  1. Book and Airbnb instead, or another hotel. The quarantine in Canada allows you to move between locations. Many hotels are actually offering special accommodations. Ie: https://ywcavan.org/hotel/rooms/self-quarantine-room-rates-and-rooms-self-isolation

  2. Fly to a US City, and drive over the border. U.S. taxi services see business boost helping Canadians avoid hotel quarantine | CBC News. This avoids the hotel quarantine altogether. Bonus points, you can get the J&J vaccination for free in the US! Even if you aren’t American

  3. Fly in via Calgary first. As Alberta hasn’t signed an agreement with the Feds regarding Covid restrictions enforcement you won’t get a ticket if you don’t hotel quarantine. Alberta can't ticket travellers refusing to quarantine because it hasn't adopted federal act | CBC News

  4. Just wait. The Order in Council that mandates hotel quarantine is about to expire. There’s also a court chase challenging it scheduled for early June. The folks over at FlyerTalk are pretty informed on this issue: Canada Covid-19 hotel quarantine - FlyerTalk Forums

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[CANADA | MAY 21]

Never closed to commercial travel, Canadian citizens, or those with prior authorization to enter Canada (ie, family reunification) Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and visitors to Canada: Uniting with family members - Canada.ca

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[USA | MAY 21]

Sure. California, Texas, New York doesn’t make residency a requirement. Think about all the illegal immigrants in those states. They need the vaccine too. Getting Vaccinated For Free In The USA: Our First Impressions - Flytrippers

You would get it at a pharmacy like in the post above.

So my advice is book TPE - SFO, chill for a day, then go onwards to Canada. Or if you have a long layover (4.5hrs plus) you can probably find a pharmacy in San Mateo (where SFO is) to get the vaxxx.

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[CANADA | MAY 28]

It looks like the three-day mandatory quarantine at a government-approved hotel might come to an end. That would make things a bit easier.

https://globalnews.ca/news/7900065/canada-expert-panel-travelers-quarantine/

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[USA | MAY 19]

For US:

Passengers must be tested with a viral test that could be either an antigen test or a nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT).

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[TAIWAN COVID TEST | MAY 20]

Does everyone have this list?

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[USA/TAIWAN COVID TEST | MAY 20]

For anyone who plans to go to the US and come back to TW, buy one of these and bring it with you.

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[USA | MAY 26]

I am in the US right now. Left last week. There is so much vaccine here it’s crazy. Got my first Pfizer jab within hours of landing at SFO. They’re playing radio ads basically begging the people who still haven’t been vaxxed to do so, and there are now even contests to try to encourage vaccination.

Yes, I’m a US citizen but the information about eligibility is crystal clear.

Do I need to be a California resident to get COVID-19 vaccine?

No. Vaccine distribution is based on eligibility irrespective of residency or immigration status.

If you have a way to get into the US I am far more confident (99.9999999999999% certain) you can easily get a jab than I am hopeful the situation in TW is going to get better quickly.

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