Travel can lead to unforeseen expenses, now more than ever. As the Covid-19 pandemic and the Omicron variant continue to wreak havoc, a whole new category of unexpected travel expenses is emerging. If your test is positive and you’re stuck, a hotel quarantine can cost you a lot of change. Understanding the potential costs involved is an essential step in preparing to travel in the new normal.
What is a quarantine hotel?
Quarantine hotels are government mandated properties designated to house people currently infected with the Covid-19 virus. They can also be used to accommodate visitors who do not qualify to enter the country. Once in a quarantine hotel, you will not be allowed out of it, so be sure to take this into account when planning your trip.
Don’t be fooled by the word “hotel”, as the only hotel similar to a quarantine hotel is Hotel California. Scattered reports have featured quarantine hotels with walls laden with black mold, meals laden with green mold and, well, you get the idea. The good news is, this isn’t the norm and most properties are more than enough to cover all of your needs during your mandatory quarantine.
While some countries offer accommodation with amenities and other features to make your stay comfortable, others offer only the bare minimum with little in the way of comfort and services. However, what most quarantine properties provide are meals, drinks, and Covid-19 testing. Many also include initial transportation to the property and final transportation from the hotel.
What they usually don’t cover is room cleaning, as this defeats the goal of isolating people with the highly contagious virus. Other services such as laundry vary by establishment.
How much do quarantine hotels cost?
The cost of staying in a quarantine hotel will vary widely from country to country and even from city to city. The only thing in common with most quarantine hotels is that you are the one footing the bill.
It is important to note that the price of mandatory quarantine accommodation fluctuates frequently. In addition, countries change almost daily, whether or not they even allow foreign travelers to enter. The prices listed below are subject to change and do not reflect whether you can enter the country at this time. You can learn more about which countries U.S. citizens are allowed in with our frequently updated guide.
Here are some examples of what you can expect to pay if you have to stay in a quarantine hotel during your trip:
The full price of a quarantine hotel in the UK will cost a pretty dime. Rooms cost £ 2,285 ($ 3,037 USD) for a single adult traveler. Additional people sharing the same hotel room will pay £ 1,430 (USD 1,900) each. For children aged 5 to 12, the cost is £ 325 (USD 432) each. Children under 5 are not charged.
To stay in “managed isolation” in New Zealand, adults will pay NZD 3,086 (USD 2,100). Children over three years old cost around 465 NZD (323 USD). Children under 3 years old will not be charged.
Hong Kong charges different prices depending on the property you are staying at. Some properties will also allow you to choose between staying in a standard room or upgrading to a suite. Whichever option you choose, you can expect to be billed based on the number of people staying in a room.
As an example, the government-designated Best Western Plus Hotel Hong Kong costs 590 HKD (approximately $ 75) per day for an adult in a suite or HKD 730 (approximately $ 94) for a single adult in a suite. . You can find a full list of government appointed quarantine hotels in Hong Kong here.
Staying in a quarantine hotel in Australia will cost you depending on the number of people in your party. For an adult, the cost will be 2,500 AUD (1,774 USD). For a family sharing accommodation, the cost will be 5,000 AUD (approximately 3,547 USD). If you need to stay longer than the mandatory 14-day period, an additional 10 days will cost you AUD $ 1,750 (US $ 1,241) for each person or AUD $ 3,500 (approximately US $ 2,483) for a family.
Quarantine hotels in Thailand include a long list of government accredited properties. You can choose from more economical properties to luxury hotels. For the full list, click here. The cost varies greatly from property to property. Additionally, each property offers different packages that include your choice of room and meals.
As an example, The Landmark Bangkok, an upscale luxury hotel, will cost THB 6,900 (approx. USD 240) per person for the first night in a premium room and includes meals. The following nights will cost THB 2,700 (approx. USD 80) per person, per night and will also include meals.
Pandemic travel insurance
Many countries require visitors to have an insurance policy that will cover the impact of the pandemic. But while it’s not mandatory, it’s probably in your best interests to purchase a plan. So what is pandemic travel insurance?
Pandemic Travel Insurance is a travel insurance policy that specifically covers expenses related to the pandemic. For example, it could cover hospital costs due to complications from Covid-19, cancellations due to border closures, and even hotel quarantine costs. The costs are reasonable and could save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars in the long run.
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Whether you like it or not, if you catch Covid-19 while traveling, you may be required to stay in a quarantine hotel where you are responsible for all costs and fees. Knowing that this is a very real possibility, be sure to do your own research on the places you plan to visit so that you know what to expect and what costs you might incur. Finally, strongly consider paying for travel insurance that covers costs related to the pandemic. Peace of mind alone can make pandemic travel insurance worth it.
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