While travelling to an almost Covid-19 free destination of New Zealand may seem nice on paper, it comes with a significant catch. SVS Relo put on our travel hat and took a deep dive into Hotel Quarantine costs. How much does it cost to stay in managed isolation? How long do I have to stay for? And the big question "can I stay in a hotel room with my significant other for 14 days... and survive"?
One of the first countries to implement a 14 day mandatory quarantine, New Zealand has significantly limited the type of travelers that can arrive at the airport. A once in a lifetime sightseeing trip with your significant other is a no. A New Zealand Citizen returning to New Zealand, yes. Even then the waitlist is around 3 months and on a first come first served online bookable policy.
If you are lucky enough to book a spot in a managed facility be prepared to stay in a hotel for 14 days. And when we say hotel, we mean hotel room.
Costs per night 1 Adult -NZD $222 (CAD $205). 2 Adults - NZD $289 (CAD$267). 2 Adults and 2 Children NZD $357 a night (CAD$329). For those tempted to check into the hotel and then trying to slip out, this offence is punishable by up to six months in jail. Which is significantly longer than the planned 14 days of isolation.
Like New Zealand, Australia has closed its borders to only essential travelers. To prevent the spread of COVID-19, travelers arriving in Australia by air or sea may need to go into government approved mandatory quarantine for 14 days from arrival.
Costs per night 1 Adult - AUS$214 (CAD$213). 2 Adults - AUS$285 (CAD$284). 2 Adults and 2 Children - AUS$357 (CAD$356). Trying to circumvent the hotel or checking out early on your own accord may land you with a fine of AUS$50,000
A new country to the managed hotel isolation strategy, the UK has implemented a 10 days isolation plan for some travelers.
Cost per night 1 Adult - GBP£159 (CAD$282). 2 Adults GBP£240 (CAD$386). 2 Adults and 2 Children GBP£370 (CAD$491). Like Australia and New Zealand early check out may land you with a £10,000 fee and/or up to 10 years in prison.
The newest country to managed isolation, Canada has introduced a semi managed isolation policy. Canada does have a 14 day quarantine order in place, but only the first 3 nights are to be spent in a managed isolation hotel.
Currently fees are not mandated by the current government, but by the hotels. At the time of writing fees quoted have been:
2 adults $218 per night. 2 adults and 2 children $336 per night.
These prices change from Hotel to Hotel.
Although the costs are not set, the penalties are. Up to $1 million fine or prison for 3 years.
Relocating to Canada and requiring corporate housing, serviced apartments, short term rentals or destination services? Reach out to the team at SVS Relo to make sure you are getting quality accommodation and are keeping on the right side of the law.