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  1. I am hoping that they hang off blocking us for another week... Once I am on the other side, I will breath a huge sigh of relief...
  2. Well I believe we can still go, its just the return that gets silly - so I will go anyway and quite frankly they can stick red list and hotels up... well you get the gist of my current feelings... Seeing thousand in a stadium and the whole mask thing has just made me cranky.
  3. I took a load of plants over before Brexit too with no issue. I was planning to do so again, but I had not considered this other 'benefit' of the B word. Anyway I would not take pot plants as I think the French and indeed most authorities have had an issue with pot for some time. Netherlands would probably be okay.
  4. Should add, any reports on customs activity would be most welcome - not for illegal purposes obviously, but if I need to start taking receipts and stuff as evidence. I took some receipts for the UK end last time, but went straight through (that may have been assisted by my stinky washing in the car - the border guy actually recoiled when he stuck his head in the door).
  5. I am coming up to a trip in two weeks (fingers crossed we do not get banned from another surge of positive tests). I am taking over stuff like tools, beans etc. My last trip in April was smooth and easy and had no checks, this time it may be different and I am a tad worried, but everything I am taking is clearly well used and will be brought back with me when I return. I am tempted to accidently forget some cheese in the car after shopping...
  6. Well because my wife is going to Germany via the Netherlands, this is a current worry for me (Because I can then go to France on my own and get stuff done). From what I understand, you can transit the Netherlands if travelling by road and you spend less than 12 hours there. However there is ambiguity there which is rather disconcerting as one does not want to find out the full answer or the interpretation of it from a border guard...
  7. For info 'Those who were given the Covishield jab will have the batch numbers 4120Z001, 4120Z002 or 4120Z003, according to the Telegraph: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/global-health/science-and-disease/eu-vaccine-passport-excludes-5m-britons-given-indian-made-astrazeneca/ (link given to me by someone at work)
  8. I found Merkel singling out the UK to be 'Interesting'. Given that Germany has an agreement with Turkey and that travel is now occurring between the two without quarantine, it seems curious that she should think the UK is higher risk. Turkey is not known for its testing and I feel comfortable saying that it is not known for its honesty since Erdogan has been in power, (I can say this as my wife is Turkish). Trump did occasionally say the correct thing, but usually for the wrong reasons; nevertheless having more testing means that you have more cases recorded and the UK's surge testing is revealing the truth in a world where some countries do not test so as to deny the truth.
  9. The SRN4 Hovercraft was a much more viable proposition carrying 57 cars and 380 or so passengers and could tolerate 6 metre seas (passengers not so much). A ground effect ferry/plane would really struggle with choppy seas. They are great for lakes, but not much else. Then add in time to get to safe take off area outside of the harbour and away from errant yachties and such and it gets to be too much compromise. A flying ferry would really struggle to get through harbours at a very slow speed. Even Sea Cats have to slow down and do the whole manourvres thing which compromises their speed and efficiency, but imagine having wings to act as nice big rams to take out masts and rigging. The reason why the hovercraft worked so well at Dover was because it was 22-35 minutes load door down to load door down again and they had a clear path to the speed up zone.
  10. I suspect this new quarantine will be a temporary measure for 4 weeks to try and stop the variant. In all reality we must be close to herd immunity now so the variant spread in the UK will be limited. France will likely do what they did back in March (11th?) where they just suddenly lifted restrictions because the Kent variant had by then become the dominant variant in France so continued restrictions were not necessary. It is all getting quite tiresome now isn't it?
  11. Noticed an earlier comment about tea bags - I always take my own and just get a cup of hot water from the self service as it is free. If I want coffee and have forgotten my own, then get the black coffee as it is cheaper and just add in the milk thingys - tastes better too.
  12. Here is Gov list of providers: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/providers-of-day-2-and-day-8-coronavirus-testing-for-international-arrivals I just went on the provider's website and booked via there. I was going to book before I left, but decided to leave it till about 60 hours before return and that is when I found Testing For All had stuck in a price about £64 cheaper than anyone else. According to their website they are a not for profit org and are doing it al cost. I got back to UK and test kits were waiting for me at home. Postage is paid on your return samples and you just drop them in a priority post box (or any postbox). Its 24hr delivery and I got the test results within about 2 days of posting via email.
  13. Day 2 and Day 8 test is booked with provider of your choice (Gov.co.uk website has a list of current providers with fees). I used tests for all at a total cost of £105 for day 2 and 8. This gives you a code that you enter on the passenger locator form. Whether this will still be the same next month we will have to see.
  14. There were hardly any border guards when I went through and I would imagine Heathrow is somewhat understaffed or staffed to cope with the trickle of people coming in, so the red listing of India and need to surge numbers of guards must be a shock. I think this is also why France has avoided the red list treatment so far as the impact on supermarket shelves would be very bad (I heard 50% of stuff on shelves come from the continent and therefore mostly across the French border). Incidentally I had my day two test yesterday, they have it now and I expect a result tomorrow. I had my first phone call from the Gov contractor tasked with calling up travelers - delightful chat about fines, law and stuff. Ironically I do feel quite rough today and the wife has had a slight metallic sense of taste for two days... Given incubation times, exposure and the fact that the wife is a teacher, it may be that I have been through all that testing and control just to come home and catch it from the wife!
  15. Hi Lapper, The French Douanes looked in the back of the car with a torch but without opening doors, muttered quite a few comments and then carried on. I was not pulled over for checking in the shed. They did pull over a rather attractive woman in a Spanish car... I was expecting to be pulled as I had a large compressor, plasma cutter, welding gas bottle and grinders filling the entire rear of the car. I tend to take over a lot of gear and bring back some of it so I was worried about the effects of Brexit. So far it seems okay, but then such a low volume of cars and covid concerns may be masking what it will be like in a few months. I need to take over some new items soon that would bust the Customs declaration limits, so I am hoping that the current lack of interest continues. Hi PGTV, cva, I chose to go partly because I did not trust the possibility of June and wanted to avoid any tidal wave of visitors or teething issues should June be possible. What I found was some hassle, but actually quite a smooth ride. I put this down to the volume being so small that authorities on both sides were uninterested and had not provided enough people to carry out any wider checking. If the current testing regime and border control continues then they will have significant problems come the resumption of travel for all. The test regime is a bit much and I think its secondary purpose is to dissuade, total costs of testing for me were £80+£105. I suspect come summer the French will not be letting UK people test for free (I think that was more a case of the test centre waving me through as it was too much hassle). I plan to go again in July at the very start of holidays so as to get there before the rush, I will have been vaccinated by then and I suspect (hope) it will be a bit easier.
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