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Thanks David. Sadly, we are not planning to travel for a variety of reasons. We have a motorhome and usually overwinter in southern Spain. 
 

What intrigues me is just how the test requirement can be met. The last week or so leading up to our departure is always busy and stressful but adding on the requirements for a covid test in a very tight timetable would be unimaginable !


 

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There still seems to be this awful vagueness as to how the virus is most commonly spread.

But then you weren't planning to travel to Spain. I think anyone travelling right now would automatically check the advice to avoid any misunderstanding as the rules are constantly changing.  Ed

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1 hour ago, David Williams said:

It would be good if BF waived the 4 hour rule for positive tests !

Well, the alternative would be to take positive passengers and find they are refused entry on arrival and have to bring them back. So two trips carrying people presenting a risk. If you are positive, I think they will have to waive the 4-hour rule as they will simply refuse you at check-in. Ed. 

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We are due to sail 26 Jan ,we have looked around for same day test and results and the price were given was £259 .so in other words £518 for the two of us.so we are just hoping the rules may change by then if not ,what can you do? One option is driving down which I have done many times but with the wife's ill health I don't know if it is feasible.just hope things may of changed by then.stay safe

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1 hour ago, nodwad said:

We are due to sail 26 Jan ,we have looked around for same day test and results and the price were given was £259 .so in other words £518 for the two of us.so we are just hoping the rules may change by then if not ,what can you do? One option is driving down which I have done many times but with the wife's ill health I don't know if it is feasible.just hope things may of changed by then.stay safe

We could not get insurance either, another reason why we have cancelled the trip. As i said earlier, we booked flexi- tickets so will not lose money but what about people who booked the standard tickets ? 

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To add to my comment above this quote from travelexpert.ie

If you are travelling to Spain, including the Canary Islands, between the 23rd and 30th of November, you will need to produce confirmation of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival .  

If you are travelling to Spain, including the Canary Islands between the 30th November and 14th December  you are NOT required to provide a negative PCR test (as Ireland is considered an Orange region). If Ireland remains orange/amber on the 3rd December, a negative PCR will not be required for arrivals up to the 28th of December.

Canaries are different:-

However, The Canary Islands has a separate regulation in place. ALL visitors who are staying in tourist accommodation must have an antigen test when they arrive. This test can be arranged on arrival and costs €25, the results are usually provided with 30 minutes.

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28 minutes ago, BigDW1946 said:

To add to my comment above this quote from travelexpert.ie

If you are travelling to Spain, including the Canary Islands, between the 23rd and 30th of November, you will need to produce confirmation of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival .  

If you are travelling to Spain, including the Canary Islands between the 30th November and 14th December  you are NOT required to provide a negative PCR test (as Ireland is considered an Orange region). If Ireland remains orange/amber on the 3rd December, a negative PCR will not be required for arrivals up to the 28th of December.

Canaries are different:-

However, The Canary Islands has a separate regulation in place. ALL visitors who are staying in tourist accommodation must have an antigen test when they arrive. This test can be arranged on arrival and costs €25, the results are usually provided with 30 minutes.

So if I understand rightly if you live in the north there is nothing stopping you from going down south and catch the ferry to Spain.without taking a cpr test?that is if Roi stays in orange category so that could be a loop hole for people who wants to do that.stay safe

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I know it is early days of the new rules entering into Spain.a bit surprised there has not been any comments about any problems people are experiencing with the new rules.also I wonder if there has been many cancellations due to this rule.stay dafe

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So I potentially have an interesting scenario... I’m booked on the Santander crossing on the 10th arriving In Santander on the 12th. I’ve arranged my test on Wednesday with same day results. Now looking at the weather forecast it looks like it is going to be a rather lumpy crossing. If the ship is delayed, are the test results still valid on arrival?  

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22 hours ago, Northern_Si said:

So I potentially have an interesting scenario... I’m booked on the Santander crossing on the 10th arriving In Santander on the 12th. I’ve arranged my test on Wednesday with same day results. Now looking at the weather forecast it looks like it is going to be a rather lumpy crossing. If the ship is delayed, are the test results still valid on arrival?  

I would hope that they would honour the scheduled arrival time for a ferry (or plane) arrival, to account for force majeure. As the Thursday departure is a two nighter, there is some padding in the schedule to allow for time to be caught up if needed, so you should be ok. Worth checking with BF though if you are still concerned. 

Out of interest, which testing provider are you using?

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23 hours ago, Northern_Si said:

So I potentially have an interesting scenario... I’m booked on the Santander crossing on the 10th arriving In Santander on the 12th. I’ve arranged my test on Wednesday with same day results. Now looking at the weather forecast it looks like it is going to be a rather lumpy crossing. If the ship is delayed, are the test results still valid on arrival?  

Like Andy where are you getting the test done at?also if you don't mind at what cost because a few weeks ago I was told a firm in the midlands would do a same day pcr for £259 each.stay safe

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1 hour ago, nodwad said:

Like Andy where are you getting the test done at?also if you don't mind at what cost because a few weeks ago I was told a firm in the midlands would do a same day pcr for £259 each.stay safe

We have found a lab in Manchester who if they get the sample before 9.30am complete the test same day for £120 including the kit.  Luckily I’m only 12 miles from the lab so will take it by hand. 
 

This is the link. http://www.epistem.co.uk/
 

 

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4 minutes ago, Cabin-boy said:

How reliable are self-administered tests like that? Ed. 

If done right ... gold standard. Luckily my brother is a qualified medic ... so he is doing it for me. Mainly as I think I will struggle to do it myself. 

Other places to look for testers are Airports. 

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4 minutes ago, Northern_Si said:

If done right ... gold standard. Luckily my brother is a qualified medic ... so he is doing it for me. Mainly as I think I will struggle to do it myself. 

Other places to look for testers are Airports. 

I assumed you were going to get it done by someone qualified as I've heard it's not easy yourself. Thanks. 

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On 05/12/2020 at 10:48, Northern_Si said:

So I potentially have an interesting scenario... I’m booked on the Santander crossing on the 10th arriving In Santander on the 12th. I’ve arranged my test on Wednesday with same day results. Now looking at the weather forecast it looks like it is going to be a rather lumpy crossing. If the ship is delayed, are the test results still valid on arrival?  

Hi many thanks of information you have give me,I have e mailed them with my details.stay safe

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6 hours ago, Northern_Si said:

If done right ... gold standard. Luckily my brother is a qualified medic ... so he is doing it for me. Mainly as I think I will struggle to do it myself. 

Other places to look for testers are Airports. 

 The nasal swap is very uncomfortable to do yourself if a layman.

Blow your nose, 6 drops of solution in a tube then the swab stick needs to be rotated ten times whilst inserted quite a way up each nostril.

Put the swab in a narrow container and squash it all together, 2 drops from this onto a reader similar to a pregnancy tester then get your result in about 30 mins.

My missus currently swabs twice a week as per NHS guidelines. This is a box of 12 to use over 6 weeks.

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2 hours ago, jonno said:

 My missus currently swabs twice a week as per NHS guidelines. This is a box of 12 to use over 6 weeks.

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Don’t forget for Spain you need the PCR test rather than the Antigen test ... although within the unified EU, I believe the Antigen test is valid in France and you don’t get checked when driving over the border. 

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I had a covid test three weeks ago,it is not very pleasant at all .when you shove it up your nose it brings tears to your eye ad the throat one is worse it makes you gag whilst you doing it,you think you are choking yourself.my mean aim is to a pcr test acceptable for Spain on the same day then sail the next morning.stay safe

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