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Hi all,

just for those that follow and are wondering how hard it is...

I used Express test drive through at Eastleigh FC - make sure you use address on website as there is another COVID test site at the same club but that his nhs. Test was £80 and took it Good Friday morning and had results that evening.

On return I got tested in Redon, they asked for Carte vitale which I no longer have. They then let me in anyway and did not charge anything. I have heard it should be 54 euros. 
 

For my day 2 and 8, I went test test for all which was much cheaper at £105. Other places are £159 to £300...

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Back now and the COVID test kit has arrived already by Royal Mail by 1pm next day. I have booked the video phone call for tomorrow - they need to witness you unpackage and carry out the test.

UK Border was as usual other than a question of if you have anything to declare to customs. They started to look in my car but I think recoiled when they smelt the inside. 2 weeks of clothing after welding, cutting and such had introduced an interesting aroma. So if you want an easier passage through the border control...

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I do not understand why the need for a complicated lab covid test to go abroad (might understand for Brazil or India). Yet to go into a supermarket I do not need a test

Is the government saying that I have more of a risk picking up covid from a holiday home in the middle of the french countryside, where the only person I might see is the farmer who waves from his tractor - than me picking up some bits at Tesco at 5pm on a Friday evening?

i think a basic NHS style test a day or two before you go will be fine. Or even do one at the terminal. The rest is just an over the top reaction. 

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I think that once international travel does open up again, even if only to a limited extent, there will be chaos and confusion  at first with all sorts of practical problems and anomalies cropping up. It will probably take a month or so before things start to settle down and even that will depend on the extent to which our European neighbours manage to get the virus under some sort of control.

If you intend to try and travel in that period then be prepared for hassle, extended delays and other problems together with the consequential costs. Personally I won't even consider travelling abroad until things have settled down with a degree of stability and we may have to wait until the Autumn for that. And perhaps that is being optimistic considering what is happening elsewhere in the world. I wish things were otherwise but they are not.

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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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1 minute ago, cvabishop said:

Lots of extra charter flights being laid on to bring people to the UK from India before the 'Red' classification takes effect....😕

Boris' island airport idea in the Thames estuary would have been useful after all to deal with this type of situation.

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There is a truly appalling difference in infection rates between France and the UK at the moment. France seems to be unable to get a grip on the levels. It is really disheartening for those of us who are longing to resume cross Channel travel.

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Just a polite request, as you all know how COVID threads have gone recently (!), can we please try to keep this to direct consequences/information for travellers.

Whilst many of us won't be catching a flight or queueing up at Hampshire's premier continental ferry port any time soon, there will still be some who will need to travel for justifiable purposes, and this thread can provide practical advice/experiences - after all, that's what a forum is all about!

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Yes, whatever your opinions might be, it is very useful to keep abreast of the practical aspects of travelling at the moment. It has to be accepted that some people have very good reasons for needing to travel as opposed to those who are  more interested in more leisure related options.

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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! 

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18 minutes ago, SRN4 said:

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! 

Has your wife recently been vaccinated?

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://www.nbcnews.com/news/amp/ncna1261944&ved=2ahUKEwj18MaejpDwAhW86uAKHUo5CScQFjADegQIDBAC&usg=AOvVaw3PXXlXPax-PTvNkcDl9yPt&ampcf=1

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and I would imagine Heathrow is somewhat understaffed or staffed to cope with the trickle of people coming in,

No trickle at Heathrow, the place is overwhelmed at the moment with the E gates shut. There are thousands of people coming into the UK. Just check the news reports. There are queues of 6 hours or more. (and expected to get a whole lot worse after May 17).

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37 minutes ago, cvabishop said:

No trickle at Heathrow, the place is overwhelmed at the moment with the E gates shut. There are thousands of people coming into the UK. Just check the news reports. There are queues of 6 hours or more. (and expected to get a whole lot worse after May 17).

I do not understand why the border staff are doing everything. In Asia health screening and medical diversion are done at an early stage after getting off the plane by separate people to the border staff. 

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With France being on Ireland's list of countries requiring hotel quarantine, I haven't been able to work out the logistics of getting arrivals at Rosslare & Cork to the hotels, which all seem to centre on Dublin Airport. Arrival by plane at Dublin is straightforward as you're escorted to hotel buses by the military. But if you arrive by ferry in car/van what happens? 

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