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Travel now with testing

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starchildmum · 26/02/2021 20:31

Hi

I am seriously considering to travel to Spain for Easter to our booked destination - obviously with all the necessary testing: before, after, during costing an extra couple of hundred pounds but I am desperate to go. I am European. I felt save in Europe in general but particularly during the pandemic: we stayed 1 month in France last summer in total isolation and spent 1 week in Greece when we had the corridors. People are very very considerate abroad and careful with masks etc.
Anyone heard of any airport checks at the airport, other then checking the tests.

For us last year they did not even check the passenger locator forms. On all 4 flights I took! I guess its unheard off that you will be sent home, right. I think it all depends on the required tests. Is it manageable?? It looks like for a family of 4 I need 16 test, right?

Any first hand experience?
Please no opinions on travel in general.

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BG2015 · 27/02/2021 13:57

Are there any flights going?

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SparkysMagicPiano · 27/02/2021 15:03

The regulations differ by area but you need to consider that there are currently:

Curfews.
Restrictions on numbers of people together.
Masks all the time outside (kids too).
Limited reasons for being outside.
You need to be able to demonstrate a valid reason for travelling.
You would also all need to quarantine when you return to the UK

Easter isn't that far away.
Just because things are beginning to ease in the UK, it doesn't mean that there are no restrictions in place in other countries.

Here in France, all bars and restaurants have been closed since the end of October and there are no signs of them opening anytime soon.

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zafferana · 27/02/2021 15:13

It's currently illegal to travel abroad for a holiday OP. AFAIK you can only travel for business or in an emergency (I'm not sure what consists 'an emergency', but I've heard that the death of a close relative counts).

www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus

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Liquorishtoffee · 27/02/2021 15:14

It certainly doesn’t seem to be illegal to travel to London for a holiday from mainland Europe! We are mobbed with tourists just now.

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zafferana · 27/02/2021 15:17

Are you sure about that @Liquorishtoffee? There are a lot of Europeans who LIVE in London!

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SandSeaBeach · 27/02/2021 15:21

Must say have just had my daily walk around zone 1 London and it is full of what looked to me like primarily tourists. I was asking DH where they could be staying. I thought hotels were shutConfused

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Liquorishtoffee · 27/02/2021 15:21

Nope - definitely on their hols. I did wonder (I’ve lived here for over 30 years now and in a very mixed area) then was chatting to some people in the queue for the loos... and for some reason people always stop me for directions (so I either look local or look like I know where I’m going).

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Liquorishtoffee · 27/02/2021 15:23

Air B&Bs... we have some flats in our block and there is a block around the corner where we see people coming and going with suitcases. There’s also a couple of YHA type places nearby which definitely have people staying in them.

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zafferana · 27/02/2021 15:33

I've just done some googling and apparently the UK's borders are NOT closed. Visitors can come here, but they have to test negative and isolate for 10 days on arrival. Anyone arriving from 'red list' countries has to do that isolation in a quarantine hotel at a cost of £1750.

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Liquorishtoffee · 27/02/2021 15:39

Isolate - is anyone actually checking? Quite a few larger groups of travellers/several couples together.

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zafferana · 27/02/2021 15:42

God knows! I know last summer the 'you must isolate when you return from holiday' edicts were widely ignored by people I know and no one ever checked. My friend coming in from Spain with her two kids didn't even fill out the online form - she just said her DH had done it (he flew separately) and the border agent just said 'Oh, okay' and let them through Hmm

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SandSeaBeach · 27/02/2021 16:12

Ok so I wasn’t imagining it. Why do they want to come. God knows. Most places shut. But long cues for coffee / crepes / ice cream in Royal Parks today. Also lots of instagrammers (sp.) - really dressed up and having their friends snap them outside all the high end shops on new bond street in as many interesting poses they could muster up...

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SandSeaBeach · 27/02/2021 16:13

*queues

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