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Old 09.03.2021, 20:09
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You can stay in the family home as long as you stay safely away from family members with whom you did not travel.

I will be isolating with any photos and memories I come across, Mums carer, who lives across the road will deliver food parcels as required.
Exactly. In my case, my parents basically just want there to be somebody in the house with them until they go into the care home, especially at night, in case they have an emergency. I will be cooking for them but otherwise keeping myself to myself, doing the usual home office thing in a separate room.
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Re: Commuting between UK and Switzerland

Grant Shapps on TV this morning discussing travel plans for the UK - they are going to announce exactly what is going to happen on the 14 April - he said that as previously announced the restrictions for travel will still be May 17.

A bit of hope for those who still have homes and families in Switzerland which we cannot get to - hopefully the UK will be removed from the Swiss list..
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Re: Commuting between UK and Switzerland

Stephen, Ive not been able to find anything official about transit by car through France either, so in the absence of anyone actually having done this recently, I'll probably fly instead. I last did it at the end of last year, but rules were different then. In anyone has recent experience, pease let us know........
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Grant Shapps on TV this morning discussing travel plans for the UK - they are going to announce exactly what is going to happen on the 14 April - he said that as previously announced the restrictions for travel will still be May 17.

A bit of hope for those who still have homes and families in Switzerland which we cannot get to - hopefully the UK will be removed from the Swiss list..
https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home...nde/liste.html The list was updated today and sadly, I am wrong and the Uk is still on it. Thus commences another two week wait...
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Re: Commuting between UK and Switzerland

France has announced that it will reopen its borders with a number of non-EU countries, including the UK, tomorrow. You will no longer need a compelling reason to enter France from the UK, although a negative PCR test result is still required.

Source: heard on the radio (France Info) while driving up to the Channel Tunnel. Good news for the return journey!

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Old 11.03.2021, 18:03
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France has annponced that it will reopen its borders with a number of non-EU countries, including the UK, tomorrow. You will no longer need a compelling reason to enter France from the UK, although a negative PCR test result is still required.

Source: heard on the radio (France Info) while driving up to the Channel Tunnel. Good news for the return journey!
Just seen this on the French news sites, having spent the afternoon filling in all the forms! I will still take it all, who knows when they might change their minds.

I am travelling tomorrow Stephen, an update on how you found things at the tunnel would be much appreciated. Hope your parents are OK.
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Re: Commuting between UK and Switzerland

A friend travelled yesterday to UK for similar reasons to yours Stephen- her OH took here to Paris and she flew from there, and all went well.
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I am travelling tomorrow Stephen, an update on how you found things at the tunnel would be much appreciated. Hope your parents are OK.
I'm actually in a hotel between Reims and Laon this evening, I normally split the drive over two days, so I won't be at the tunnel until tomorrow late morning. Will try to post from my phone if there is anything noteworthy to report.
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Re: Commuting between UK and Switzerland

very wise- we used to travel in one go, but honestly, it is so much better and saferto split it. Hope all goes well.
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Re: Commuting between UK and Switzerland

The new French relaxation of travel restrictions did not mention a change to self isolation when entering France from the UK, so do we think that still applies? Stephen, do you expect to have to self isolate in France when you drive back? I知 intending to travel to Switzerland on Thursday next week, and would prefer to drive, but will fly if driving means I have to isolate in France, so I知 interested in your experiences.........
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The new French relaxation of travel restrictions did not mention a change to self isolation when entering France from the UK, so do we think that still applies? Stephen, do you expect to have to self isolate in France when you drive back? I知 intending to travel to Switzerland on Thursday next week, and would prefer to drive, but will fly if driving means I have to isolate in France, so I知 interested in your experiences.........
I think if you are transiting an EU country you don't have to self isolate, or abide by curfews. I am not sure about attestations for France maybe those are not needed if you have documentary proof of transit. I was transiting Germany at about 1am, when they had curfews in a particular region 3 weeks ago or so, in a Swiss registered car, did a wrong turn, and got stopped driving back to the motorway by Police. They asked why I was not on a major route if I was transiting, etc. I described the junction I did the wrong turn at and they were OK. All I saw on the motorway after German curfew was foreign registered vehicles.

It would be great if someone could confirm, that for transit, the EU is basically the same, but that quarantine rules at the final destination are what determine quarantine requirements, and those can include requirements based on the countries you visited. It doesn't make sense for a country to detain a transiting person, to minimise risk you want them out of your country. If transit is too much risk countries close borders. They don't make transiting vehicles quarantine there.
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Re: Commuting between UK and Switzerland

Probably too late for countrybumpkin, but maybe useful information for anyone else travelling via the Channel Tunnel... the wait at Calais to get through the border checks is VERY long (two and a half hours this morning), even though there are very few people travelling. I was booked on the 11:20 shuttle, arrived 2 hours early, and finally got on the 13:20.

There is no point in showing up even earlier, as they only call you 45 minutes before your booked departure (the usual screens that allow you to select an alternative departure if you arrive early are deactivated), after which it takes about two hours to actually get through the border checks and onto the shuttle. No access to toilets during these two hours, so be prepared!

90 minutes was spent queuing in the buffer zone between the French and British border controls, during which time my 72-hour Covid test period expired... luckily I was allowed through, presumably because everyone was delayed by at least an hour, if not more.
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The new French relaxation of travel restrictions did not mention a change to self isolation when entering France from the UK, so do we think that still applies? Stephen, do you expect to have to self isolate in France when you drive back? I知 intending to travel to Switzerland on Thursday next week, and would prefer to drive, but will fly if driving means I have to isolate in France, so I知 interested in your experiences.........
The French government FAQ page has been updated to reflect the fact that travellers from the UK no longer need a compelling reason:
Toute entr馥 en France et toute sortie de notre territoire destination ou en provenance d置n pays ext駻ieur l弾space europ馥n (Union europ馥nne, Andorre, Islande, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norv鑒e, Saint-Marin, Saint-Si鑒e et Suisse) ainsi que l但ustralie, la Cor馥 du Sud, Isral, le Japon, la Nouvelle-Z駘ande, le Royaume-Uni ou Singapour, est interdite, sauf : motif imp駻ieux d弛rdre personnel ou familial, motif de sant relevant de l置rgence ou motif professionnel ne pouvant 黎re diff駻.
... but the subsequent paragraph about quarantine still says that anyone from outside the EU must quarantine, with no mention of the UK, Australia, etc being exempt. It doesn't actually say that they will put you in quarantine, but rather that you solemnly swear to do so of your own free will:
Les voyageurs de onze ans ou plus souhaitant venir en France en provenance d置n pays ext駻ieur l弾space europ馥n (Union europ馥nne, Andorre, Islande, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norv鑒e, Saint-Marin, Saint-Si鑒e et Suisse) doivent pr駸enter le r駸ultat d置n examen biologique de d駱istage virologique (RT-PCR) ne concluant pas une contamination par le Covid-19, r饌lis moins de 72 heures avant le vol. Ils doivent pr駸enter une d馗laration attestant qu段ls s弾ngagent sur l檀onneur s段soler pendant sept jours une fois arriv en France, puis refaire un deuxi鑪e test de d駱istage virologique (RT-PCR) l段ssue de cette p駻iode de sept jours.
Re-open EU still has the old text about compelling reasons, even though it indicates that the article was updated today... so basically, it's still quite unclear.
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Probably too late for countrybumpkin, but maybe useful information for anyone else travelling via the Channel Tunnel... the wait at Calais to get through the border checks is VERY long (two and a half hours this morning), even though there are very few people travelling. I was booked on the 11:20 shuttle, arrived 2 hours early, and finally got on the 13:20.

There is no point in showing up even earlier, as they only call you 45 minutes before your booked departure (the usual screens that allow you to select an alternative departure if you arrive early are deactivated), after which it takes about two hours to actually get through the border checks and onto the shuttle. No access to toilets during these two hours, so be prepared!

90 minutes was spent queuing in the buffer zone between the French and British border controls, during which time my 72-hour Covid test period expired... luckily I was allowed through, presumably because everyone was delayed by at least an hour, if not more.
I arrived 1 hour before my crossing time but ended up on the following train. Not as bad as you Steven, I was booked on the 15.20 and left on the 16.20, there were 4 U.K. border cabins open. Made my journey 10 1/2 hours instead of the 9 I usually take.
Had a phone call from Her Majesty痴 people this morning checking that I understood my quarantine obligations and promised to do my covid tests. First test delivered by courier at lunchtime and sample will be collected Monday morning.
Hope your trip goes smoothly Stephen and that your parents are OK.
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Has anyone got an update on the queues at Heathrow this weekend?
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Re: Commuting between UK and Switzerland

can anyone summarise the requirements for travelling Monday to Friday from Zurich to London?

1) Can you simply have a PCR test in Zurich on Friday and use that to return on Monday morning?

2) Do you have to quarantine when back on the weekend?

3) Any requirement to pay for Test and Trace or the test on day 2 and day 8?

I m trying to see if I can visit London most weekends like I used to do.
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can anyone summarise the requirements for travelling Monday to Friday from Zurich to London?

1) Can you simply have a PCR test in Zurich on Friday and use that to return on Monday morning?

2) Do you have to quarantine when back on the weekend?

3) Any requirement to pay for Test and Trace or the test on day 2 and day 8?

I m trying to see if I can visit London most weekends like I used to do.
You can use the same test if still writhing require time frame.

You値l need to quarantine in London until you leave (unless exempt) and in Switzerland.

You値l prob have to pay for U.K. test package unless exempt.
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Re: Commuting between UK and Switzerland

News is trickling in this afternoon that the UK is reportedly considering adding France to the "red" ie. hotel quarantine list.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/u...-b1820365.html not official yet, but we all know how the UK govt likes to "leak" info to the press to gauge public response.

I hope there will be no domino effect on Switzerland...
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Hi,

Has anyone got an update on the queues at Heathrow this weekend?
Many thanks

Surprisingly painless last Friday around 17:20 or so when we landed - 40 mins and we were through so much better than the 90 mins or so the previous time.
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can anyone summarise the requirements for travelling Monday to Friday from Zurich to London?

1) Can you simply have a PCR test in Zurich on Friday and use that to return on Monday morning?

2) Do you have to quarantine when back on the weekend?

3) Any requirement to pay for Test and Trace or the test on day 2 and day 8?

I m trying to see if I can visit London most weekends like I used to do.
No you can have a PCR test Friday morning and fly back on SUNDAY happily. The test would run out after exactly 72 hours of when taken (not the results time) so if you got it early AM Friday it runs out the same time Monday morning and you'd have had to be actually on the plane by then generally (or at least checked in on the flight) which in most cases doesn't work. To fly Friday evening you need to make sure you've been tested before 9am to get results by 14:00 (they have a 09:00 lab run and they provide results usually in 5 hours). That said it was 12:52 before I got my 5:45 test last Friday so they were almost an hour late.

Weekly commuters do not have to quarantine but you may be asked to now prove that you work in Switzerland and are just coming home from the weekend for example. Tourism type trips are still not allowed.

I was asked for proof of employment last week for the first time ever so I'm going to get a letter from HR to cover me for future trips.
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