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Old 02.10.2021, 13:49
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Why on earth would a tourist want to go to the UK?

Certainly not for the food.

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Same reason as people go to any place. To see and experience something different. Different isn't always bad.
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Old 02.10.2021, 14:13
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Why on earth would a tourist want to go to the UK?

Certainly not for the food.

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Yawn.

Yes, we know you once went there in the 1970s. Things have moved on from then.
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As the UK was never in Schengen, why does this even change?
So the government can look like it's being tough on dirty foreigners. What else?
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Old 02.10.2021, 14:47
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From October 1, following the change that was announced a year ago, most citizens of the European Union European Economic Area, and Switzerland will no longer be allowed to enter the UK using a national identity card, and will instead be subject to the same entry rules as travellers from the rest of the world.
And why should they have different rules from citizens of other countries?
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Old 02.10.2021, 15:21
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Why on earth would a tourist want to go to the UK?

Certainly not for the food.

Tom
Very outdated comment. There are countless amazing restaurants in London, and pretty much anywhere you travel in the UK you can find excellent food if you do a bit of basic research. It's the same everywhere. Even driving across France recently, and eating at three restaurants, we were struck by how unimpressive these random eating places were, yet we know full well that there are plenty of great restaurants in France. We were just unlucky. Exactly the same in Italy where I spent some time in the summer. Great value, yes, but in the main we could have been eating in any standard UK Italian restaurant. And Swiss restaurants? Given the cost of eating out in CH, the food is almost universally ordinary. Do you judge a country's restaurants by the average high street eatery or the town's best establishments?
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Old 02.10.2021, 16:20
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Why on earth would a tourist want to go to the UK?

Certainly not for the food.

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The U.K. has amazing food! You should try it sometime
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Right. So if the U.K. had ID cards Schengen countries would no longer accept them. But because the EU have them & the U.K. also no longer accept them people are mad! The only reason the U.K. looks like the bad guy here, is because the U.K. doesn’t have ID cards so nothing changes for U.K. citizens.
I certainly don’t think the UK is being painted as the bad guy here, they have just changed their rules. When I landed at Bristol mid-Sep everyone was being herded to the e-gates one woman was shouting ‘ID Cards?’ And not getting any responses. I was tempted to go that way as I had my ID card in my wallet, but I had completed my PLF with my passport information. In any case I was through in a few minutes.

Just to discover Bristol Airport now charges £4 (for 10 minutes) to be picked up, or dropped off. I’d say this is a real abuse of a monopoly position. £15 for 10-14 minutes, £20 for 16-19 minutes and £50 for more than 20 minutes.
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