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Old 07.06.2021, 19:45
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No, you have to pre book and pre pay day 2 and 8 - but you also have the option of paying extra, for another test, on day 5, and can then stop isolating if test is neg (ridiculous! I know)
In addition to the test you take before you go and before you return. That's a lot of brain tickling if you can't find a saliva test!
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In addition to the test you take before you go and before you return. That's a lot of brain tickling if you can't find a saliva test!
The tests they use in the UK are tonsils + nose (with the same swab), no brain tickling thankfully. Not that the tonsils bit is much fun either...
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Re: When do think is acceptable to travel?

The massive problem in the UK now is tests having to be sent away and results not coming back for days and worse, as the system is in such disarray!

What do you do if your test does not come back, or takes ages?
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Old 07.06.2021, 20:07
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The massive problem in the UK now is tests having to be sent away and results not coming back for days and worse, as the system is in such disarray!

What do you do if your test does not come back, or takes ages?
No need to have test by post, quite possible to get them in clinic. Biograd charge £60 per test in clinic for 2/8 day & get the results within 24 hours. They can also be cancelled 24 hours before, the by post ones can't be cancelled.

Those tests are Private, getting the very cheapest offer does not always pay, different guarantees on result times from receipt so using the post will add time.
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Old 07.06.2021, 20:18
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I think the point is that they are not resident. None resident Brits cannot fly to Switzerland directly, but they can fly to another EU country and then enter Switzerland from there.
Is there a link to this at all - I thought there was no way a UK resident could enter the country unless death or birth was imminent.

I am hoping the Swiss might follow France and let us in. Our UK car has been parked at my flat in Switzerland for 10 months and the MOT runs out early July so I am stuck as not allowed in to take it back to the UK. The UK Govt department didn't know the answer when I asked them the consequences
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Old 07.06.2021, 21:02
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Is there a link to this at all - I thought there was no way a UK resident could enter the country unless death or birth was imminent.

I am hoping the Swiss might follow France and let us in. Our UK car has been parked at my flat in Switzerland for 10 months and the MOT runs out early July so I am stuck as not allowed in to take it back to the UK. The UK Govt department didn't know the answer when I asked them the consequences
Once it's been abroad for 12 months it's assumed to have been exported.
You will need to trailer it back if the MOT expires as it needs to be legal in the country of registration. You could arrange to get it shipped back to the UK, probably not that expensive.
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Old 07.06.2021, 21:18
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The massive problem in the UK now is tests having to be sent away and results not coming back for days and worse, as the system is in such disarray!

What do you do if your test does not come back, or takes ages?
Not your problem if the day 2 and day 8 tests don't come back quickly. Only worry is the day 5 if you test to release and a test for return travel. If getting a test for travel, I'd go in person to a provider that offers same day service, at an airport for example.
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Old 08.06.2021, 09:02
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I have been fully vaccinated now for a month and I am not sure if it is right to think about traveling sometime in July?

When do you think is the right time to travel?
End of July for me as by then I'll have my second jab too. To my home country, they have like 90 cases per day now. Intensive vaccination campaign still going on there, they were the first EU country which started vaccinating kids.
I''ll not go anywhere far away i.e. outside Europe this year, probably Italy, France or Germany, when the situation will be similar to my home country. Germany and Italy are already on the "green list", that's great news.
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Old 08.06.2021, 10:13
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Those of you who are travelling soon, please let us know how you get on, and how it was wherever you went. Best of luck.
Flew to Alicante on Ascension and back on Whit Monday. PCR tests before departure and before returning. Masks everywhere in public apart from when sat at tables in restaurants or exercising. Actually took a few days to adjust to not needing one to go outdoors when we came back to Switzerland.

We rented an apartment with a large solarium and barbecue, so the only times we came into contact with people were the supermarket, bars and restaurants.

The flights in both directions were absolutely full (to the point where on the way back you could check hand baggage in for free).

As it’s been a while since we‘ve flown and for once had check in luggage, we got our admin a little wrong and rocked up at the bag drop an hour before the flight. We weren‘t the only ones who were pulled out of the queue to drop bags though! Getting through the airport was a breeze, as was arriving in Alicante. Likewise on the return it was painless aft both ends.

We go back on Saturday…
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Old 08.06.2021, 10:53
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Is there a link to this at all - I thought there was no way a UK resident could enter the country unless death or birth was imminent.

I am hoping the Swiss might follow France and let us in. Our UK car has been parked at my flat in Switzerland for 10 months and the MOT runs out early July so I am stuck as not allowed in to take it back to the UK. The UK Govt department didn't know the answer when I asked them the consequences
This is so difficult- but you can now travel to France without test- so can't someone from your family in Switzerland drive your car over the border for you? You can sleep over in France now, get the PCR test done in that French town, where you are staying, and then return- making another overnight rest stop on the way home. Would that work?

Oh I so feel your frustration.

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Is there a link to this at all - I thought there was no way a UK resident could enter the country unless death or birth was imminent.

I am hoping the Swiss might follow France and let us in. Our UK car has been parked at my flat in Switzerland for 10 months and the MOT runs out early July so I am stuck as not allowed in to take it back to the UK. The UK Govt department didn't know the answer when I asked them the consequences
Seems you can get a special allowance for compelling reasons. Not sure the car would be one but can you not fly into Basel airport, exit the French side then walk across the border? Seems immigration was combined a while back so I have no idea how it's working right now or indeed what the French rules are.

Your car will technically become illegal to drive but I'm not sure what the penalty would be if found out. Insurance would still be valid. The penalty in the UK isn't that great provided it's still roadworthy. Technically it needs to be taxed too. I guess you don't plan to keep it in Switzerland, otherwise you 'just' register and insure it in Switzerland when ready.
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Old 08.06.2021, 11:46
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Seems you can get a special allowance for compelling reasons. Not sure the car would be one but can you not fly into Basel airport, exit the French side then walk across the border? Seems immigration was combined a while back so I have no idea how it's working right now or indeed what the French rules are.

Your car will technically become illegal to drive but I'm not sure what the penalty would be if found out. Insurance would still be valid. The penalty in the UK isn't that great provided it's still roadworthy. Technically it needs to be taxed too. I guess you don't plan to keep it in Switzerland, otherwise you 'just' register and insure it in Switzerland when ready.
UK insurance can refuse to pay out if the car has no valid MOT, they may also take exception if not UK resident if this has not been declared. Only a couple of underwriters accept this risk
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This is so difficult- but you can now travel to France without test- so can't someone from your family in Switzerland drive your car over the border for you? You can sleep over in France now, get the PCR test done in that French town, where you are staying, and then return- making another overnight rest stop on the way home. Would that work?

Oh I so feel your frustration.
As far as I know, you will still need a PCR test to get into France?
https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/co...als-in-france/
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Seems you can get a special allowance for compelling reasons. Not sure the car would be one but can you not fly into Basel airport, exit the French side then walk across the border? Seems immigration was combined a while back so I have no idea how it's working right now or indeed what the French rules are.

Your car will technically become illegal to drive but I'm not sure what the penalty would be if found out. Insurance would still be valid. The penalty in the UK isn't that great provided it's still roadworthy. Technically it needs to be taxed too. I guess you don't plan to keep it in Switzerland, otherwise you 'just' register and insure it in Switzerland when ready.
Possible, but technically meant to quarantine - not sure whether leaving straight away again would be acceptable - grey area I think.
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Is there a link to this at all - I thought there was no way a UK resident could enter the country unless death or birth was imminent.

I am hoping the Swiss might follow France and let us in. Our UK car has been parked at my flat in Switzerland for 10 months and the MOT runs out early July so I am stuck as not allowed in to take it back to the UK. The UK Govt department didn't know the answer when I asked them the consequences
Nothing to stop you flying to France/Italy, and getting the train to Switzerland and quarantining for 10 days. Also, nothing to stop you getting in your car and driving straight out of Switzerland back into France.

Do you not have a Swiss residence permit if you have an apartment?
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Nothing to stop you flying to France/Italy, and getting the train to Switzerland and quarantining for 10 days. Also, nothing to stop you getting in your car and driving straight out of Switzerland back into France.

Do you not have a Swiss residence permit if you have an apartment?
We gave up our Swiss residence a few years ago but bought an apartment to spend time as did a lot of work in Switzerland and also for vacations. Also have daughter living in Geneva.
I'm guessing if we managed to get permission to fly into the country we could quarantine for a couple of days and then leave the country with the car - would we have to get another PCR test and are we allowed to leave the apartment to get it or do we have to stay for 10 days before doing that - all so confusing ..
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As far as I know, you will still need a PCR test to get into France?
https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/co...als-in-france/
The new policy going into effect tomorrow is that those fulfilling certain vaccination prerequisites no longer need the PCR test or any test to enter France from Switzerland (and from many other lands). For some reason, the webpage you saw, last updated on June 3, hasn't yet been revised to reflect this new policy in the "press release" it links to: https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/co...une-4-jun-2021

I started a thread summarizing the easing here: https://www.englishforum.ch/travel-d...accinated.html
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Re: When do think is acceptable to travel?

Just wondering, if you waited till things get easier Smackerjack, and you can fly in, stay in the flat for a while, then drive back to Folkestone and take Tunnel- and get your garage to trailor the car back from the Tunnel to the garage for MOT???

No-one will check if you car is MOT'd as you cross France, would they?
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The new policy going into effect tomorrow is that those fulfilling certain vaccination prerequisites no longer need the PCR test or any test to enter France from Switzerland (and from many other lands). For some reason, the webpage you saw, last updated on June 3, hasn't yet been revised to reflect this new policy in the "press release" it links to: https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/co...une-4-jun-2021

I started a thread summarizing the easing here: https://www.englishforum.ch/travel-d...accinated.html
If you have been in the UK in the previous 10 days you still need to quarantine, even if fully vaccinated, even if entering from France or Italy.
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Just wondering, if you waited till things get easier Smackerjack, and you can fly in, stay in the flat for a while, then drive back to Folkestone and take Tunnel- and get your garage to trailor the car back from the Tunnel to the garage for MOT???

No-one will check if you car is MOT'd as you cross France, would they?
They probably wouldn’t check but is it worth the risk?
If they had an accident on the way, God forbid, they could end up in serious trouble.
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