European Travel and Holidays 2021/22

FYI, HeadforPoints website are reporting that Expert Medicals have been removed from the government approved list of testersa. Unclear if already purchased tests are still valid.
 
Confusion at Eurotunnel yesterday as we headed back. Having uploaded all the required documentation, unclear guidance on website & none at terminal meant we queued for checks unnecessarily.
At French passport control, the lack of an entry stamp caused problems. Resolved in less than five minutes by double stamping. Impact of Brexit fully driven home as we calculated that we can return for a maximum of three weeks only, until end of 2021. C'est la vie.
 
Any reco's for providers of the day 2 & 8 test?
Travelling back from Greece (amber, and not fully vax'd) later this week so I'd better get that sorted to avoid the fuzz.
 

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Confusion at Eurotunnel yesterday as we headed back. Having uploaded all the required documentation, unclear guidance on website & none at terminal meant we queued for checks unnecessarily.
At French passport control, the lack of an entry stamp caused problems. Resolved in less than five minutes by double stamping. Impact of Brexit fully driven home as we calculated that we can return for a maximum of three weeks only, until end of 2021. C'est la vie.
We came back via Eurotunnel yesterday and it was very slow. I don’t know why as each time we went through it took about a min for the dog and ourselves. Check passport, stamp passport, on you go,
We allowed over an hour to get the 10:20 (arrived about 8:50) and we missed it as cars ahead we’re taking ages. Next train wasn’t until 11:19 so another hour to wait.
Going out it was extremely quiet and we sailed through. I guess people are the issue.
all the extra paperwork and costs are a real pain though but hopefully better for us next time.
 
One word of warning that isn’t actually very clear in most places.
Guidance is to have at least six months left on your passport. Do not assume your expiry date is the date to base that upon. Use your issue date and make sure you have six months based on that. (This applies for any passport renewed prior to 2018)
I had over 10 months left on mine but this wasn’t valid as the issue date was 9 years and 11 months ago. This also meant it met the condition that it must be under 10 years old on departure and return. It also met the condition that expiry should have at least six months.
I picked up a new passport on the day we were due to travel fortunately.
 
Any reco's for providers of the day 2 & 8 test?
Travelling back from Greece (amber, and not fully vax'd) later this week so I'd better get that sorted to avoid the fuzz.
We used Nationwide on our last trip. They seem fine but I do not believe there is much difference among them all. The most important thing is the number for your passenger locator form.
 
One word of warning that isn’t actually very clear in most places.
Guidance is to have at least six months left on your passport. Do not assume your expiry date is the date to base that upon. Use your issue date and make sure you have six months based on that. (This applies for any passport renewed prior to 2018)
I had over 10 months left on mine but this wasn’t valid as the issue date was 9 years and 11 months ago. This also meant it met the condition that it must be under 10 years old on departure and return. It also met the condition that expiry should have at least six months.
I picked up a new passport on the day we were due to travel fortunately.
Happened to a friend of my mother's last week. Refused boarding on a flight to Cyprus by the airline.
 
Does it make any difference if you own property in the EU, or have a business registered in the EU? Maybe a different type of visa required?
I've just cheered myself up after reading this thread by discovering that the 90 day rule does not apply to me as I married a frog (or 'one of the enemy' as my wife calls herself).

Although apparently the above rule only applies if travelling "at the same time as their spouse or rejoining him/her)". Doh!
 
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