General Discussion: Official holiday thread


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electrolux
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672 posts since 6/11/08

2 Oct 2021 06:18
-DiscoTits- wrote: Are clubs open in Berlin and Munich yet? Or is it still just bars etc?

Most clubs are open in Berlin but not all and they've mostly been doing outdoors parties only, eg Berghain. They're allowed to operate as far as I know so should be moving inside very soon.
Tony
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1005 posts since 28/10/08

2 Oct 2021 08:29
Flying into Barcelona after the 4th of Oct can anyone link me to the cheapest PCR I can order for my return? Cheers.
fudge.dredd
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1752 posts since 15/12/12

posted 2 Oct 2021 12:26, edited 2 Oct 2021 12:26
Tony wrote: Flying into Barcelona after the 4th of Oct can anyone link me to the cheapest PCR I can order for my return? Cheers.

You mean the day 2 test or just for return?

If it’s for return you can just take the cheaper antigen one.

Under £30 via chronomics, qured or c19 testing.
Tony
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1005 posts since 28/10/08

2 Oct 2021 12:50
The day 2 test. I think that’s all you need now? Still confusing me.
Rirawin
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9566 posts since 17/7/05

2 Oct 2021 12:58
It's Day 2 as they've scrapped pre-departure PCR tests for returning to the UK from abroad unless you're flying from a red listed country from October 4th onward (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/red-amber-and-green-list-rules-for-entering-england). Just hope that Spain doesn't get put on the red list.

From what I've seen Day 2 PCR tests are around £69, Boots, Collinson, etc.
Tony
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1005 posts since 28/10/08

posted 2 Oct 2021 13:06, edited 2 Oct 2021 13:06
Light_Sleeper wrote: Any Seville recommendations?

Real Alcazar is worth going to, queue was big so worth getting tickets in advance. Good for a Drink with a view at sunset.

https://www.alcazarsevilla.org/en/

There’s a contemporary art museum at this old monastery,
It’s nice for a wander around and really cheap. Hopefully it’s still open.

https://sevillecityguide.com/monastery-de-la-cartuja.html

This place was cool to and really quiet when we went to visit.

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attraction_Review-g187443-d10076102-Reviews-Casa_Palacio_de_Las_Duenas-Seville_Province_of_Seville_Andalucia.html

Went to a place called Bier Craft, for drinks was pretty decent. Stayed right near a pizza place called, Pizzeria La Urbana would recommend it. Paradas 7 For breakfast. Oh and Calle Feria flea market on a Thursday morning is interesting.
fudge.dredd
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1752 posts since 15/12/12

2 Oct 2021 14:34
Tony wrote: The day 2 test. I think that’s all you need now? Still confusing me.

https://covid.randox.com/amber-country/

Cheapest one. You don’t even need to do it. Just pay for it and get the code and input it on your form. They don’t follow up. You can even use an old code from someone else who’s ordered it.
Tony
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1005 posts since 28/10/08

2 Oct 2021 18:00
I’ll have a look nice one Fudge.
-DiscoTits-
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952 posts since 26/11/07

2 Oct 2021 20:38
I’ve been travelling back and forth to Norway for work and a few holidays in between during the whole pandemic. Can confirm that in Scotland at least there’s been absolutely no follow up on the testing and screening shite. As long as you’ve filled out your locator form (and for Scotland anyway) put in a code for your CTM ordered test then border force will just wave you through. The systems are not interlinked in any way shape or form. Someone’s made a killing out of these tests at our expense. A big fucking farce if you ask me.
quest
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3730 posts since 11/7/11

posted 2 Oct 2021 21:01, edited 2 Oct 2021 21:01
you could show anything in any language and get let through, in the EU anyway
ginner
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334 posts since 15/4/14

3 Oct 2021 19:47
Tony wrote:
Light_Sleeper wrote: Any Seville recommendations?

Real Alcazar is worth going to, queue was big so worth getting tickets in advance. Good for a Drink with a view at sunset.

https://www.alcazarsevilla.org/en/

There’s a contemporary art museum at this old monastery,
It’s nice for a wander around and really cheap. Hopefully it’s still open.

https://sevillecityguide.com/monastery-de-la-cartuja.html

This place was cool to and really quiet when we went to visit.

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attraction_Review-g187443-d10076102-Reviews-Casa_Palacio_de_Las_Duenas-Seville_Province_of_Seville_Andalucia.html

Went to a place called Bier Craft, for drinks was pretty decent. Stayed right near a pizza place called, Pizzeria La Urbana would recommend it. Paradas 7 For breakfast. Oh and Calle Feria flea market on a Thursday morning is interesting.

Look up a place called El Traga/ C. Águilas, 6, 41004 Sevilla, Spain. Found it to be excellent food. Was a recommendation from our hotel
pops
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4276 posts since 2/9/09

posted 9 Oct 2021 12:16, edited 9 Oct 2021 12:16
travelling to Spain with the kids next Saturday. QURED no longer doing fit to fly PCR tests due to lab delays. Any other recommendations please ?
waterfall
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1316 posts since 14/1/07

9 Oct 2021 12:25
fudge.dredd wrote:
Tony wrote: The day 2 test. I think that’s all you need now? Still confusing me.

https://covid.randox.com/amber-country/

Cheapest one. You don’t even need to do it. Just pay for it and get the code and input it on your form. They don’t follow up. You can even use an old code from someone else who’s ordered it.

Is this what you do?
swede
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9971 posts since 21/3/09

9 Oct 2021 13:54
pops wrote: travelling to Spain with the kids next Saturday. QURED no longer doing fit to fly PCR tests due to lab delays. Any other recommendations please ?

randox are cheapest (assuming you have a drop box near you). can get good discount codes

although do you actually need it? assume you are double jabbed… or is it for the kids?
pops
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4276 posts since 2/9/09

posted 9 Oct 2021 14:10, edited 9 Oct 2021 14:10
cheers Swede . Got a message from a mate recommending C19. I Can drop off the sample to their lab in central London early Thursday morning . Not cheap compared to Randox though. Might book in for appointments for Randox at Heathrow as a fall back just in case results don't come through in time.

I'm double vaxxed . 2 of the 3 kids are over 12 but still haven't had offer of a vaccination [useless tory cunts] Was hoping they'd be done by now to save the PCR stress.

On a separate note , was a bit nervous given how close to holiday but went to Harvey at The Troxy last Saturday .4 of my mates have since come down with the rona [all double vaxxed] .I've tested 3 times since [all neg] so looks like i've dodged a bullet Eek
swede
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9971 posts since 21/3/09

9 Oct 2021 14:32
a good alternative is collinson at the airport (literally inside T5 on the ground floor). spain accept the LAMP-PCR tests which are much faster (results within 2 hours). i used this service in summer when i wasnt double jabbed. was great

the only risk is that you head to mallorca with the travel document completed and then one of the kids tests positive/results come through when you are on the flight… ideally you'd head to airport 3-4 hours before the flight to make sure you get the result before boarding
pops
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4276 posts since 2/9/09

9 Oct 2021 15:55
great stuff, thanks for the info Swede mate
eazypz
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3410 posts since 16/4/10

10 Oct 2021 22:53
Any recs for Istanbul?

Looking for the best area to stay in (Someone recommend Nisantasi?)

Also some recs for restaurants etc

Cheers!
Owlix
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2061 posts since 16/10/08

11 Oct 2021 14:53
Any ideas how long a passport renewal takes at the moment? I'm hoping it's 5 weeks as stated on the website but wondered if anyone has done it recently?
artiefufkin
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388 posts since 11/7/06

12 Oct 2021 15:33
Mine was ridiculously fast earlier this summer. Applied online and sent my old one off - had the new one in my hands 48 hours later. No idea how typical that is though.