General Discussion: Official holiday thread


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eazypz
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3469 posts since 16/4/10

5 Dec 2021 18:20
For the U.K., register it here: https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result

Not sure on the Sweden end
beeper
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171 posts since 22/9/10

5 Dec 2021 19:26
If you’re already in Sweden you’ll need to order a lateral flow over there. If you’re still in the uk go on randox or similar and order a uk entry test, take it with you to Sweden and follow the instructions that come with it. Basically you’ll download an app, register your test, take your test, upload the result and they send you a certificate to prove the result
beeper
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171 posts since 22/9/10

5 Dec 2021 19:29
Ps - eazy, you can’t use those free NHS ones as proof to get back in to the uk. You have to buy a one from a private provider - they’re about £20. Otherwise how would BJ’s mates make money?!
joeyjojo
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4679 posts since 24/8/06

5 Dec 2021 19:29
Okay nice thanks all. Think I know what to do now. Will grab a few LF tests when I’m in the uk to bring back. For someone who has barely travelled for a year and never taken a test it’s pretty confusing what you need to do
swede
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10143 posts since 21/3/09

posted 5 Dec 2021 19:58, edited 5 Dec 2021 19:58
eazypz wrote: For the U.K., register it here: https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result

Not sure on the Sweden end

pretty sure that doesn't count for travelling…..

get a randox fit to fly pre-departure LFT test. they are like £20? maybe £18 with a code
eazypz
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3469 posts since 16/4/10

5 Dec 2021 21:24
Haha cheers, got a trip booked this month and would have completely dropped the ball on that one, so thanks for letting me know!
Hanto
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3286 posts since 30/11/09

5 Dec 2021 21:38
joeyjojo wrote: Okay nice thanks all. Think I know what to do now. Will grab a few LF tests when I’m in the uk to bring back. For someone who has barely travelled for a year and never taken a test it’s pretty confusing what you need to do

Where are you going in Sweden? I used this place and did a test in a drop in and got the results in about 30 mins.

If in Stockholm, there is one about 50 yards from Gamla Stan metro station.

https://reseintyg.vaccina.se/

Also, unless they relaxed the rules, Sweden is being very strict on admissions into the country. Went in September and the only reason I got in was dispensation for a funeral and needed a written letter from the funeral director, family tree and a copy of the funeral announcement in the paper.
swede
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10143 posts since 21/3/09

5 Dec 2021 22:09
Sweden are letting in non-passport holders as of November. My other half is coming with me over New Years
joeyjojo
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4679 posts since 24/8/06

6 Dec 2021 09:46
I live in Sweden but am coming home ( to the UK) for Christmas. (I hope!! ) it’ll be fine for me to come back into Sweden as I have residence here now. So trying to sort the just getting into UK end this time!
-DiscoTits-
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964 posts since 26/11/07

6 Dec 2021 13:39
This is all a load of bollocks. The U.K. should simply be testing at the border upon entry. If you are positive then straight to a quarantine hotel you go. Allow folk to just do a free lft before they fly and treat us like adults and trust us to do so. The amount of money that’s been made off of these lft goverment tests and then this day 2/8 nonsense is just ridiculous. Fudge is wrong on many accounts but he’s absolutely correct that this shite is never going to go away now it’s here. It’ll become another tax to throw on to your holidays. They are determined to stop plebs having holidays abroad so it would seem. In Scotland they don’t even follow up any of this as I’ve been putting in an old reference number for about a year now on the passenger locator forms and no one gives a fuck. Governments are only doing it as a tick box exercise so it looks like they are doing stuff to control this.
swede
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10143 posts since 21/3/09

posted 6 Dec 2021 13:48, edited 6 Dec 2021 13:48
-DiscoTits- wrote: The U.K. should simply be testing at the border upon entry

oh yeah. because that is so simple and easy to implement. border crossing through some of the busiest airports in the world will just be so smooth and easy then……..

come on chap. be realistic
Rirawin
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9577 posts since 17/7/05

6 Dec 2021 13:51
Pre-boarding should be easier than cross border. In the US they test everyone at the gate before boarding. Would be simple and easy enough. Not much else to do when you’re waiting at the gate to board anyway.
-DiscoTits-
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964 posts since 26/11/07

posted 6 Dec 2021 14:31, edited 6 Dec 2021 14:31
swede wrote:
-DiscoTits- wrote: The U.K. should simply be testing at the border upon entry

oh yeah. because that is so simple and easy to implement. border crossing through some of the busiest airports in the world will just be so smooth and easy then……..

come on chap. be realistic

Other countries were doing this during the peak of the pandemic last year and continue to do so. Why would it be so difficult to implement here? You can’t deny that this whole thing has made some companies and people seriously rich. The system is very flawed and is too easy to get around (in Scotland anyway) and until they reduce the costs to travellers all it’s doing is having a massive effect on airlines and travel companies. There needs to be a better balance struck here to avoid unnecessarily crippling a vital industry. The Goverment’s should be more thorough on this if they actually gave a shit about variants. Instead as long as some massive amounts of money are being made then that keeps them and their pals happy.
swede
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10143 posts since 21/3/09

6 Dec 2021 14:50
we cant even recruit lorry drivers mate. how are we supposed to setup something like that? test and trace is a shitshow too…

places that introduced that sort of thing had to put up with seriously reduced air travel as it put so many people off (risk of £££££ quarantine etc.). we aren't going back to that. pre-departure LFT is "good enough" in my eyes

yes it is bs that the diagnostics firm make a mint off it. i do agree with you there but testing on landing is just not the answer
zoom
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6742 posts since 22/7/05

posted 6 Dec 2021 16:05, edited 6 Dec 2021 16:05
Rirawin wrote: In the US they test everyone at the gate before boarding.

I flew from Chicago to LA last week and there was zero testing? I didn’t even get asked to show any proof of vaccine. All they done was make sure everyone was wearing a mask.

Also flew from LA to Heathrow yesterday and there was zero testing, I just had to show my proof of vaccine and booked a PCR at Heathrow on my arrival.
Rirawin
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9577 posts since 17/7/05

posted 6 Dec 2021 17:27, edited 6 Dec 2021 17:27
Maybe a Canada/Airline thing or a change of policy. When I met my US coworkers in Toronto back in October, they were all talking about it, and they flew in from San Fran, NY, Florida and Washington.
toiler
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168 posts since 4/5/09

11 Dec 2021 07:28
Anyone been to Mexico and can recommend a place to stay?
illmurray
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580 posts since 18/4/12

posted 11 Dec 2021 09:32, edited 11 Dec 2021 09:32
If this helps anyone travelling atm:

I did this for leaving the UK - rapid antigen, 12 hour turnaround £20ish - https://www.c19testing.co.uk/

And Randox on return for day 2 PCR. Bit more expensive, £34 I thnk. Dropbox in London, results in less than 12 hours.

And had to do a lateral flow in Porto to get on the flight, €25 euro at World of Wine, results in like 2 hours.

Edit: If anyone wants some Porto tips lmk, did a lot of eating cheap in local places with €4 litre jugs of vinho verde and no one can speak english, great stuff.
Tobypricec
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557 posts since 6/1/15

10 Jan 2022 13:03
Food/Drink/Coffee recommendations for Budapest anyone? Cheers
MoB
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37251 posts since 31/8/04

10 Jan 2022 13:19
MoB wrote: Had cape town booked for Jan Cry

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