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I ask because OH has found a cheap holiday and are wondering about what and how you did the required tests before and while there prior to returning home.

Any advice welcome.

lilyflower
a month ago
What do you think of this?
charlottegardie
charlottegardiea month ago

I’ve not been and would never go as there very neglectful to animals

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ClaireF1978
ClaireF1978a month ago

We have. We're double jabbed so didn't need anything to get into Spain, just the QR code from the NHS app confirming vaccination status. We bought lateral flow tests from Prenetics and took them with us. We did those tests 2 days before we flew home and submitted the results via their app and filled in the reference numbers on the pre departure forms. We ordered day 2 PCR tests from Randox using the Ryan Air discount while we were there and submitted the reference numbers with the pre flight forms then they were delivered to our house the day we got home. We did the PCR tests 2 days after we got home and dropped them off at a Randox drop box.

To be honest, it was a lot of paperwork and took over an hour to sort out the pre departure forms for coming back to the UK. They want PCR tests for coming back now too, it's optional to have lateral flow or PCR at the moment but I think they will change that to PCR only very soon.

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lilyflower
lilyflower
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a month ago

ClaireF1978 Thank you so much. I was going round in circles regarding the test before returning home as to how the test was completed. Did you have to wear a mask on plane?

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ClaireF1978
ClaireF1978a month ago

lilyflower yes had to wear masks on the plane except when eating or drinking. We also had to wear them at the hotel except when eating/drinking at tables, on sun loungers or in the pool, so even had to wear them when walking around the hotel grounds outside. I have a 1 year old who kept pulling it off my face so it was a pain!

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lilyflower
lilyflower
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a month ago

ClaireF1978 Ah, just wondering if it is all worth it, just when we retired early end of 2019 to travel 2020 OH is itching to get somewhere.

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ClaireF1978
ClaireF1978a month ago

lilyflower yes definitely worth it. We found the Martin Lewis website is good for finding the best deals on covid tests and up to date info for the tests you need. The paperwork isn't straightforward so give yourself plenty of time to read through it. You can buy the tests there for coming back but the ones we got were a reasonable price so we just took them with us so we didn't have to worry about it.

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Leannexxx
Leannexxxa month ago

My brother is there now he's had both jabs but had to prove it and still pay for covid test

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lilyflower
lilyflower
Original Poster
a month ago

Thank Leannexxx We've had both jabs and have letter confirming, was wondering how people went about doing the test prior to returning home.

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Leannexxx
Leannexxxa month ago

lilyflower yeah cost £125 for one test tho he said he got there at 9 this morning he didn't get out of the airport till gone 1 tho waiting for his results

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SilverSurfer
SilverSurfera month ago

Leannexxx £125 for one test! Does he still have to do another test before leaving?

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Leannexxx
Leannexxxa month ago

SilverSurfer yeah he does

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SilverSurfer
SilverSurfera month ago

Leannexxx Totally ridiculous paying an extra £250 for tests to go on holiday!

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Leannexxx
Leannexxxa month ago

SilverSurfer I know but its what's needed to be done he's lucky that its staying with friends so he's not paying for accommodation

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SilverSurfer
SilverSurfera month ago

Leannexxx I know that but the public shouldn't be getting fleeced just go on holiday. Profiteering like that shouldn't happen in a pandemic but sadly nothing will happen as the people who can stop will have there fingers already in the pie

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ClaireF1978
ClaireF1978a month ago

When did he have his second jab? You only count as being fully vaccinated when it's 14 days after the second jab.

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gerrykelly25
gerrykelly25a month ago

Did you decide to book lilyflower?

We haven’t travelled to Spain yet, but have a timeshare in Gran Canaria. Lots of people have been posting about their travel experience. The biggest thing seems to be to print off copies of all your documents as well as having them on your phone. People were asked for copies of their vaccine records also. Your hotel should be able to advise you where to get your tests prior to coming home.

Give yourself lots of time at the airport as the process is taking much longer. The London airports seem to be the worst. The Northern ones not quite as bad, anecdotally.

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lilyflower
lilyflower
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a month ago

gerrykelly25 unfortunately not 😞 OH has anxiety issues and having to organise a test prior to coming home sent the levels through the roof yesterday. I want to relax not stress over him stressing about a test. One day 🙂

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gerrykelly25
gerrykelly25a month ago

lilyflower hopefully travel restrictions will improve and you will get somewhere later in the year. The Canaries are warm all year round 🤞

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gerrykelly25
gerrykelly25a month ago

Also, when flying for work during the past 18 months, I have found the disposable paper masks much more comfortable and cooler to wear for long periods than the cotton masks.

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