25 June 2021

ON TENTERHOOKS

 

This is the view if you are first onto the train at Eurotunnel.


Well, all is in place but we are on tenterhooks.

The PM has put Spain and the Beleriacs on the green list but left France on the amber.  This means that the hordes of people desperate for a foreign holiday can now jet off to Spain, Majorca or Ibiza without having to quarantine on their way home - which was pretty impractical to do if all you have is a fortnight off work, not to mention the cost of all the PCR tests.  We pensioners are better placed as ten days at home on our return is more or less what we have got used to.

This is good news for us.  In the short term, France being on the amber list (with the quarantine, palaver and expense of testing on return) is diverting thousands of holidaymakers from France to elsewhere and might just mean that Macron keeps the border open.  

With the Johnson variant running rife through the UK now (we might as well credit him with the Delta variant as his incompetence is why we got it), the leaders on the other side of the Channel Tunnel are getting twitchy about letting us in again.  If they get too twitchy the best we could hope for is that they might insist on a quarantine period as well as the vaccination record and Covid tests.  The worst case is that they close the borders to travellers from the UK but the prospect of fewer Brits travelling to or through France might calm things down.  Putting France on the green list some time in September would be handy, so that we wouldn't have to fork out for all those tests and quarantine on our return.  

For now, not knowing if we'll be able to go when we planned is just too much.  

At a push we could make a run for it while we can, as long as we could rearrange the Covid tests and the AHC appointment for Hugo at a suitable time, both of which could be tricky.  There might be a run on Eurotunnel bookings as everyone else does the same but we'll take any crossing at all.  Anything.  Anything not to spend the next two weeks worrying about whether things will change.  We just want to get there and get all this stuff behind us for a while.

12 comments:

  1. Oh I do hope you can get there

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  2. I have just had to cancel for Monday because of family illness - but good luck to you. P&O were brilliant; lots of room on the ferries - my PCR test has had to be cancelled though... life keeps throwing curve balls.

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    1. I'm sorry to hear this Mark. It's all such a palaver that having to cancel and start all over again is a huge effort. I hope you make it across soon.

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  3. Thinking of you
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    Having great difficulty walking and eating at the moment
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    Toes and legs and fingers crossed do not make walking or eating any fun at all
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    Please get here soonest
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    1. Now Belgium has put the UK on their red list. We are very concerned that France may follow suit very soon. Looks like we'll be making that run for it asap.

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    2. Fingers x'd.... had to unlock all the rest.... I was getting cramp.... keep your peckers up!

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    3. Tim, peckers are up, bit is betweent the teeth, it's all a matter of time..........beating the clock.

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  4. that's a good example of tenterhooks, indeed
    keep us posted.

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  5. I'd be running for it now ... two weeks is a long time in Covid world!

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    1. Veronica, just got to get covid tests and we’re on the road!

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