Well, fancy that!
Almost as soon as France pulled up the drawbridge, the EU let it down again.
Within the next few days France will be allowing visitors from the UK and the US into the country as long as they have proof of two vaccinations and a negative Covid test result within 48 hours of travelling.
The gates are open once more for us to go to France.
At a cost, of course.
We are getting organised to go as soon as we can. There is a lot to work out and get done before we go. The PCR tests can be done at a centre about forty minutes' drive from home at a cost of £120 each and we can get the return tests done (day 2 and day 8) in the UK for £175 each. That's nearly £600 worth of Covid testing in the UK, plus the cost of the test required in France before returning. I have no idea how much that one is or where or how we would get it but we should have plenty of time to work it out while we're there - unless France goes onto the "green list" during our stay, which would save a lot of money.
I'm sure that at £600+ per couple a lot of people will be put off travelling to France or any other country on the "amber list".
Daisy can travel at no extra cost on her French passport but we will need to get an AHC (animal health certificate) for Hugo. We have found a new local vet who offers them for £65, which is a bargain compared to the £150 quoted elsewhere. Once he's there we will get our French vet to issue him with a new French passport so that in future he won't require an AHC and both of them can then travel for free - or rather, for just the cost of their ticket as before!