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  1. Camping Sous les Etoiles is another British owned site, where the owner has gone out of his way to help those returning to the UK, and to keep them safe. Whilst it's not on a direct route that people would use if on their way back from Spain to the UK, I think they deserve support, and it's very convenient for those travelling via Caen and Cherbourg, whenever things get back to normal.
  2. That's standard at all times. In the 'good old days' we used to travel backwards and forwards six or more times a year, and always got the standard email. It doesn't affect what will happen when you arrive. Others all seem to be reporting that you get put on the next train after our arrival, so very good luck!
  3. Brittany Ferries let a lot of passengers down when they had to land in Brest during a particularly bad storm in the Bay of Biscay, whilst on the way to Spain. It was the day before Christmas Eve, and a shipload of passengers had to find their own way to Spain with most en-route hotels closed or already full. My ex-husband was one of them - suffering from MS at the time. He's never sailed with Brittany Ferries again.
  4. Put Camping Le Cormoran on your 'planning list' - not only a great campsite but adjacent to the WW2 Normandy landings beaches, so plenty for a 10 and 12 year old to look at, and witness for themselves. Further down the Cotentin peninsula is Bayeux and the tapestry, and the other side of the peninsula is Mont St Michel - both places they may have heard of and be interested in visiting. Then of course, you could possibly include Disneyland Paris if they are that sort of children, or if not travel further down and find a riverside site in the Dordogne, with plenty of lovely river activities, and a nice swimming pool Camping Le Bouysse might fit your bill. In these somewhat cheerless times I think we all have to pursue our dreams to a certain extent, and planning costs nothing and can always be fast forwarded to happier times when things are normal again. Keep dreaming and keep planning!
  5. The forms aren't that complicated and available to download here: French permission to be outside the house and travelling You need the Attestation de Deplacement Derogatoirel Click on the Telecharger bit, not on the form itself. It offers you the form in whatever formats are available on your device. In the bits with the dotted lines: On line one M/MMe fill in your full name On the second line Né(e) Fill in your date of birth On the third line (Demuerant) Fill in your full address, including UK Don't tick the boxes but immediately underneath them all write in ink Je rentre dans ma résidence principale au Royaume-Uni (I am returning to my principal residence in the UK)
  6. No, as someone else said 'The big companies say tough, we don't need to help, we've got your money, cheerio chaps' and the little companies and local businesses are doing their best to help out - going out of their way to help people who are struggling, delivering when they don't usually. Let's give a hand to the little businesses and in the future show them our loyalty. I know there are unfortunately no small ferry operators any longer, but we can always change to P and O regular traveller tickets, which can be 'shared' with anyone on payment of a small fee.
  7. We already did and this was their answer: At this time Eurotunnel Le Shuttle services are unaffected by the coronavirus, we continue to take guidance from the Department for Transport, and the Public Health England. Further information can also be found on : https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public.. Currently the terms and conditions of our Frequent Traveller Wallet are still applying. Our Frequent Traveller Accounts are non-refundable and that all credit must be used within 12 calendar months, we are unfortunately unable to extend the validity on your account. We will keep all updated information regarding the current situation via our website https://www.eurotunnel.com/uk/travelling-with-us/latest/covid-19/ . We hope you will not allow any disappointment associated with this decision deter you from travelling with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle in the future. Please do not hesitate to contact us for any further queries. Kind regards Sorry to disappoint you.
  8. David, having been involved as 'Tour Guide' on a CMC First-timers Tour in the past I can only say that the support we got from the CMC was absolutely shocking to be honest, so I'm not surprised that Rally Managers don't know anything.
  9. It's interesting to see what's happening in other countries, and how much is about 'control' and not about safety. The mask in the car, for instance, is barmy! And the requirement to print out the attestation rather than have it on a smartphone - even the Health Minister, when asked about this, said it was to 'make it more difficult for the French people' not to keep them safer!
  10. Onward travel by EU citizens within the EU (of which we are officially still a member until 31/12/20), returning 'home' to the UK is still allowed, according to local sources (but not confirmed officially) so that should mean that anyone coming from Spain to a ferry crossing to the Uk should still be OK! Stay safe everyone
  11. According to friends in France you will only be allowed to travel if you have a booked ferry crossing, or Eurotunnel, so please book before you leave even if you have to change the crossing details mid-journey. Print out the French Attestation to Travel which you will need to show if stopped. https://www.ouest-france.fr/sante/virus/coronavirus/coronavirus-et-confinement-telechargez-ici-le-formulaire-d-attestation-de-deplacement-6784838 Good luck everyone, and safe travels.
  12. We're in Yorkshire Montesa and I can confirm that the West Yorkshire border is still open! Welcome back.
  13. This was taken from the BBC News website about two hours ago:' Taken from the BBC News website:/ Brittany Ferries is to suspend all passenger services as a result of the coronavirus crisis. The company, which had already halted some crossings , said the last passenger sailing would leave Santander in Spain on Saturday, bound for Portsmouth. Passengers will be asked to remain in their cabins over the coming days and bring their own food, as there will be none available on board. The services are suspended until at least 23 March. Freight ferries will continue to operate between the continent, and Portsmouth and Rosslare. The French firm said passengers should only travel if their journeys were "essential". It said the company was in "good financial health" and had no plans for job losses among its 2,500-strong workforce, which includes 300 staff in the UK. A spokesman said: "Some staff will work from home, others may need to take annual leave." Previously the firm said it regretted the disruption and would resume normal services as soon as the situation allowed. Final passenger sailings Portsmouth-St Malo: 20:30 Tuesday (from St Malo) Portsmouth-Caen: 14:45 Thursday (from Portsmouth) Portsmouth-Le Havre: already suspended Poole-Cherbourg: already suspended Plymouth-Roscoff: 15:00 Wednesday (from Roscoff) Portsmouth-Bilbao: 17:15 Wednesday (from Bilbao) Portsmouth-Santander: 20:30 Saturday (from Santander)
  14. Latest news from Brittany Ferries - from the BBC website: Brittany Ferries is to suspend all passenger services as a result of the coronavirus crisis. The company, which had already halted some crossings , said the last passenger sailing would leave Santander in Spain on Saturday, bound for Portsmouth. Passengers will be asked to remain in their cabins over the coming days and bring their own food, as there will be none available on board. The services are suspended until at least 23 March. Freight ferries will continue to operate between the continent, and Portsmouth and Rosslare. The French firm said passengers should only travel if their journeys were "essential". It said the company was in "good financial health" and had no plans for job losses among its 2,500-strong workforce, which includes 300 staff in the UK. A spokesman said: "Some staff will work from home, others may need to take annual leave." Previously the firm said it regretted the disruption and would resume normal services as soon as the situation allowed. Final passenger sailings Portsmouth-St Malo: 20:30 Tuesday (from St Malo) Portsmouth-Caen: 14:45 Thursday (from Portsmouth) Portsmouth-Le Havre: already suspended Poole-Cherbourg: already suspended Plymouth-Roscoff: 15:00 Wednesday (from Roscoff) Portsmouth-Bilbao: 17:15 Wednesday (from Bilbao) Portsmouth-Santander: 20:30 Saturday (from Santander)
  15. I rather think that with everything else that's going on, both in France, and in the UK, travelling anywhere is going to become extremely difficult. I would start to rethink your plans, to be perfectly honest. In France at the moment those campsite which are currently open can remain open, but they aren't able to open pools, bars and restaurants. Campsites which are not yet open are being asked to postpone their opening dates. Only essential shops (food and pharmacies) will be open - large shopping centres are closed, as are bars and restaurants in towns and village. Ferry companies are reducing their sailings. It's going to become more and more difficult. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.
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