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  1. That's exactly what we did - opened an account with Metrobank which we keep largely for holiday spending. There are no restrictions on how much you need to pay in, and no minimum number of transactions so for us it's very much a second current account. Using our Metrobank debit card we withdraw cash for small items such as coffees in a bar, market shopping, and purchases from small shops. Everything else goes on a credit card which has no fees for purchases in Euros, and which is paid off immediately it's due, so accrues no interest and never has done. Credit card spending includes 'big' items (fuel, campsite fees, supermarket shopping, restaurant meals). I'm sorry but I don't understand, these days, why anyone buys large amounts of euros before they set off and carries so much cash around with them. I would estimate that the most cash we ever have is somewhere between 50 and 100 euros (between us!).
  2. Andorra is an awful place - not worth visiting in my opinion - just a through road with loads of very tatty shops.................! Customs are hot at stopping people leaving, too, so don't be tempted to buy anything more than your allowance. If you just want cheap shopping then La Jonquera or Le Pertus has similar shops and similar prices, and save yourself the mountain roads.
  3. As there are other people reading this, and it's important to get things correct, please can I suggest that people travelling with pets read the following which is copied from the Government website https://www.gov.uk/guidance/pet-travel-to-europe-after-brexit. All you can realistically do at this stage is go to the Government website, read the full advice, click any links which might apply to you (if you're travelling to anywhere unusual), assume the worst and make travel plans accordingly, or wait a few days/weeks/months/years to see if it all becomes clear! Pet travel if the UK is an unlisted country A current EU pet passport issued in the UK will not be valid for travel to the EU. You’ll need to take the following steps: You must have your dog, cat or ferret microchipped and vaccinated against rabies before it can travel. Your pet must have a blood sample taken at least 30 days after its last rabies vaccination (whether that’s a booster or initial vaccination). Your vet may recommend a booster rabies vaccination before this test. Your vet must send the blood sample to an EU-approved blood testing laboratory. The results of the blood test must show a rabies antibody level of at least 0.5 IU/ml. You must wait 3 months from the date the successful blood sample was taken before you travel. The vet must give you a copy of the test results and enter the day the blood sample was taken in an animal health certificate. You might find that the blood test result is not successful despite your pet being up to date with its rabies vaccinations. If this happens you’ll need a repeat vaccination and blood test taken at least 30 days after the repeat vaccination. Find out more about rabies vaccination boosters and blood tests. Dogs travelling from the UK to EU listed tapeworm free countries (Finland, Ireland and Malta) should be treated for tapeworm before travel. You will not be able to travel with your pet if you have not completed these steps. Get a health certificate You must also take your pet to an official vet no more than 10 days before travel to get an animal health certificate. You must take proof of: your pet’s vaccination history your pet’s microchipping date a successful rabies antibody blood test result tapeworm treatment if travelling to Finland, Ireland or Malta Your pet’s animal health certificate will be valid for: 10 days after the date of issue for entry into the EU onward travel within the EU for 4 months after the date of issue re-entry to the UK for 4 months after the date of issue On arrival in the EU, pet owners travelling with pets will need to enter through a designated Travellers’ point of entry (TPE). At the TPE, you may need to present proof of microchip, rabies vaccination, successful blood test results and tapeworm treatment (if required) with your pet’s health certificate. Repeat trips to the EU Pets that have previously had a successful blood test and have an up-to-date subsequent rabies vaccination history do not need to repeat the blood test. Your pet will need a new health certificate for each trip to the EU. To get a new health certificate you must take your pet to an official vet no more than 10 days before you travel. Again, you must show proof of your pet’s: microchipping date rabies vaccination history successful rabies antibody blood test result tapeworm treatment if travelling to Malta, Ireland or Finland Return to the UK Your pet must have one of the following documents when returning to the UK: an EU pet passport (issued in the EU or in the UK prior to EU Exit) the animal health certificate issued in the UK used to travel to the EU (which you can use up to 4 months after it was issued) a UK pet health certificate (for travel into the UK only)
  4. France, in fact, has announced to British people living there, that they can continue to drive with their British Driving licences in the event of a No Deal brexit. So I imagine that applies to people visiting, too - but don't quote me.
  5. Here in the UK we have actually got two very different IDP's - one issued for France, citing the 1968 convention, and one issued for Spain, citing the 1949 convention. They are both stamped with the appropriate categories (ie those specified by those conventions and not newer categories of vehicle which have arisen since the conventions were signed and which are now shown on a driving licence) and both were issued by an agency of the UK Government - the UK Post Office - within the last two weeks. So different versions do exist, the UK Government have specified them, and their agency is issuing them. That is the reality of the situation for UK drivers.
  6. Don't you mean 'called them about obtaining a Green Card'..........................? The IDP doesn't depend on your insurer. The Spanish one (1949) lasts for one year, and the French one (1968) for three years or until the expiry of your driving licence if that is sooner.
  7. Those paying through the nose should name and shame their insurers. As Andy says, above, LV provide it free, within a few days of ordering - one for the car, separate one for the caravan (as suggested on the gov.uk website) and don't charge for postage! That way we will all know, if we get a good price for renewal on Compare the Meerkat, which companies not to go with!
  8. Yes, ours was with LV too - we're very impressed by the information on their website and the speed in obtaining the Green Card! First class service.
  9. That's what they told us. It actually took less than forty-eight hours from email to dropping through the letter box. Fantastic service.
  10. Ours, from LV, are for the car with the registration number, and a separate one for the caravan, which describes the make and model.
  11. Yes, here: https://en.camping.info/spain/campsites - which was the link I should have added to my first post. Unfortunately a typo took my to campingo. instead............................ and although I thought it looked different and didn't have as many sites as I remember I posted that link instead. Apologies. As Moorgate says 1146 campsites and you can search for those which fit your own personal criteria of size, dogs accepted, whatever!
  12. Yes. you can use the Eurocampings.co.uk website (which is the 'parent' of the ACSI card scheme). Whereas 284 sites offer the ACSI discount there are 522 sites on Eurocampings which are 'inspected' by ACSI, so there are 238 sites which are not ACSI card sites, and those sites won't feature on either of the Club's listings either. You can also check out Campingo.com which offers 525 sites - many of those won't feature in ACSI discounts or club sites.
  13. Try smaller sites, which aren't in the CMC Sites Abroad book. I would think they will have space - BUT don't forget this is prime weekend for those who have spent the winter in the south of Spain heading north again, spending a few days here and there on the way back. Once Easter is out of the way sites will be half (or even completely) empty.
  14. Did you get the normal renewal letter? We did and we were able to renew our ADAC cover only a few days ago without problems - normal procedure of phoning the office in Germany, giving our card details, and paying our dues. No indication that there was a problem with a UK address at all.
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