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  1. It's just the opposite. The EU have a 90 day limit in 180 for all 'Third Country Nations' which is what we now are, post-Brexit. The UK allows EU nations to spend up to 180 days in any 365. Same number of days, but very different results in terms of ability to have longer stays, because of the way they are calculated.
  2. You can't do this on the Government site. If you have one it's still valid, if you haven't then you'll have to wait until the new 'replacement' card becomes available to apllications.
  3. You can, and people are doing. People on a Facebook group arrived in Spain at San Sebastian, and are now down on the south coast. Whether you SHOULD is a very different matter.
  4. Yes, we have friends who have had to 'overstay' because they couldn't get back, and apparently they were told by the campsite owner that if anyone became ill with Covid then bills would be covered.
  5. Good news that the EHIC is going to be replaced with an alternative card providing the same benefits; See here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/agreements-reached-between-the-united-kingdom-of-great-britain-and-northern-ireland-and-the-european-union/summary-explainer?fbclid=IwAR1U-ee2Kxq65rV537isGpnQncbB2bkZa8B6Uuaxzw-HMb-xERS990IuoOc#trade-and-cooperation-agreement-overview Scroll down and this is the information in Part 2, section 4.4 onwards: 4.4 Heading Four - Social Security Coordination and Visas for Short-term Visits Title I - Social Security
  6. Some good news in our weekend paper, for those planning a holiday in Andalucia next year. The Andalucia.org advert states that for the whole of 2021 they will provide free Covid travel insurance for anyone staying in tourist accommodation. Hopefully this will include campsites. Details here: https://www.andalucia.org/en/travel-assistance-insurance
  7. According to the French Embassy this is the latest news on International Driving Permits for France: From British Embassy in France re driving licences. We are pleased to share some updates on driving licences, a topic that we know is causing some frustration and anxiety. ➡️ First and foremost, we want to reassure everyone that the French authorities have no intention of suddenly ceasing to recognise UK licences. In fact, it has recently been confirmed that UK licences will be recognised for one year from 1 January 2021. Details of the future exchange process beyond this date are stil
  8. Same thing happened to our friend's son - only his fine was considerably more (or so he told his mum when she had to stump up the extra funds as he'd almost run out of money!) The awful thing was that it was entirely due to flight cancellations due to Covid19 and he literally had no choice but to stay until the next available flight. Staysure, and OnLineTravelCover both offer full Covid19 cover - even during recommendations for 'non-essential travel'. But of course the cost rises for longer trips and over a certain age - though they offer cover up to 79 years of age .
  9. We were talking to neighbours who usually spend the winter in Spain. Lots of their friends are currently in Spain, or traveling down through France to get there - apparently without problems in either France or Spain. The were told by friends that the campsite owner (don't know the campsite name) has been able to arrange Covid19 health cover for all her 'guests'. There have been no cases of Covid amongst the site visitors so far.
  10. Although fewer of us are camping/caravanning at the moment, Archie has been beavering away updating and changing details on Archies Camping. For those who don't know, this is a datababase, and App, with details of more than 33,000 campsites throughout Europe. The database has files which can be downloaded free of charge, from the link about, and whilst you have to pay a small fee for the App, thereafter there are lifetime free updates, approximately every two months. The App can be used off-line if you have no internet connection. The new update has just been put on line, so existing users
  11. I think you should say which site. It's not a good recommendation that they haven't even offered a compromise solution.
  12. But a mask would help, which is why we've been wearing masks in public since the start of the pandemic. We've aslso been hand-washing, social distancing, and staying at home as much as possible, boosting our immune system working in the garden, and eating well. I think that's all we can humanly do.
  13. Yes Dijon to Le Pommier is just about right - giving you plenty of time to set up that day! We love the Ardeche and store our caravan there. We shall be there at the beginning of August with one of our sons.
  14. We always used to do what you're doing - but crossing about 10.00 pm - and then the nearest autoroute service area when we felt we needed to stop for the first night. This isn't quite as easy as it was because of migrant issues, with several smaller areas being closed along the autoroute south. Many times we stayed at the Aire near Ste Hilaire des Cottes, which was large enough, had decent facilities and showers for the morning. (Warning, this is quite a long time ago now and things may change). Then we picked somewhere for an overnight stay whilst travelling so that on hot days we didn't
  15. I would go via the Mediterranean side. Stop off somewhere around Collioure and visit - it's probably going to be as quiet now as you'll ever find it. The drive along the Med is lovely and there are plenty of other places to stop/visit - Gruissan is lovely, as is Aigues Mortes and the Camargue. Then up to Millau via the Pas d'Escalette, and stay in one of the lovely sites along the Gorges du Tarn - making a drive up the Gorge and back over one of the Causses. Then either further north on the A75 visit the volcanoes of the Auvergne, or do a cross-country trip to the Dordogne region, staying
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