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This week he helps a reader declare a refund from Brittany Ferries, gives recommendation on post-Brexit journey – and extra.
Q. Last yr we booked a vacation to Spain, crusing with Brittany Ferries so we might take our caravan. But as a consequence of lockdown, we postponed till September. I then suffered a minor stroke, so we postponed once more till this May. However, I’m 82 and fearful about my well being, and we’ve now offered our caravan. If we cancel the ferries, we’ll lose £1,138. Can you assist?
Michael White, by way of e-mail.
Pitch good: Brittany Ferries has refunded a caravanning reader’s ticket after he could not sail to Spain
A. Brittany Ferries’ cancellation coverage often will depend on the kind of ticket you obtain: financial system, normal or flexi. See brittanyferries.co.uk/information/faqs/booking-information/ferry-ticket-types. However, ‘in view of all of the circumstances’ it has agreed to offer you a full refund.
Where lockdown makes journey unimaginable, Brittany Ferries will contact passengers ‘as quickly as doable’ to supply a refund or the prospect to amend the reserving.
Q. When returning to the UK from the Canary Islands, what sort of adverse Covid take a look at do you might want to have: a PCR or an antigen one?
Lorraine Howard, by way of e-mail.
A. PCR and antigen checks are each acceptable, as with coming back from all nations.
Q. When somebody has had their second jab, why not have a passport stamp confirming this? Surely then we might journey?
Colleen Smith, by way of e-mail.
A. This is a neat thought, however the huge drawback with Covid ‘vaccine passports’ is that they are going to want worldwide settlement. When/if they’re agreed, nevertheless, maybe such certificates may very well be handed out after the second jab. This is one thing for Nadhim Zahawi, the Vaccines Minister, to contemplate.
A reader asks: When somebody has had their second jab, why not have a passport stamp confirming this? Surely then we might journey?
On this topic, Israel, Greece and Cyprus have already arrange their very own system to permit vaccinated residents from the three nations to journey freely throughout borders.
The Seychelles, Georgia, Estonia and Romania have additionally relaxed journey restrictions for residents from any nation with proof of vaccination.
Q. I’ve a vacation residence in Spain, but in addition do lots of motorcycle touring in Europe. This yr we have been planning to go to Romania, returning by way of Croatia. I perceive the brand new 90-day restrict doesn’t cowl these two nations. How will this work?
Mark Williams, by way of e-mail.
Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus and Romania (pictured) aren’t full Schengen Area members
A. The post-Brexit rule permits a complete of 90 days’ visa-free journey for tourism inside the Schengen Area of the European Union in any 180-day interval.
However, days spent in Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus and Romania aren’t subtracted from this allowance, as these nations aren’t full Schengen Area members.
Q. I’ve booked a world cruise for subsequent yr, however I do not need to go if there are restrictions equivalent to masks, social distancing, no self-service buffet and so forth. Can I declare my deposit again?
Mrs Jackie Morgan, by way of e-mail.
A. You have to test the phrases and situations of your reserving. If there’s a strict coverage, the corporate will regard your determination to not go as a ‘disinclination to journey’ and you’ll lose your deposit. Your case highlights the necessity now, greater than ever, to learn the small print earlier than reserving any vacation. See ‘Your flexible travel friends’ at dailymail.co.uk.
Q. Can you inform us the best way to rely the times of arrival and departure into/from the Schengen Area? For occasion, does the day of departure from Spain rely as a day within the space?
Mr and Mrs Ok. Weeks, by way of e-mail.
A. Every single day is counted as a part of the 90-day rule. If you might be unsure over a day, it’s best to imagine that it’s included as there are fines for transgressions. See gov.uk/visit-europe-1-january-2021.
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