Agree. There won't be any form of honest or realistic connection between a country's actual Covid problems and the restrictions placed on them, only their economic importance/impact on the UK economy or any cosy reciprocal agreements - and their location in terms of where politicians and their backers like to disguise their activities. Portugal is Britain's oldest ally - but you would never know it by the way we treat them at times. I only ever saw one example of Portugal being difficult and that was in relation to British Military aircraft overflights - in a former, much earlier, life. That difficulty was, I suspect, only to avoid annoying the Spanish any more than necessary when those aircraft were headed for places like Gibraltar. At the time no British Military aircraft were permitted overflight of Spain if headed for quite a few destinations. Portugal doesn't seem to mind annoying the Spanish at times but their life could be made very difficult if all the land borders got closed.Well the weather in North Devon since 21st June has been variable, to put it mildly, more wet than dry and just come out the other end of a 5 day consecutive period of rain !! Campsite is packed and advance bookings show no let up until mid-September. As far as I am concerned, the FCO are only ‘Advising’ against travel to certain European destinations and not actually implementing a travel ban, so my ferry is booked to Spain on 7th October and unless they cancel it I for one will be on it. This quarantine stuff is just a farce anyway, nobody is checking on the thousands that are returning via any of the Airports, Sea Ports or Channel Tunnel, this latest Quarantine business is not, in my opinion, related to Covid, it is purely a ‘Political’ decision. Coincidence that the quarantine came in on Saturday just two days before negotiations between Spanish and British diplomats on the future relationship with Gibraltar ? Portugal, one of the lowest infected Countries throughout the Pandemic is still not on the ‘Safe List’ of Countries to travel to, only a spike in infections in one City (Lisbon) but deterring Brits from travelling there, and we are not talking just Motorhomers, is hitting their tourism and associated businesses very hard but if you research what we import from Portugal and the impact that that will have on their economy if Tarrifs are added, which may entail us not importing as much and looking elsewhere, is quite surprising. So my conspiracy theory is still that this is all ‘Political’ and not primarily associated to Covid. The threat to impose Quarantine for France & Germany is continuing to be raised, but compare their level of infections against the UK’s, does not add up ? Looking on the short term impact, UK gains financially by people staycationing which is not a bad thing, but long term.........?
As far as the quarantine is concerned, the UK government has neither the confidence or respect of a major portion of the population, nor has it the Policing capability necessary to ensure ANY of the political trumpeting of prevention measures is ever enforced.
As a comment on the number of UK Staycationers: My brother lives near the eastern Lincolnshire coast and told me yesterday he has never in his life seen so many caravans and motorhomes on the road near him. I guess it's a sort of UK economy boost, especially if you can frighten the Club Med lot into going to see Alan in Cornwall. ......... and maybe the overspill into North Devon
Currently 25 miles south of Dieppe, a 6pm sailing tomorrow and NO idea exactly what paperwork we will require. DFDS don't actually say if the UK health declaration is required BEFORE entry into UK, or within 48 hours of entry............. Lost in translation? Who knows. Tomorrow will tell.
Ramblin' Rose: They lied! it's after 7pm and still just a percentage point under 30C, forecast 37C for tomorrow. Please the Lord there's no sailing delay - and no awkward Customs/Immigration officials. Think I might develop a tactical cough.
If it's not teaching Granny, etc, have a look at this:
Surrounded by French plus the odd Dutch/Belgique, one Brit and one Fulltiming, Spain-bound Brit, all on a tiny village Aire. Several locals are treating it as a full blown campsite.
One last run at cheap(ish) Le Clerc fuel and booze tomorrow, then a final run to get the old girl back to the UK (not Pat, the motorhome) for the long-expired MOT.
Stay safe, everyone.