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post #211 of 311 (permalink) Old 19-03-2020, 14:51
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Friends in their camper have just crossed into France heading home with no checks whatever. No police assumed they were all at lunch.
They were in the Costas and actually live in the Vienne. So a lot of scaremongering although I did see on France 24 up to 4000 people have been fined for not having the correct document on them.

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also been published in the UK. I suspect people have been fined 'cos they are going out with no real justification, or without completed forms, and the vast majority (if not all) would be French.
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Just phoned the Consulate in Madrid. Long wait but I was assured that, if the campsite closes the shower block and has no other communal facilities where people may congregate, it will be allowed to stay open and we should be fine to stay if we want to.

If we do decide to set off for home we should not be prevented from so doing as long as we are in possession of an attestation to the effect that we are going to our permanent place of residence.

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That's great news! Have the campsite owners had any response to their enquiry about staying open Pat. I suspect that's the important response.

Have you any sense yet of what you might do if both options are open to you?
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Just phoned the Consulate in Madrid. Long wait but I was assured that, if the campsite closes the shower block and has no other communal facilities where people may congregate, it will be allowed to stay open and we should be fine to stay if we want to.

If we do decide to set off for home we should not be prevented from so doing as long as we are in possession of an attestation to the effect that we are going to our permanent place of residence.

I cannot tell you how grateful Chris and I are for all the help and support you lot are giving us.

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While that is great news and certainly the British Consulate should know about whether travelling is possible and how to go about it I'd be a bit doubtful that they could speak with confidence as to what each of the Spanish Authorities would say about the site staying open.

It's perfectly possible that the Consulate might talk to a Central office and be told what they told you while your site owner might speak to a regional, or even a local office and get the opposite answer. In Spain rules and interpretations often vary between the autonomous communities and Central Government and also frequently from region to region.

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Have just arrived at our next aire, just outside Bourges. It’s empty.
No one checked our atestation all the way up. Plus no one took any notice of us coming thru the border yesterday.
I think it is important to have something that shows your final destination in our case a ticket on eurotunnel. Don’t travel on spec book something first
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Good advice Pete. We do have a Eurotunnel booking which I have moved once. It is set for 3rd April now but can, I assume, be moved again.

Jean and Alan we are still mindful of the local adjudication. It crossed my mind that some people might not like campsites and may take every opportunity to scupper their business. Hotels have been forced to close and that will rankle with them if campsites remain open. Campsite owner is still awaiting the verdict.

I went on the Facebook page for the consulate and there were posts on there from independent travellers who drove here in cars with their pet dog etc. With hotels all closed and no hope of flying home they were, understandably, concerned.

We are having a break from worrying for a day or so before we decide what to do. One concern is how bad things are back home. Facebook posts from friends make it look like world war three in the supermarkets. Then we have to consider that Spain's curve should flatten soon while the UK's curve has yet to peak making Spain a possibly safer environment.
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I'm fairly sure we're a good deal better off here in rural Spain than we would be at home.

Though I don't know what shopping here would be like. We're leaving that as long as possible. We normally shop once a week but we did it twice last week, and we always have a freezer full in the van's fridge freezer. It's American so the freezer is big and we reckon now that we could manage for maybe another three weeks. I am short of beer, but Mrs Eb has keeps a fair few bottles of wine. Overall we're pretty well fixed and content enough. Spent an hour with the dogs in the campo behind us here and didn't see anyone.
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I'm fairly sure we're a good deal better off here in rural Spain than we would be at home.

Though I don't know what shopping here would be like. We're leaving that as long as possible. We normally shop once a week but we did it twice last week, and we always have a freezer full in the van's fridge freezer. It's American so the freezer is big and we reckon now that we could manage for maybe another three weeks. I am short of beer, but Mrs Eb has keeps a fair few bottles of wine. Overall we're pretty well fixed and content enough. Spent an hour with the dogs in the campo behind us here and didn't see anyone.
Running short of booze will be the real test! WTF will we do? Never mind bog roll or pasta I think we need to start a thread about making moonshine.

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I have a cunning plan Baz. There's pub next door. It's all closed up but it was stocked for it's busiest time of year. The owner is a friend of mine. I'm sure a bit of a bulk purchase could be arranged.
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I have a cunning plan Baz. There's pub next door. It's all closed up but it was stocked for it's busiest time of year. The owner is a friend of mine. I'm sure a bit of a bulk purchase could be arranged.
See if you can just get one of the pumps and a couple of barrels off him. Set up your own bar in the RV. Or failing that to avoid contact just run a hose from one of the pumps into the van and text him when you need another pint. Just make sure you use a food grade hose and not the one you use for the bog.
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