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You are not limited as to how long you can stay in Ireland Baz. The west abd south coasts are fabulous, even if the weather often isn't.

But it may be that with the continent closed off Ireland could become overrun. I hope not as that might lead to the introduction of restrictions which would be an awful pity.
I used to visit a lot Alan many moons ago so know parts of it very well. We have often pondered going in the van but the pull of the continent for a long trip has always been too much. It might be one to consider for the future though. You could do an early summer spring couple of months in Ireland and then hop down to France from there for three months in Europe.
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I've not read through all the 10 pages of this thread but I think I've got the drift. The answer though is very simple - don't go to the EU. You won't have to worry about what to take or not, to prove you've been vaccinated and so on. This country has so much more to offer so stay here! Simple really.
As the original poster I'm going to take you seriously, for a moment, though that's probably a mistake. Why on earth would I choose not to go to the EU because of an inconvenience? Irritating though the totally unnecessary* restrictions are, for me they are far outweighed by the benefits. I'm not going to bother to list all these, and they would vary for individuals, but I would ask you to point me in the direction of any area of 'this country' where French is the language spoken. One major draw for us for spending time in France is to try to practice speaking French and to try to improve our (not very good) understanding of spoken French.

Anyone travelling now in their caravan or motorhome to the EU will have to adjust what they normally do about taking, and bringing back, any food. They may feel this adjustment is easy and not of much consequence or they might find it a major inconvenience, but it's not likely to stop them going. I thought it was well worth asking others what their approach might be to this change in circumstances.

My question was not particularly meant to knock Brexit (though God knows there's enough justification for that). It was purely a attempt to seek practical solutions to a new motorhoming problem. I thought that was what many people thought there should be more posts about on MHFacts.


* My only political point here. Pre-Brexit such restrictions were unnecessary, but I acknowledge that given that 'Brexit is done' the rules are different.


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I've not read through all the 10 pages of this thread but I think I've got the drift. The answer though is very simple - don't go to the EU. You won't have to worry about what to take or not, to prove you've been vaccinated and so on. This country has so much more to offer so stay here! Simple really.
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But it may be that with the continent closed off Ireland could become overrun. I hope not as that might lead to the introduction of restrictions which would be an awful pity.
That's what I'm afraid of!
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So we have to buy French milk, not cuppa until you hit the shops, memsahib will not be happy at that, and where do you dispose of the nasty unhealthy disease-ridden good old British milk?
Kev: Make up a flask and stow it with your bottles. I doubt it would be noticed. We always take a flask of coffee so we can have it when in the tunnel.

Penguin/Ray/Others who live in France: Have you come across decaffeinated teabags in France? I don't drink tea but Mrs GMJ can only use decaff.

In terms of the wider discussion regarding taking stuff, we will take what we normally take and accept that if stopped we will lose it. Plan B would then be stopping at a supermarket first stop which will add an hour to our day. Is there a food supermarket at the City of Europe?

My understanding is that it affects 'raw' foods and not processed or cooked foods...but am happy to be corrected on this if wrong. We always take 6-7 pre cooked meals in our freezer - stuff that I have made prior to leaving home (bolognaise, chilli, lasagne, curry etc) so I hope they will be OK. We also carry 7-8 dough balls for our pizza maker plus some sausages and black pudding for a fry up one day...but I'm guessing they would be under threat if caught.
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Re decaffeinated tea bags, Mrs W will have a look -we are not sure.

Don't think it's just raw as ham is, of course, cooked and we have seen that being stopped.
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I can't answer about decaffeinated tea as never looked. Sorry but will search the foreign shelves next time.

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Kev: Make up a flask and stow it with your bottles. I doubt it would be noticed. We always take a flask of coffee so we can have it when in the tunnel.

Penguin/Ray/Others who live in France: Have you come across decaffeinated teabags in France? I don't drink tea but Mrs GMJ can only use decaff.

In terms of the wider discussion regarding taking stuff, we will take what we normally take and accept that if stopped we will lose it. Plan B would then be stopping at a supermarket first stop which will add an hour to our day. Is there a food supermarket at the City of Europe?

My understanding is that it affects 'raw' foods and not processed or cooked foods...but am happy to be corrected on this if wrong. We always take 6-7 pre cooked meals in our freezer - stuff that I have made prior to leaving home (bolognaise, chilli, lasagne, curry etc) so I hope they will be OK. We also carry 7-8 dough balls for our pizza maker plus some sausages and black pudding for a fry up one day...but I'm guessing they would be under threat if caught.


I think I'd just put a few tea bags in with the towels.
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That may be a short term answer, but finding out may be a better, more assured long term answer rather than risking confiscation and frustration.

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