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Coronavirus and charters 08 Mar 2020 10:36 #114260

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it is a pandomy, which means that we are once again on the earth with "2 feet", "how vulnerable" we are...

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Coronavirus and charters 07 Mar 2020 16:51 #114257

If I had a boat charter/hire business, I'd be plugging the 'Get away from it all' benefits. I might be checking where people come from, mind!

Pete

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Coronavirus and charters 07 Mar 2020 14:53 #114256

Let's see how things develop. This is a meeting of only 2-3 dozen pepole and I think we can safely rely on our French friends to do what is right and sensible under the circumstances at the time. Paul's point was directed at what I assume is or will be his livelihood, and this will no doubt also be the central concern of the participants from the French commercial leisure boating fraternity.

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Coronavirus and charters 07 Mar 2020 12:36 #114255

As there appears to be a 'cluster' of infections in the Haut-Rhin Mulhouse area I'd think they need to find another venue for their conference. Or video-conference.

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Coronavirus and charters 07 Mar 2020 11:24 #114254

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Coronavirus and charters 07 Mar 2020 10:46 #114253

Hello Paul

With the situation developing almost daily everywhere, including France, it's difficult to make any firm predictions. Personally I would err on the side of caution charter-wise until things become clearer, though if you're not yet familiar with the French waterways, you can of course enjoy some leisurely cruising on the network. Just check out VNF's website (and DBA CLU reports) in advance for planned and unplanned closures.

Still some way off, in relative terms, recognising the speed at which the Corona situation is changing, but the Association pour le Développement et la Promotion du Tourisme Fluvial, which includes major hire boat companies and other commercial waterway interests in France, holds its AGM in Strasbourg on Wed. 01 April. DBA will be represented, and Covid-19 is bound to be a major discussion topic, no doubt with trade views and updates on the possible effects on the waterborne tourist industry.

Pete Milne and Bob Marsland have provided some very helpful info. with links, so keep checking VNF and other official outlets for the latest news.

Pete Clark

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Coronavirus and charters 06 Mar 2020 12:32 #114230

Hi, did you already apply for your charter vignette from VNF ?

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Coronavirus and charters 06 Mar 2020 09:47 #114224

Your poor cousins across the Tasman don’t have any reciprocal agreements in Europe, only for the UK.
So as has been said earlier it’s too risky for us to chance ending up in ICU

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Coronavirus and charters 06 Mar 2020 07:23 #114222

Chris Rowling wrote: Australia and Netherlands Belgium Germany have reciprocal health care agreements


SmartTraveller doesn't have Germany listed as one of our reciprocal partners Chris. Otherwise, all the other info including the opinion about ICU health care is spot on.

Ian

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Coronavirus and charters 06 Mar 2020 03:21 #114221

Hi Paul

Australia and Netherlands Belgium Germany have reciprocal health care agreements. So travel to these countries is not financially risky however France does not so I expect most of us travelling to France will cancel rather than try and get across the border should we become febrile.

Already some of the travel insurance companies in Oz are declaring pandemic despite the low numbers affected and WHO not having done so.

(Being sick and seeing a doctor in France is cheap in comparison to Oz but being in ICU and/or on a ventilator and/or in isolation is expensive everywhere including France)

Regards
Chris

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Coronavirus and charters 05 Mar 2020 23:27 #114218

> I was wondering how the Coronavirus is affecting the charter barge bookings this season in France?

Judging by the number of "special offer" emails I'm getting from charter companies based in France, quite seriously.

Peter

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Coronavirus and charters 05 Mar 2020 22:45 #114217

Not just for the waterways, but good advice for everyone, from the New Scientist magazine

What you need to know to prepare for a covid-19 pandemic

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Coronavirus and charters 05 Mar 2020 21:21 #114215

well we have booked out rickets. May - september and June - august
it is going to hit everywhere
and airlines will be quite flexible
KLM/Airfrance just announced ticket holders can change their tickets in March for free, or get a full credit for future travel
this is just for March....they will update for April later this month

Yes I have plenty to do at home too , and selling the US based boat, but no frellin virus is intimidating me
We do NOT negotiate with viruses
( I did got to stay 2 weeks longer last year because of my hernia Operation in Zaandam....great service ...the surgeon removed even some fat after finding out I complained about me being 'fat' during the intake )
And Delta, changed my ticket without any fees,
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Coronavirus and charters 05 Mar 2020 20:59 #114214

Some truth in that Pete!
Wide open spaces beat crowds any day.
However for us to risk traveling with no medical insurance cover would be financial suicide.
Plenty to do at home renovating after 13 years away.

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Coronavirus and charters 05 Mar 2020 18:41 #114210

It may well be safer afloat in the French countryside than staying at home in a city - wherever in the world!

Pete
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Coronavirus and charters 05 Mar 2020 12:02 #114191

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Hi, Hope you get over next year.
Jen and Paul

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Coronavirus and charters 05 Mar 2020 12:01 #114190

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Hi Thanks for your reply. We are in the Netherlands right now and moving towards France "before they close the boarders".
Just our luck that this virus comes in our first year of charter.
Jen and Paul

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Coronavirus and charters 05 Mar 2020 11:16 #114185

Paul Lowther wrote: Hello everyone, I was wondering how the Coronavirus is affecting the charter barge bookings this season in France? Its not very bad here but it does not make the news very often so hard to gage.
Does anyone have any concrete knowledge? Are bookings being cancelled?


Hello Paul,

You don't mention where 'here' is when you say "Its not very bad here..."

We have recently ceased our charter business with La Chouette but have heard from one operator that bookings have already been cancelled because of Coronavirus.

Attached is information for charter barge operators issued recently by VNF under the following message:

Actions des Pouvoirs Publics concernant le Coronavirus - information pour les compagnies de transport de passager

Bonjour,

Dans le cadre des actions de lutte contre le coronavirus, vous trouverez ci-joint les affiches d’information à destination de vos passagers.
Je vous invite donc à les afficher à bord de vos bateaux.
Cordialement


Catherine Ramette, Assistante Aménagement-Tourisme
Voies navigables de France
Direction territoriale Nord – Pas-de-Calais
SDVE/CAT


Best wishes,

Bob

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Coronavirus and charters 05 Mar 2020 08:56 #114183

Well we are not chartering, but have cancelled our flights from NZ for this summer on our boat after we were advised that insurance would not cover us for the Coronavirus.
Hoping it will all blow over and we can get over next year.

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Coronavirus and charters 04 Mar 2020 18:08 #114173

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Hello everyone, I was wondering how the Coronavirus is affecting the charter barge bookings this season in France? Its not very bad here but it does not make the news very often so hard to gage.
Does anyone have any concrete knowledge? Are bookings being cancelled?

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