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Entering France - don't get excited yet. 22 Apr 2020 16:56 #115478

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The whole Schengen concept seems to be on ice at the moment so there is not much advantage in being inside Schengen vrs outside Schengen. most countries are only allowing their citizens and legal residents cross borders unless you are an essential worker. Czech Republic said this week that its border would be closed for a year. No idea when the schengen travel area might come back.

I am in Gozo, Malta and my boat is in the Netherlands. I will need Italy to open up for through transit and also France or Germany in order to be able to drive to the boat even if they do decide to operate the bridges in Freisland. At the moment I cannot even get off tiny Gozo to the main island of Malta.

In addition to a vaccine which might be a long way off there could be an effective therapeutic drug developed which might be a lot sooner than waiting for a vaccine. So perhaps we might get back to normal before a vaccine is developed.

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Entering France - don't get excited yet. 22 Apr 2020 15:51 #115475

Paul Hayes wrote: Cuckoo calling and nightingale in the dark hours 😁


Same here (Germany) - couldn't sleep a wink! :(

I agree with Chris (return to Eu most likely determined by greater of Schengen restrictions and when governments deem travel safe again - late this year or more likely next year).

IMHO both will (should) depend on keeping the Reproduction factor consistently below 1.0 for an appreciable period of time.

France 24 reported yesterday : -
"Almost all flights to France from outside the Schengen zone have been suspended, French Transport and Environment Minister Elisabeth Borne said on Tuesday.
French President Emmanuel Macron described the battle against Covid-19 as a "war" in a March 16 address in which he announced that all trips between non-European countries and EU countries will be suspended for 30 days.
Borne’s announcement comes just days after that initial 30-day period expired.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has also said the bloc's Schengen zone should suspend all non-essential travel."

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Entering France - don't get excited yet. 22 Apr 2020 14:11 #115467

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Chris

No offense, I was thinking I might have caused you some

I Should use more 🙂's

Weather in SJdL gorgeous again, nicely warm with blue sunny skies. About 24C at 2 pm.

Cuckoo calling and nightingale in the dark hours 😁

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Entering France - don't get excited yet. 22 Apr 2020 13:49 #115466

Hi Paul

Yes it was all useful information and my comment was due to my jealousy, apologies if I offended. Sitting here in social isolation dreaming of the boat and European waterways is hard too. I expect social isolation on a boat is not easy.

I expect return to Eu will be determined by the greater of Schengen restrictions and when our governments deem travel there will be safe again. They seem to be indicating here that will be late this year or more likely next year.

Maybe if a successful immunisation is developed and produced travel may be able to restart. Just dreamin'...

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Entering France - don't get excited yet. 21 Apr 2020 09:34 #115404

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Hi Chris

Thanks for your reply, I wasn't trying to say "I'm alright Jack".

I just think that it's very early for those wanting to come into the country from outside the Schengen Zone to get excited.

It's, if, and that is a big if, the waterways are opened for "leasure boating" in May

There's so many things that could delay opening, not least of all employee safety.

As I understand things at the moment, and it will probably carry on way after the end of May, the only people being let in the country are citizens and those who can prove "perminent residence".

I'm not trying to preach but, I can assure anyone thinking that a having a few port invoices, is far from enough proof of habitation. As we and other "boat people" have had to jump through many different hoops to be classified as such, no easy method.

So remain hopeful, but don't book air tickets yet.
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Entering France - don't get excited yet. 21 Apr 2020 09:11 #115400

hi Paul

But for those like you already in France, the VNF may be allowed to reopen 29 May if the 11 May restart holds. (Let us hope the French behave well and do not have a second wave due to their dislike of authority/restriction). And let us hope Jean Castex is allowed to do a good job with the deconfinement with minimal social media/political meddling.


La réouverture du réseau notamment de petit gabarit à la navigation touristique et de plaisance est reprogrammée à partir du 29 mai prochain, si la période de déconfinement débute le 11 mai prochain (VNF Covid-19 link).


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Chris

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Entering France - don't get excited yet. 21 Apr 2020 06:26 #115396

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I think that this is the correct place for this post, Admin, please move it if necessary. Thank you.

The French Primminister spoke for 2 hours on national TV. I'm not going to try to replicate much of what he said.

This from an English language newspaper.

During a two-hour televised address, Mr Philippe said he was unsure that air travel could, "resume quickly under good conditions", and expressed doubts about any, "conditions of entry or re-entry" to France, which he predicted would be, "quite demanding for those arriving from abroad".

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