Did the booze cruise ship sink? The Holiday Guru answers readers’ questions about Brexit and Covid travel
Booze cruise ship sunk and how can you get a Covid test result and fill out a location form if you don’t have a smartphone and have partial vision? Answers to Readers’ Travel Questions
The Holiday Guru is always available to answer your questions.
This week, he tells one reader how much duty-free or undeclared alcohol and tobacco they can bring to the UK, and helps another who is planning a family holiday to the Canary Islands.
Q. What are the new alcohol and tobacco allocations? Gov.uk He says I can bring 18 liters of wine and 250g of tobacco / 200 cigarettes. I assume this is the tax-free allowance. But what is the bonus if the goods are bought from local stores where VAT / taxes have been paid?
David Bennett, by email.
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A. You are allowed 18 liters of wine (not sparkling wine), 42 liters of beer, 4 liters of spirits and 9 liters of fortified wine such as port / sherry (or sparkling wine). You can also bring 200 cigarettes, 100 cigarillos, 50 cigars, 250 g of tobacco or 200 sticks of electronic cigarettes. Anything beyond this must be reported duty paid on all items whether local taxes have already been paid or not.
Before Brexit, the EU’s allocation of alcohol / tobacco for personal use was unlimited. Now Britain is a “third country”, the franchise is back, where it is sold at airports, ferry ports and train stations, but in limited quantities. It is also possible to claim back tax on goods over € 100 (£ 86) in other stores.
Q. My partner and I are fully vaccinated and we want to go to the Canary Islands with our 14-year-old daughter. Do any of us, including our daughter (not vaccinated), require a test before going? Will either of us need a test before we go back? Will any of us have to isolate ourselves when we return? What tests are necessary when we have returned and do we have to reserve them?
Mark Billington, by email.
A. You and your partner will need to show proof of being fully vaccinated through the NHS app or a printed version showing the dates of your vaccinations. Your daughter will need to undergo a negative PCR test within 72 hours of travel to appear at the registry. Neither of you will need to take a test before going home.
The Guru informs a reader about the testing requirements of the Canary Islands
However, everyone will have had to book a Covid test before the “second day” back. See ‘International Travel Rule Changes’ on gov.uk. See also hellocanaryislands.com.
Q. My husband is visually impaired, does not have a smartphone, and cannot use a computer. How do you get a Covid travel test result and fill out a passenger location form?
Joyce Grant, by email
A. Unfortunately, it is not easy. Seek help from a hotel receptionist or other overseas contact and get printed copies to show officials. Good luck.
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