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I feel I need to get away, I reserved a place in Kiev for a week in early August, I could've booked somewhere in the UK but the prices would be ridiculous.  Having to pay extra for PCR tests, the stress of having them sent off and received in time, wearing the mask at the airport and on the plane, and the possible long queues, is giving me second thoughts, need to book my flights soon as well, otherwise they will go up in price.  It's just annoying having to go over these extra hurdles, travelling is not exactly stress free at the best of times, it's either accept it, or don't go.  I suppose once you reach Kiev, you can relax a bit, though I believe you have to do an "express test" at the airport as well.  Any thoughts?

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3 hours ago, HaveACuppaTea said:

I feel I need to get away, I reserved a place in Kiev for a week in early August, I could've booked somewhere in the UK but the prices would be ridiculous.  Having to pay extra for PCR tests, the stress of having them sent off and received in time, wearing the mask at the airport and on the plane, and the possible long queues, is giving me second thoughts, need to book my flights soon as well, otherwise they will go up in price.  It's just annoying having to go over these extra hurdles, travelling is not exactly stress free at the best of times, it's either accept it, or don't go.  I suppose once you reach Kiev, you can relax a bit, though I believe you have to do an "express test" at the airport as well.  Any thoughts?

There's a possibility they'll make it illegal to travel again again.  That's just me blue skying, but I'm seeing whispers of futher lockdown talk - NOTHING firm yet..

It's all waffle anyway.   

If it was me I'd escape. 

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On 7/17/2021 at 4:15 PM, Steve Jabba said:

There's a possibility they'll make it illegal to travel again again.  That's just me blue skying, but I'm seeing whispers of futher lockdown talk - NOTHING firm yet..

It's all waffle anyway.   

If it was me I'd escape. 

I'm assuming you're in Kiev now?  What was the travel experience like at the airports, and getting your PCR test?

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Just now, HaveACuppaTea said:

I'm assuming you're in Kiev now?  What was the travel experience like at the airports, and getting your PCR test?

Going Wednesday.  Getting PCR tomorrow.  Fortunately the airport has setup an all in one facility, where I can get it done efficiently and speedily (I hope) - was a pain in the ass before.

Bulgaria was fine, but I got a little bit of a favourable deal with a kindly Bulgarian lady in the testing office.

In terms of airports, I've rather enjoyed it so far.  Hardly anyone there!  It's been nice but a bit creepy.

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15 minutes ago, Steve Jabba said:

Going Wednesday.  Getting PCR tomorrow.  Fortunately the airport has setup an all in one facility, where I can get it done efficiently and speedily (I hope) - was a pain in the ass before.

Bulgaria was fine, but I got a little bit of a favourable deal with a kindly Bulgarian lady in the testing office.

In terms of airports, I've rather enjoyed it so far.  Hardly anyone there!  It's been nice but a bit creepy.

Steve, what´s the process for entering any one of the EE countries you´ve been to lately?

Simply arrive at the airport, pay the fee and take the PCR test?

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Just now, RebelAgainstNWO said:

Steve, what´s the process for entering any one of the EE countries you´ve been to lately?

Simply arrive at the airport, pay the fee and take the PCR test?

No you take the PCR test BEFORE you arrive.  In your case, in Brazil.  Max is 72 hours before arrival, which is still possible unless you intend to circumnavigate the globe 1.5 times like a retarded Superman before arriving at your destination. 😄

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19 minutes ago, Steve Jabba said:

Going Wednesday.  Getting PCR tomorrow.  Fortunately the airport has setup an all in one facility, where I can get it done efficiently and speedily (I hope) - was a pain in the ass before.

Bulgaria was fine, but I got a little bit of a favourable deal with a kindly Bulgarian lady in the testing office.

In terms of airports, I've rather enjoyed it so far.  Hardly anyone there!  It's been nice but a bit creepy.

Hopefully it runs smoothly for you, as you're flying from Serbia it should be less convoluted.  Yeah, I remember going to Prague this time last year, weird being at Stansted with everyone wearing a mask and all the shops closed...apart from WHSMITH (though you didn't need a PCR test or quarantine back then).  It was like being in a bad Sci-Fi movie.

Well, keep us updated on how you get on.  I'm still in two minds about going.

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8 hours ago, FatBoatRace said:

Just had pcr. Very smooth. 10 minute job.

Kiev here we come. Assuming i'm not positive. 😆

How long you going for?  How much was the travel insurance (what company did you use?) What about for the PCR test coming back, do you know which medical firm you're going with?  (Sorry for all the questions, but I'm thinking of going in August).

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I went to Kiev for a week end of June this year and came back 05/07. Did a PCR test 72 hours before going, had to do fast-antigen test at the airport (was very smooth and cheap took 15 mins for results) and then did a PCR test 72 hours before leaving. I'd recommend ordering your PCR tests for when you're in the UK through Ryanair they seem the cheapest. 

You'll need health insurance which you can purchase here cheaply; https://visitukraine.today/.  I had a complete nightmare getting my test done prior to leaving Kiev trying to get into the airport when I wasn't flying that day. I highly recommend instead booking your test well in advance while in the comfort of the UK. Barely anyone speaks English at the airport and there was a complete jobsworth on security who wouldn't let people through without a Covid testing person being called and escorting me.

Steve isn't lying when he says the quality of the women in Kiev is out of this world. It makes Poland look like Scunthorpe. So I think it's worth the hassle and much better than going there in the Winter when it will be freezing and we'll probably be in another bullshit lockdown. 

Quarantine back in UK was a nonsense. Just a phone call every day for 10 days from someone from the NHS reading out a script about my obligations during the quarantine period. You'll have to buy at least your Day 2 and Day 8 tests prior to leaving Kyiv as the booking reference forms part of the Passenger Locator Form which is required to board.  Day 5 costs extra and I personally objected to the extra cost.

 

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53 minutes ago, Alomongerpete said:

I went to Kiev for a week end of June this year and came back 05/07. Did a PCR test 72 hours before going, had to do fast-antigen test at the airport (was very smooth and cheap took 15 mins for results) and then did a PCR test 72 hours before leaving. I'd recommend ordering your PCR tests for when you're in the UK through Ryanair they seem the cheapest. 

You'll need health insurance which you can purchase here cheaply; https://visitukraine.today/.  I had a complete nightmare getting my test done prior to leaving Kiev trying to get into the airport when I wasn't flying that day. I highly recommend instead booking your test well in advance while in the comfort of the UK. Barely anyone speaks English at the airport and there was a complete jobsworth on security who wouldn't let people through without a Covid testing person being called and escorting me.

Steve isn't lying when he says the quality of the women in Kiev is out of this world. It makes Poland look like Scunthorpe. So I think it's worth the hassle and much better than going there in the Winter when it will be freezing and we'll probably be in another bullshit lockdown. 

Quarantine back in UK was a nonsense. Just a phone call every day for 10 days from someone from the NHS reading out a script about my obligations during the quarantine period. You'll have to buy at least your Day 2 and Day 8 tests prior to leaving Kyiv as the booking reference forms part of the Passenger Locator Form which is required to board.  Day 5 costs extra and I personally objected to the extra cost.

 

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Hi,

Thanks a lot for the info, is the antigen test mandatory?  I've heard some people not having to do it (might be bullshit).  Do they escort you to the place where you have to take it?  What's the day 5 cost about?

I was going to ask if the Ukrainian women were receptive to your approaches, but I think I remember you saying you went with your girlfriend?  Good to know you were really impressed by the quality over there, and maybe I should take the opportunity while I can, because as you say, come Winter we might be in lockdown again.

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8 hours ago, HaveACuppaTea said:

Hi,

Thanks a lot for the info, is the antigen test mandatory?  I've heard some people not having to do it (might be bullshit).  Do they escort you to the place where you have to take it?  What's the day 5 cost about?

I was going to ask if the Ukrainian women were receptive to your approaches, but I think I remember you saying you went with your girlfriend?  Good to know you were really impressed by the quality over there, and maybe I should take the opportunity while I can, because as you say, come Winter we might be in lockdown again.

I believe for Brits the fast-antigen test on arrival is mandatory, yes. But they don't escort you to the place to take it and nobody checked I had, so you could likely get away with not taking it. It probably cost me less than £10. 

Day 5 cost is back in the UK and is known as "test-to-release" another £110 bill for a bullshit PCR test so you can leave your house after getting a negative result rather than stay in until Day 10. From what I am hearing it's extremely unlikely anyone will be knocking at your door or tracking your phone, so leaving the house is unlikely to be a problem and if you don't pick up their phone calls everyday it's not an issue.

Yes, I was in Kyiv with my gf. Lovely girl but I'm now single so might go back in Sept haha

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