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Old 7th Feb 2021, 09:38
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I seem to remember way back in the early 70,s or late 60,s having to declare what money you were taking out, indeed I seem to remember it being written in your Passport at the time
That strikes a chord from my dim and distant past ..... wasn't it maximum £50 and it had to be declared on a 'V' form stamped in one's passport?

All the best for your travels and please stay safe.
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Old 7th Feb 2021, 12:01
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Originally Posted by PAXboy View Post
This was an inevitability:

Europol warns against fake Covid certificates
Coronavirus Global Update Europol says criminals are selling fake negative Covid test certificates, allowing people to avoid travel bans.
I gather from a reliable source that it's been going on for some time.

Late last autumn/early winter I gather some passengers were presenting gate staff at a UK airport with fake certificates in an attempt to get on flights out of the UK.
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Old 7th Feb 2021, 18:10
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Originally Posted by Alsacienne View Post
That strikes a chord from my dim and distant past ..... wasn't it maximum £50 and it had to be declared on a 'V' form stamped in one's passport?

All the best for your travels and please stay safe.
Indeed - and you had to grovel to your bank to get it. It was the foundation of the modern sun 'n sand business out of the UK tho as if you paid for "all inclusive" the £ 50 was just spending money. Mrs T abolished it on her 2nd or 3rd day in office (to cries of horror) IIRC
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Old 8th Feb 2021, 00:09
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I certainly remember going to the bank with passport and cheque book to get Deutsche Marks around 1975 on my first solo trip to Europe.

On the matter of returning to the UK. My South African friend who had scraped out under the closing gate before Christmas, got back in last week! Now doing her two weeks isolation although she will be working from home during that.

Having filled in the form online for Lufthansa, for the transit at FRA, on arrival at CPT the airport wanted their OWN form to be filled in as well. She had already filled in the online forms for the UK and printed them just in case. On arrival at LHR T2, she was asked if she had filled in the forms. When she said, "Yes" they did not want to see them. She supposes that their thinking was - she would not have got that far without having filled in the forms and having the test.

Who knows?!!
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Old 8th Feb 2021, 11:45
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Interesting going through DXB, in that as I show up as a dual national I was asked which passport I wanted to use if I had both with me. The officer kindly said it may be useful to use my Swiss one if I had it with me therefore not having a UAE entry on my UK one upon my return to the UK. Not quite the spirit of the pandemic, but the Rumanian gentleman behind me was offered the same who had just come from LHR so appears to be pretty standard request. Good to hear that I was right re the old cash values in passport, as a number of you have confirmed. I understand it is about money laundering but after years of flying that is the first time I have ever been asked that question. I thought Brexit maybe bringing yet another benefit not.

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Old 13th Feb 2021, 15:23
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This reported in The Guardian

UK immigration officials 'have had no information' about hotel quarantine
Border staff not briefed about even basics of Covid protection system starting on Monday, says union

Immigration officials expected to enforce a mandatory quarantine intended to protect the UK from new coronavirus variants have not been briefed on even the basics about how the system will work, little more than 48 hours before it begins, the Guardian has been told.

The Immigration Services Union (ISU), which represents many of the Home Office’s immigration officers, said that before the start on Monday of the new policy, staff had not been told if they would be expected to check for arrivals who had not properly declared their status, or when and how those obliged to quarantine would be taken to hotels.

“They’ve had no information at all,” said Lucy Moreton, the general secretary of the ISU. “They can watch the media, read statements from ministers, but that’s pretty much it.”
This was reported on Friday and the govt have lots of time over the weekend to make sure all staff are fully briefed before Monday 05:00.
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Old 14th Feb 2021, 10:21
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Some relations of a friend of mine travelled, rather cheekily, from London to Austria via Switzerland yesterday. No questions at any stage, apparently
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Old 16th Feb 2021, 08:22
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Flight Global magazine report:
IATA health passport app to roll out with 20 airlines

Around 20 airlines will from March begin trialing an IATA app that allows passengers to securely store and share the Covid-19 vaccine and test records they need to travel internationally.

The industry body announced its digital health passport in November, and believes it will be a vital tool in convincing governments to unlock their borders and allowing “seamless” journeys as flying picks up again.

IATA is working at “full capacity” to roll out the Travel Pass and talking to “30 to 40” other carriers about adopting its “digital platform for passengers”, says head of passenger and security products, Alan Hayden.

IATA is not marketing the product directly to consumers, but rather encouraging airlines to incorporate the technology into their own customer apps. It will contain information on what tests, vaccines and other measures passengers require before travel to various destinations; a means of recording their health status; and, importantly, an internationally-consistent and simple way of conveying that to airline and immigration officials.

IATA’s is one of several similar initiatives where an app effectively serves as a health passport. They include CommonPass, which is backed by the Rockerfeller Foundation and was tested at London’s Heathrow Airport late last year.
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