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I've been watching the thread started by She57 with interest because we're getting ready to drive back to Italy in the next couple of weeks and I think! we know what we need to do.

Fri, 09/03/2021 - 06:09

Hello  Has anything changed with notifying the Agenzia delle Entrate about the "Dichiarazione sostitutiva relativa al canone di abbonamento alla televisione per uso privato"?

Sun, 05/30/2021 - 06:03

Hello  We're checking out travel restrictions for car travel from Italy to the UK but are having trouble establishing exactly if we can make a stay overnight in Germany before travelling onto France without needing to quarantine.

Tue, 12/22/2020 - 11:33

How much does it cost to send the declaration of no TV in home to the Agenzia delle Entrate?  This might sound like a strange question but for the last 2 years an Italian friend has taken my signed declaration and posted this to the Agenzia on my

Thu, 12/10/2020 - 08:13

Hi Can anyone recommend methods or products to clean and brighten limestone windowsills?  In my two photos you can see the dark staining next to the gold window frame and also the effect caused by part being behind the wooden shutters/part exposed

Thu, 10/15/2020 - 03:37

Has anyone installed their own air-conditioning?  Do we need special permissions or can we purchase our own unit and install it ourselves?

Sun, 08/30/2020 - 16:20

Not a question this time but a quick update on our car journey back to the UK.  The roads through Italy, Switzerland, Belgium and France all seemed fairly quiet and fast running with our only delays being getting through the Dartford Tunnel and on

Wed, 08/26/2020 - 09:49

Hello  can you tell me what the translation is for undercoat paint?  we're painting over wood and think we're better off starting with an undercoat (rather than needing to do 5 layers of top coat like I've done in the past)?

Mon, 08/17/2020 - 07:15

I have a question on keeping fields/grass cut down in order to avoid fire risk.  I know that our fields are growing very nicely right now and we have contacted someone to cut down the fields when they are able.

Fri, 05/15/2020 - 10:02

Hello  I'm getting into the swing of paying all the bills and taxes for my house (I'm non-resident) however I've got a question on the frequency of the ETRA water bills.   

Sat, 02/22/2020 - 05:30

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Wed, 10/27/2021 - 23:45

Hi looking at the Driving Abroad section on www.gov.uk it does seem to suggest that you might need a 1968 IDP for France and Italy to go with your paper licence.

Sun, 10/24/2021 - 15:34

Hi Alan  It sounds like you enjoyed your trip, even though it was a short one.  We'll be returning to the UK soon and are hoping that after the winter and by next Spring the Covid situation will be more 'managed' and we can travel more easily. 

Sun, 09/26/2021 - 11:58

We haven't been to any museums, cinemas or on public transport so haven't experienced Green Pass requirements there but here's what we've found so far.

Shops, supermarkets everyone has a mask on.  Outdoor markets seem to be a mix of masks and no-masks.

Ikea - masks on, no checks at all.  We did have to show our NHS app (second barcode all ready to show - thanks She57) to get into the Ikea cafe (€1 coffee and bun :) ).

Restaurants, 3 so far, 1 wanted nothing at all, 1 took our name and phone number, 3rd restaurant had a big sign saying Green Pass Obligatory ... then didn't ask for anything. Haven't been asked for anything in coffee shops. 

Seems like the government is saying one thing whilst the businesses are trying to keep as much custom as they can.

Mon, 09/13/2021 - 15:08

No we didn't pre-book bcos we thought/knew that the larger towns would have instant tests and it turned out to be so.

We were told that the Pharmacie San Nicolas in the centre of Colmar did Covid tests and it worked out well.

No booking needed and opening times were approx 8.30am - 7/8.00pm week days and some hrs on a Saturday (not sure of times).

The info we provided them with was name, address, DOB, phone number, email address.

The Covid testing is actually carried out in a small wooden hut right outside the pharmacy and just so you know only involved one nostril being swabbed!  (Better than throat and nostrils!) 

It's been quite a few years since we've been in Colmar. It was good to see it again and I think we'll start taking longer with our journeys so we can see more of these places.

We'll be here for a few weeks so I'm not going to be checking the testing requirements for returning to the UK until closer to then because I do think there will be changes in what we need to do.

Mon, 09/13/2021 - 10:45

Well we rejigged our plans, made the long drive and we're here in sunny 33° Italy.

At Eurotunnel French passport control date-stamped the passports and asked if we were double vaccinated, we said yes and that was that part done.

Checked into a Strasbourg hotel, needed to wear a mask but no other questions or requirements.

Went into Colmar centre to take a Covid test. I've attached a photo of the pharmacy we used - actually can't attach a photo, don't know why. 

Pharmacy was Pharmacie San Nicolas in the centre, close to the town hall.

€25 each, antigen test, 20 mins or so, results given on paper copy and email.

Bought the Swiss vignette, no other questions asked there.

At the Italian border point at Chiasso we were simply waved through.

Mon, 09/13/2021 - 10:29

And do you still need a DVLA code for the car hire?

Sun, 09/12/2021 - 13:59

Thanks Clueless.  I wonder if the requirement to let the Town Hall (or some other body) know when we have arrived in Italt will continue after the Covid requirements have gone.

Sat, 09/11/2021 - 07:36

Hi I've seen there's a requirement to contact the local Covid Helpline on arrival in Italy.

To the people who have already travelled to Italy, do they simply record your name and address in Italy?  Do they ask for any other details?

"Everyone arriving in Italy must also call the COVID-19 helpline for the region you are travelling within 48 hours of arrival, to inform them of your visit".


Tue, 09/07/2021 - 13:33

Ah yes you're right - I didn't think through the change of Tunnel time. 

Tue, 09/07/2021 - 08:32

Hi Alan Now thinking of mid-day eurotunnel to Calais, drive to Nancy, take test in pharmacy, drive on to somewhere like Colmar (so couple more hours down the road).  Stay overnight in Colmar then long drive to house (arriving before nightfall).

There seems to be mutterings (might remain just as mutterings) about changing the test requirements for re-entry to the UK which would make things easier.

From the info She57 posted about getting tested in Bologna and from another visitor I know who took the test in Padova taking the test to come home seems fairly straightforward, not too expensive and easy to access.  Fingers crossed that it remains so when the time comes!