Its 4am and the alarm goes off, now there is only one reason I would dream of getting up at such an ungodly hour, and yep this is it …. I HAVE A PLANE TO CATCH!
I decided back in September that as I am able to work from home and also in a position to take the 2 week quarantine period that grabbing a sneaky week to Egypt would cost me, I was good to go. I had a quick chat with the team about my intentions, a mix of work and leisure, and received lots of support for what I wanted to do, so the flights were booked.
I was due to depart 3rd November then sadly Uncle Boris delivered a bit of a blow on 31st October, we were going into a 2nd lockdown from the 4th November. After much deliberation and a bit of investigation it became clear that as I was leaving the country before the 4th, and for work reasons, it was fine. The government advice was that those who leave before the 4th would not need to rush to come home so I decided I was still going for it.
PCR ordered and taken, negative results in my inbox by 11am on the 2nd, this is really happening, after a year I am going back to my beloved Egypt, albeit with a few hoops to jump through first.
Arriving at Gatwick it was really quiet, easyJet check in was buzzing though, lots of us scrambling to get out of blighty for a bit, just to feel the sun on our backs and the sand between our toes again. The procedures at Gatwick where easy to follow, lots of sanitisers dotted around and announcements reminding you to wear your masks. The shops and bars were open, although many were preparing to close again for the next 4 weeks, which made it feel a little sombre, especially as some had only been open a number of weeks. I soon found myself sat with my obligatory glass of vino ordering my traditional fry up, wondering what my week will actually be like once I arrive.
The flight was uneventful, mostly people behaved and kept their masks over their noses, and those that didnt (or simply forgot to replace after eating) where politely reminded by the cabin crew and subsequently obliged.
On arrival at Hurghada we were requested to have our PCR results and health declarations at hand as we disembarked, these were taken and checked by a couple of officials as we entered the terminal building, then we were allowed to be on our way. Just for the record, yes these are checked, the guys know exactly what they are looking for, so make sure that what you have is correct. There was one family that was taken aside as their results were 24 hours out of date, they had tried to wing it but they would have been required to pay for an additional test locally, and quarantine on resort until the results came in.