COVID-19: UK and French travel and quarantine measures

QUARANTINE MEASURES

1. End of quarantine measures in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland

On 10 July 2020, the quarantine measures put in place by the UK authorities between France and the UK will be lifted. French people entering in the UK will therefore no longer need to self-isolate for 14 days.

On entering the UK, you must still complete a form with your contacts, the address where you will be staying and your travel information. This must be done on the UK Government’s website: https://www.gov.uk/provide-journey-contact-details-before-travel-uk.

If you have travelled in, or passed through, a country not on the list below in the past 14 days, you must self-isolate for 14 days after leaving that country.

England and Wales: The full list of exempted countries is on the UK Government’s website: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-travel-corridors#travel-corridors-countries-and-territories-exemption-list

Scotland: The full list of exempted countries is on the website: https://www.gov.scot/news/quarantine-rule-ends-for-travellers-arriving-from-lower-risk-countries-and-territories/

Northern Ireland: The full list of exempted countries is on the website: https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/coronavirus-covid-19-countries-and-territories-exemptions

2. Quarantine measures (other countries not on the exemption list)

On 22 May, the British authorities announced new public health measures concerning entry into British territory. The announcement included the introduction of a 14-day quarantine period for anyone entering British territory — from 8 June —, with the exception of certain professions.

- contact locator form for all passengers entering the UK: on entering the UK, you must fill in a form indicating your contacts, the address where you will be self-isolating and information about your travel arrangements. As soon as you enter the UK, you are also asked to download the NHS Covid-19 app app and use it for the duration of your stay in the UK.
Click here to access the UK government contact locator form.

- self-isolation: on your arrival in the UK, you must remain self-isolated for 14 days and could be contacted regularly during this period to ensure you are complying with the measure. If you are visiting the UK for less than that period of time, you must remain in self-isolation throughout your stay. You may then leave, without using public transport, to reach the airport or station.

If the place where you are self-isolating, for example hotels or accommodation with family or friends, does not meet the necessary requirements, you will be required to self-isolate in facilities arranged by the British Government. People should use personal transport, such as a car, to travel to their accommodation where possible.

During the 14-day period of self-isolation, you must not:

  • go to work
  • go to school
  • use public transport or taxis
  • have visitors, including friends and family, unless they are providing essential support
  • go out to buy food or other essentials where you can rely on others

- implementation and checks: all those in breach of these mandatory conditions are liable to a £1,000 fine or prosecution. The level of fine could increase if the risk of infection from abroad increases. The Devolved Administrations will set out their own enforcement approaches. The authorities will undertake checks at the border and may refuse entry to any non-British citizen who refuses to comply with these regulations and isn’t resident in the UK. Failure to complete the entry form is punishable by a £100 fine. Random checks will be carried out to ensure compliance with self-isolation requirements. Removal from the country would be considered as a last resort for foreign nationals who refuse to comply with them.

The following people, among others, will be exempted from self-isolation measures on entering UK territory:

- *Road haulage and freight workers

- *Medical professionals who are travelling to help with the fight against coronavirus

- *anyone moving from within the Common Travel Area (the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man)

- *Seasonal agricultural workers

The full list can be found on the UK Government’s website.

Once your period of self-isolation is over, you will have to continue following the UK Government’s instructions on social distancing measures.

These measures will be subject to review every three weeks.

The UK Government is considering other options, such as air bridges - agreements between countries who both have low transmission rates to remove the need for quarantine measures for incoming passengers. (No air bridge has come into force yet).

3. Travellers entering France from the UK

From Monday 25 May 2020, the French Government is putting in place a voluntary 14-day quarantine measure for travellers arriving from certain countries.

For travellers arriving from European countries whose authorities have decided, in an uncoordinated fashion, to apply 14-day quarantine measures to travellers entering their territory from European countries, a voluntary 14-day quarantine period will be reciprocally requested.

The following people will be exempt from voluntary quarantine, except if they show symptoms:

- people in transit to another country;

- crew members and people operating passenger and cargo flights, or travelling as passengers to their departure point;

- international freight transporters;

- coach and train drivers and crew;

- crew members and people operating merchant and fishing vessels;

- foreign health professionals helping fight COVID-19;

- staff of diplomatic and consular missions and of international organizations with headquarters or offices in France, as well as their spouses and children;

- French and foreign domestic security or defence forces personnel returning from missions, or on mission, staff of the judicial authority carrying out its work, and State employees posted abroad or returning from missions, as well as their spouses and children;

- cross-border workers;

- people with compelling family reasons (travel justified for the purpose of transferring custody of or having access or staying access to a child; continued schooling; urgent assistance to a loved one; the funeral of a close relative) ;

- people allowed to enter France for economic reasons if they are staying for less than five days. The quarantine conditions applicable to seasonal and posted workers permitted to enter are set out in the directive of 20 May 2020.

TRAVELLING TO FRANCE FROM THE UK

1. Travelling from the UK to France

Travel restrictions at Europe’s internal borders are being lifted as of 15 June. Travel restrictions between France and the UK are therefore being removed, and the international travel declaration is no longer required.
The quarantine measure is voluntary in France (see the Interior Ministry’s website->https://www.interieur.gouv.fr/Actualites/L-actu-du-Ministere/La-levee-des-restrictions-de-circulation-aux-frontieres-interieures-europeennes-de-la-France]) for practical details of its implementation.

Read the full status of the Press statement here

Some transport operators ask travellers to fill out and carry with them a sworn statement certifying that they do not have any symptoms of a COVID-19 infection.

This document is made available below.

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Sworn statement
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2. Travel on arrival in France

From 20 July, wearing masks is compulsory for all indoor spaces in France.

LIST OF PLACES WHERE IT IS COMPULSORY TO WEAR A MASK

- Audition rooms, conference rooms, meeting rooms and performance or multi-purpose venues, including theatres and cinemas.
- Restaurants and drinking establishments.
- Hotels and guest houses.
- Gaming rooms.
- Early learning, educational and training institutions, holiday centres, leisure centres without accommodation.
- Libraries and documentation centres.
- Places of worship.
- Covered sports facilities.
- Museums.
- Outdoor venues.
- Tents, marquees and other structures.
- Stations.
- High-altitude hotels and restaurants.
- Floating establishments.
- Mountain refuges.
- Retail shops, shopping centres.
- Public offices and banks.
- Covered markets.
- Public transport

Those responsible for establishments not on this list may make it compulsory to wear a mask.

From 2 June, the ban on people travelling more than 100 km from their homes was lifted. People do not need to present the official declaration for exceptional travel.

3. Transport to France

You can find train and ferry services and flights to France on transport operators website.

Some transport operators ask travellers to fill out and carry with them a sworn statement certifying that they do not have any symptoms of a COVID-19 infection.

This document is made available below.

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Sworn statement
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N.B. You are required to wear a mask in most transports when you travel.

We remind you that you should use personal transport, such as a car, where possible.

To and from Heathrow:
The Piccadilly Line tube takes you from Heathrow airport to central London (departing every 15 minutes).
It takes you directly to St Pancras International for the Eurostar.
Further information on the TFL website: https://tfl.gov.uk/

To and from Gatwick:
There are fairly regular trains to various destinations in central London.
The Gatwick Express has been out of service since 30 March.
Bookings and information on https://www.gwr.com/

To and from Stansted:
The Stansted Express is operating, to get to Tottenham Hale (Victoria Line) or Liverpool Street tube station.
Bookings and information on https://www.stanstedexpress.com/

To and from Luton:
The train service to central London (and St Pancras International) is operating normally.
Take the Shuttle to Luton Airport Parkway Rail, then the train to London.
Bookings and information on https://www.thetrainline.com/

To and from Southend:
A train leaves every 20-30 minutes for Liverpool Street tube station.
Bookings and information on https://www.thetrainline.com/

TRAVELLING TO THE UK FROM FRANCE

You are advised to take with you, in addition to your ID, a supporting document indicating a residential address in the UK and the reason for your journey, to be presented when you cross the border.

Only the transport companies and/or staff responsible for border checks are authorized to decide on whether the supporting documents are permissible or not.

N.B. You are required to wear a mask in most transports when you travel.

From 24 July, in order to help contain the spread of the virus, face coverings will be required in shops and supermarkets - in addition to public transport where they are already required. People are also strongly encouraged to wear face coverings in other enclosed public spaces where there are people they do not normally meet.

More information on the UK Government’s website

Published on 03/08/2020

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