COVID-19: UK and French travel and quarantine measures

QUARANTINE MEASURES

1. 14-day quarantine measure imposed on passengers coming from France

The British authorities have announced that a 14-day quarantine will again apply to all passengers arriving from France. From 4.00 a.m. on Saturday 15 August (5.00 a.m. Paris time), anyone travelling from France will have to provide an address in the UK, where they will be required to self-isolate for two weeks. This measure is compulsory and likely to be subject to checks. Anyone in breach of the measure is liable to fines ranging from £1,000 to £3,200.

Before entering the UK (48 hours before your arrival), you must complete a form with your contacts, your home or other address where you will be staying, and your travel details. This procedure is carried out on the UK Government’s website: https://www.gov.uk/provide-journey-contact-details-before-travel-uk.

However, the PCR screening test is not compulsory for travel between France and the UK. Moreover, doing a PCR test does not exempt people from going into quarantine on arrival in the UK.

If, in the past 14 days, you have travelled in or passed through a country not on the exemption lists, you must observe the quarantine period for 14 days after leaving that country. If you want to travel to the UK for fewer than 14 days, you must remain in self-isolation throughout your visit and may then leave the UK, doing your best to avoid public transport when travelling to the train station or airport.

If you are arriving in the UK from a country other than France, you will find the full list of countries benefiting from exemptions in England on the UK Government’s website, which is currently being updated: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-travel-corridors#travel-corridors-countries-and-territories-exemption-list

The Consulate has no powers to grant exemptions from quarantine under any circumstances.

See information for Wales here: https://gov.wales/exemptions-self-isolation-coronavirus-covid-19-html

See information for Scotland here: https://www.gov.scot/news/travellers-from-france-and-the-netherlands-to-face-quarantine-rules/

See information for Northern Ireland here:
https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/coronavirus-covid-19-countries-and-territories-exemptions

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

- 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 Consulate has no powers to grant exemptions from quarantine under any circumstances.

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.]

3. Travellers entering France from the UK

On 24 November, President Macron announced a phased easing of lockdown restrictions: all these phases can be found on the following Government web page: https://www.gouvernement.fr/info-coronavirus

The various travel declarations are available here : https://www.interieur.gouv.fr/Actualites/L-actu-du-Ministere/Attestations-de-deplacement

The PCR screening test is not compulsory for travel between France and the UK.

Travellers entering France from the UK do not need to self-isolate unless they are positive or have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19).

TRAVELLING TO FRANCE FROM THE UK

1. Travelling from the UK to France

On 24 November, President Macron announced a phased easing of lockdown restrictions: all these phases can be found on the following Government web page: https://www.gouvernement.fr/info-coronavirus

The various travel declarations are available here : https://www.interieur.gouv.fr/Actualites/L-actu-du-Ministere/Attestations-de-deplacement

The PCR screening test is not compulsory for travel between France and the UK.
Also, the borders between France and the UK are not closed. The travel pass is not necessary for binational couples wishing to go to France.

From 2 December 2020, a new warning-level system will be in place. All these measures can be found on the following Government web page: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/local-restriction-tiers-what-you-need-to-know

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

On 24 November, President Macron announced a phased easing of lockdown restrictions: all these phases can be found on the following Government web page: https://www.gouvernement.fr/info-coronavirus

The various travel declarations are available here : https://www.interieur.gouv.fr/Actualites/L-actu-du-Ministere/Attestations-de-deplacement

This is what will happen over the next few weeks:

From 28 November

What won’t change:
The lockdown and requirement to carry an official travel declaration will remain in force. You must therefore continue to avoid private meetings, family gatherings and all non-essential travel.

What will change:
Travel for the purposes of walking or other outdoor physical activity will be permitted within a 20-km radius, for three hours.
Outdoor extra-curricular activities will be permitted again.
All shops will be able to reopen and services in the home resume in line with a strict health protocol until no later than 9.00 p.m.
For places of worship, services strictly limited to 30 people will be permitted again.

PCR screening tests are not compulsory for travel between France and the UK. The international travel declaration is not required.

From 15 December: lockdown will end if the health situation allows (fewer than 5,000 infections a day)

  • Official travel declarations will no longer be required and travel between regions will be permitted;
  • Introduction of a curfew from 9.00 p.m. to 7.00 a.m., except Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve;
  • Cinemas, theatres and museums will reopen;
  • Indoor extra-curricular activities will resume;
  • Gatherings on public highways will be prohibited.

The PCR screening test is not compulsory for travel between France and the UK.

Please check the Government website to find out what the situation is in the department you are travelling to : https://www.gouvernement.fr/info-coronavirus

Wearing masks is compulsory for all indoor spaces in France.

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

In England, from 2 December 2020, a new warning-level system will be in place. All these measures can be found on the following Government web page: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/local-restriction-tiers-what-you-need-to-know

With each of the four nations implementing its own lockdown strategy, you need to stay informed about the rules applicable by referring to the devolved governments’ websites: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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.

The PCR screening test is not compulsory for travel between France and the UK. Moreover, doing a PCR test does not exempt people from going into quarantine on arrival in the UK.

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

Face coverings is 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 30/11/2020

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