COVID-19: rules for travel to France and the UK

TRAVELLING FROM THE UK TO FRANCE

1. Travelling from the UK to France

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1/ From Sunday 18 July (00.00 a.m.), if you have not been vaccinated you must present a negative PCR or antigen test less than 24 hours old to travel to French territory from the UK.

2/ If you have been fully vaccinated you will therefore no longer have to present a test in order to enter French territory. The period of time you must wait following the final dose has been reduced to seven days (double dose, or previous infection + one dose) and 28 days (single dose).

3/ France recognizes the AZ-Covishield vaccine, so it is possible to travel to France with this type of vaccine if you have been fully vaccinated.

4/ The age at which a test is required (accompanied or unaccompanied minors with one vaccinated parent) is going up from 11 to 12 years old.

5/ French nationals abroad (including in the UK) will continue to benefit from free PCR and antigen tests carried out in France.

From 9 June onwards, tourist traffic between France and foreign countries will be reopened under procedures which vary depending on the health situation in the other country and the vaccination status of travellers.

People are still strongly advised to keep international travel to a minimum. Anyone wishing to travel to France from the UK is also responsible for checking that they are permitted to do so under UK regulations.

People vaccinated in the UK must present a digital or paper certificate from the NHS showing their full vaccine status.

You can now scan your NHS QR code (the most recent one possible) in the TousAntiCovid app.

The NHS QR code is not yet recognized by the TousAntiCovid Verif (TAC Verif) app, which checks the validity of QR codes. You must therefore present an NHS proof of vaccination.

List of documents and negative test to be presented for travel

Vaccinated travellers must provide:

  • A sworn statement certifying the absence of COVID-19 symptoms and of any contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19;
  • Proof of their vaccination status.

Unvaccinated travellers must also provide:

  • A negative PCR or antigen test less than 24h hours prior to departure (first flight departure in case of connecting travel). Children aged below 12 years are exempt from testing. Self-administred tests are not considered as valid to travel.
  • A sworn statement certifying the absence of COVID-19 symptoms and of any contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19;
  • A sworn undertaking to take an antigen test or biological examination on arrival in metropolitan France;
  • A sworn undertaking to self-isolate for seven days, and another sworn undertaking to take a biological virological screening test (PCR) at the end of the isolation period.

If you are not vaccinated, you must give a compelling reason to be allowed to enter metropolitan France. The tentative list of compelling reasons features on the certificate of entry into metropolitan France that can be downloaded here.

Minors:

  • Minors, whether or not they are vaccinated, are not subject to compelling reasons and quarantine if they are accompanied by a vaccinated adult.
  • Unvaccinated children aged 12 and over must have taken a PCR or antigen test in the past 24 hours.

Download the official declaration for travel from the UK to France in English here

All information concerning travel for international road hauliers can be found on the dedicated page.

The UK authorities are updating a list of centres permitted to carry out COVID-19 PCR tests. This list can be viewed at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/list-of-private-providers-of-coronavirus-testing/list-of-private-providers-of-coronavirus-testing.

The NHS indicates that it will not carry out tests for travel purposes. Private entities offering the same service must therefore be used. There is no specific test for the new variant identified. Current PCR tests detect the presence of the virus.

For information only, please find a list of PCR testing providers at the following websites:

If you have to return to the UK, please check requirements for travelling from France to the UK before your departure.

2. Quarantine in France

People (not fully vaccinated) travelling from the UK must make a sworn declaration to self-isolate for a period of 7 days once they arrive in France, then take another PCR test following this period of self-isolation.

Book an online PCR test in your area at https://www.doctolib.fr/

You must also self-isolate in the following cases:

  • if you test positive for COVID-19;
  • if you are waiting to be tested because you show signs of the illness;
  • if you are waiting to be tested because you have been identified as someone who has been in contact with someone who has the illness;
  • if you have tested negative but you are an at-risk contact;
  • if you have tested negative but live under the same roof as someone who has the illness.

3. Travel on arrival in France

The latest information is available here : https://www.gouvernement.fr/en/coronavirus-covid-19

Please check the French 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 and in some outdoor areas.

TRAVELLING FROM FRANCE TO THE UK

1. Travelling from France to the UK

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The UK has announced that, from 19 July (4.00 a.m.) onwards, anyone fully vaccinated in the UK is exempt from the requirement to quarantine if they are returning from amber-list countries.

This measure does not affect anyone, of whatever nationality, travelling from France. There is therefore no change if you are travelling from France to the UK.

From 9 June onwards, tourist traffic between France and foreign countries will be reopened under procedures which vary depending on the health situation in the other country and the vaccination status of travellers.

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If you are not vaccinated, you must give a compelling reason for travelling to an amber list country (UK included).

The indicative list of compelling reasons is indicated on the downloadable certificate to leave Metropolitan France here.

The compelling reason will be confirmed in France prior to departure. In the event of a false statement or an invalid reason, boarding will be denied.

No foreign nationals travelling to their own country will be prevented from leaving French territory (although there is no guarantee that they will be able to return in the absence of a compelling reason).

No French or foreign national wishing to return to their country of residence or origin will be prevented from leaving French territory (without having any guarantee of being able to return there in the absence of a compelling reason).

Since 15 February, everyone allowed to enter England from outside the Common Travel Area must:

  • quarantine for 10 days
  • take a coronavirus (COVID-19) test on day 2 and day 8 of quarantining
  • follow the national lockdown rules

Follow the guidance on https://www.gov.uk/guidance/how-to-quarantine-when-you-arrive-in-england

In Scotland, please follow the guidance on https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-public-health-checks-at-borders/

You must adhere to local restrictions on British territory on your arrival. You are reminded that only border control staff can decide whether you may enter the country.
Since 18 January, the UK government has introduced pre-departure testing requirements for all inbound passengers to England. Passengers arriving by ship, plane or train will have to take a test up to 3 days before departure and provide evidence of a negative result before they travel. For more information please visit : https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-testing-for-people-travelling-to-england

Moreover, doing a PCR test or being vaccinated does not exempt people from going into quarantine on arrival in the UK.

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.

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.

With each of the four nations implementing their 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.

N.B. You are required to wear a mask on most public transport when you travel.

2. 10-day quarantine measure imposed on passengers coming from France

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Since15 February, everyone allowed to enter England from outside the Common Travel Area must:

  • quarantine for 10 days
  • take a coronavirus (COVID-19) test on day 2 and day 8 of quarantining
  • follow the national lockdown rules

Follow the guidance on https://www.gov.uk/guidance/how-to-quarantine-when-you-arrive-in-england

In Scotland, please follow the guidance on https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-public-health-checks-at-borders/

The UK authorities have announced that a 10-day quarantine applies to all passengers arriving from France. Since 14 December, anyone travelling from France has to provide an address in the UK, where they will be required to self-isolate for 10 days. This measure is compulsory and likely to be subject to checks. Anyone in breach of the measure is liable to fines up to £10,000.

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.

Since 18 January, anyone entering England from abroad must be able to produce a negative COVID-19 test. More information on this can be found on the government website: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-testing-for-people-travelling-to-england

Test to release

Under the scheme you can choose to pay for a private COVID-19 test. If the result is negative, you can stop self-isolating. The earliest you can take the test is 5 full days after you left a place not on the travel corridor list. The scheme is voluntary and applies to those self-isolating in England only.

To take part in the scheme you need to book a test with a private test provider (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/list-of-private-providers-of-coronavirus-testing/list-of-private-providers-of-coronavirus-testing) and choose to opt into the scheme on the passenger locator form.

If, in the past 10 days, you have travelled in or passed through a country not on the exemption lists, you must observe the quarantine period for 10 days after leaving that country. If you want to travel to the UK for fewer than 10 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 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.

During the 10-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

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

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. 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.

Jobs that qualify for travel exemptions

Some people can be exempted from self-isolation measures on entering UK territory.

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

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

3. Travel on arrival in the UK


Please check the measures in place at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home

Face coverings are 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

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.

Published on 23/07/2021

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