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Covid-19: How it affects your travel between France and the UK

January 13, 2022

Covid-19 has become a part of our lives since March 2020.

The rules and regulations relating to the restrictions imposed change all the time and vary from area to area. These can extend from a blanket ban on all non-essential international travel, through local lockdowns, curfews and closure or non-essential shops through to almost normal life.

It is not possible to post a comprehensive list of restrictions applicable at a given point in time due to the number of these changes and the rapidity of their implementation.

If you are resident in France, consult the local press for the area in which you live and the areas you intend to visit.

If you plan to visit France, consult your travel agent.

Current French Anti-Covid Measures

From 21 July, people attending events and cultural spaces with over 50 people will be asked to demonstrate their COVID-19 status through the “pass sanitaire”.

From 1 August, you will need this to access a range of leisure facilities (bars, restaurants, museums, cinemas), hospitals, retirement homes and modes of transport such as long distance train and bus journeys and planes. You can find more information on how to access the “pass sanitaire” (for those resident in France) or (for those visiting France) how to demonstrate that you are fully vaccinated in the Travel Advice issued by the British Embassy. However, holders of an English NHS Covid certificate are able to convert this to a French "pass sanitaire" in the TousAntiCovid app that can be downloaded to your smartphone. The situation is more complicated if your certificate was issued by NHS Scotland.

From 3rd January 2022, large events are restricted to a capacity of 2,000 if held indoors or 5,000 if held outdoors. It will also be compulsory to wear a face covering in the centres of large towns and cities, even in outdoor areas.

In addition, the Government is currently in the process of passing new legislation which, if adopted, will mean that the "pass sanitaire" will become a "pass vaccinale" from 15th January 2022. This will mean that only being fully vaccinated will be accepted to be admitted to those establishments, which include bars and restaurants. A recent negative test will no longer be accepted.

Travel restrictions imposed by the French government have been lightened, with effect from Friday 14th January.

This means that any traveller who is fully vaccinated can now travel freely between France and the UK without having to present an essential reason, and there is no longer any requirement to quarantine on arrival in France. Fully vaccinated travellers no longer need to register, prior to travel, on the "passenger eOS" digital platform.

However, a negative Covid-19 test, either PCR or lateral flow, taken no more than 24 hours before travelling from the UK to France is still required as is the ‘sworn statement’ (déclaration sur l’honneur) form self-certifying you are not suffering from symptoms associated with coronavirus and have not been in contact with confirmed cases in the preceding fortnight. This can be found on the French government’s website.

For more detail on the new procedures in place, go to the French Ministère de l'Interieur's Coronavirus information page.

In the other direction, the UK rules require a 2-Day Covid-19 test (also PCR or lateral flow) to be pre-booked before travel into the UK so that the test reference can be entered on the Passenger Locator Form. There is no need to self-isolate while waiting for the result of this test, although, of course, a positive result does lead to a requirement to quarantine.

To find out the latest statistics relating to Covid, you can visit the following sites:

For France (in French): https://covidtracker.fr/covidtracker-france/

For the World (in English): https://covidtracker.fr/covidtracker-world/