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

June 8, 2022

Covid-19 has become a part of our lives since March 2020. Restrictions appear to be easing gradually and are now, generally, the same across mainland France. They may differ in the Overseas Departments and Territories.

For travel from the UK to Mainland France

Any traveller who is fully vaccinated must:  
  • present a vaccination certificate to the passport authorities. Since February 1st, 2022, in order to continue to be considered as fully vaccinated, persons aged eighteen or over wishing to enter France must have received a booster dose no later than 9 months after the injection of the second dose.
  • the same measures applied to vaccinated adults are applied to any minors (17 and under) who are travelling with them, whether vaccinated or not. Therefore, if an unvaccinated child arrives in France with a vaccinated adult, they may follow the rules of entry for those who are fully vaccinated.

Since 12th February 2022, it no longer necessary to have a negative test result.

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

For travellers who are not vaccinated

The UK is now categorised as a "green country" so any traveller who is NOT fully vaccinated no longer needs to self isolate in arrival in France, but still has to present a negative test result or proof of having been tested positive for Covid no less than 11 days and no more than six months before the date of travel.

The rules as described on the English language page of the French government website are:  

Mobility rules and regulations

  • No restriction shall apply when entering metropolitan France from a green list country or territory. No compelling reason is required for travelers to France.

Health control measures. Should you wish to enter the national territory from a “green” list country or territory :

  • No negative test on departure is required on departure for vaccinated travelers within the meaning of European regulations. These travelers must present proof of this vaccination to the transport company and to the border control authorities.
  • Unvaccinated travelers must present a negative result of a PCR test less than 72 hours or an antigen test less than 48 hours before departure (departure of the first flight in the event of a connection), or a certificate of recovery (positive result of a PCR or antigen test carried out more than eleven days and less than six months previously. This certificate is only valid for a period of six months from the date of the examination or test).
  • No measures (tests, isolation) are in force upon arrival in metropolitan France.

Children under 12 are exempt from these formalities.

Given the health situation in the overseas territories, these rules may vary in the overseas departments and territories: travelers are therefore invited to consult the websites of the prefectures and High Commissions concerned.

For travel from France to the UK, go to the Planning to travel to the UK? page on this website.

Current French Anti-Covid Measures

From Monday 14th March, the "pass vaccinal" is no longer required. It is, however, still necessary to show a "pass sanitaire" to enter hospitals (except in an emergency) and old peoples' homes. Wearing of a mask is also no longer compulsory, except on public transport and in medical facilities, including hospitals, and old peoples' homes. However, a number of places may continue to require - or at least strongly recommend - the wearing of masks.

Holders of an English NHS Covid vaccination certificate are able to convert this to a French "pass sanitaire" in the TousAntiCovid app that can be downloaded to your smartphone. The situation may be more complicated if your certificate was issued by NHS Scotland.