France has been returned to the UK's amber list for international travel, effective from Sunday 8th August at 4am. This is the advice published by the British Embassy on their Facebook page on 17th September 2021.
@ukinfrance · Ambassade / Consulat
The Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, has announced a simplified system for international travel.
From Monday 4 October at 4am, the current traffic light system will be replaced by a single red list of countries and travel measures will be simplified for arrivals from countries not on the red list. From that date, eligible fully vaccinated travellers from non-red list countries will no longer need to take a pre-departure test when travelling to England.
From the end of October, eligible fully vaccinated passengers and those with an approved vaccine from a select group of non-red countries will be able to replace their day 2 test with a cheaper lateral flow test, reducing the cost of tests on arrival into England. The government wants to introduce this by the end of October, aiming to have it in place for when people return from half-term breaks. Further detail about this will be released in due course.
Full details of the announcement can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/.../new-system-for-international-travel
These changes initially apply only to England. You can find information about entering Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland here: https://www.gov.uk/uk-border-control
The British Embassy cannot provide tailored information for specific trips. For further information to help you plan a visit to France, please see our travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/france
Until 4th October, fully vaccinated travellers from France to England, Scotland and Northern Ireland can enter the country without having to self-isolate or arrival.
To benefit from this exemption, travellers will need to show proof of being fully vaccinated with one of the authorised vaccines before travel.
This proof could be:
- an EU Digital COVID Certificate (EU DCC) for Europe
- a CDC card for the USA – you’ll also need to show proof of USA residency, such as your USA passport, visa or Green Card
- an NHS vaccine certificate
You must have had your final dose of the vaccine at least 14 days before you arrive in England, Scotland or Northern Ireland.
Children under 18 who are resident in France (or the US or other EU countries) do not need to self-isolate or take a day 8 test if travelling from France to England, Scotland or Northern Ireland. They must follow the same rules as children and young people from the UK which are available here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/how-to-quarantine-when-you-arrive-in-england
If you cannot show proof of vaccination, you must follow the rules for those who are not fully vaccinated, including self-isolating for 10 days and taking a test on day 2 and day 8. You can find more information about the rules for unvaccinated arrivals here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/how-to-quarantine-when-you-arrive-in-england. In England, you can use the Test and Release scheme to end quarantine early, if you take a test after 5 days https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-test-to-release-for-international-travel
All adult travellers (regardless of vaccination status) must:
- Complete a passenger locator form https://www.gov.uk/provide-journey-contact-details-before-travel-uk
- Have proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 3 days of departure https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-testing-for-people-travelling-to-england
- Complete a COVID-19 test on day 2. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/how-to-quarantine-when-you-arrive-in-england
Children 11 years or older need to complete a pre-departure test. All children over the age of 5 need to complete a day 2 test. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/how-to-quarantine-when-you-arrive-in-england
Travellers also need to complete an attestation to justify leaving France. Returning to your country of residence or origin is permitted. Full details here: https://www.interieur.gouv.fr/Actualites/L-actu-du-Ministere/Attestation-de-deplacement-et-de-voyage
You may be denied boarding if you do not comply with these requirements, or fined if found to have broken the rules.
If you entered France from a red-listed country less than ten days before you arrive in England, Scotland or Northern Ireland, then you will need to use managed quarantine: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/booking-and-staying-in-a-quarantine-hotel-when-you-arrive-in-england
There are a small number of exemptions to these rules, which you can find here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/booking-and-staying-in-a-quarantine-hotel-when-you-arrive-in-england
If you are travelling to Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, you can find specific information here: https://www.gov.uk/uk-border-control