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Covid-19 regulations for travellers to and from France

Before travelling to France or returning to the UK it is vital that you check the latest Information concerning Covid-19 regulations. Certain procedures and documents are compulsory, so it is best to plan so as not to have last minute complications.

Covid Information for travelling to and from France

The latest update on the Covid-19 situation will mean that a test must be carried out before leaving your destination country, to be able to return to the UK. Similar obligations will apply for entering France. Furthermore, UK travellers do not have to justify the reason why they are going to France. This applies to all passengers should it be by air, car, ferry, or train. 

Test requirements for travellers to France

If the traveller is vaccinated (complete vaccination schedule), there are no restrictions on entry into France.

If the traveller is not vaccinated (or if the vaccination schedule is incomplete), he/she must produce a compelling reason to enter France and present a PCR or antigenic test dated less than 24 hours before departure. They are also likely to be screened on arrival in the country.

From 1 November 2021, travellers without a complete vaccination schedule will be screened with Covid-19 on arrival at the Gare du Nord.

Travelling around or within France

Further information and updates can be found on the French Authority’s website.

Test requirements for travellers returning to the UK

Before returning to the UK there are several things you will need to do:

  • Provide proof of a negative Covid-19 test which should be taken within the 3 days before you are due to return to the UK.
  • Fill in a Passenger locator form giving your contact details. This can be found on the British Governments Website.
  • Book and pay for a day 2 Covid- 19 test which needs to be taken after you have arrived in the UK.
  • Fully vaccinated people will be exempt from quarantine on arrival in the UK. Unvaccinated travellers arriving from France must adhere to a 10-day quarantine in a hotel or at home and will be required to undergo a PCR test on the second and eighth day after the start of the quarantine period. 

If you do not provide these above elements, you can be fined or may not be allowed to board (boat, plane etc…). When you arrive in the UK your passport will be checked.
Once you have returned to the UK you will be required to take a day 2 test. Children under 4 years of age are not required to take this test. You will not need to quarantine if the test is negative.

Further details can be found on the British government’s website.