Travel Rules for France

Last updated: Tuesday 25th January at 1PM

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I hear you! That’s why I’ve pulled together every test, form and quarantine you need to do abide by all the Covid travel rules and to visit France.

⚠︎ Remember, details can change quickly so always check the FCDO site to double check the following information. I recommend signing up for email updates!

France Travel Rules

Travelling to France 🇫🇷

Keep up to date with the latest information on the Government website 

Vaccinated UK travellers

Vaccinated UK travellers can visit France without quarantine provided they can show proof of a negative Covid-19 test.

Before you travel to France

• Proof of negative PCR or rapid antigen test taken within 24 hours of departure

• Complete a ‘sworn statement‘ 

Whilst in France

• Please check for more information on the rules around coronavirus whilst in France here.

Read up on the full details for France on the FCDO website

If travelling alone, the above requirements are also compulsory for all travellers aged 12 years and over.

The French Government recognises the following vaccines: Pfizer, Moderna, Oxford/AstraZeneca, and Johnson & Johnson (the vaccines recognised by the European Medical Agency). “Fully vaccinated” is defined by the completion of a vaccination schedule, specifically:

  • 1 week after the second dose of Pfizer, Moderna, Oxford/AstraZeneca
  • 4 weeks after the single and only dose of Johnson & Johnson
  • 1 week after the single dose of any of the above vaccines if you have previously tested positive for COVID-19

For children 12 and over who are travelling with an adult, an update has confirmed that travel may still be possible.

It reads:

➡️ The measures applied to vaccinated adults extend under the same conditions to accompanying minors (under 18), whether or not they are vaccinated.

➡️ Unvaccinated minors (12 to 17 accompanied by unvaccinated adults are subject to the same travel regulations as unvaccinated adults (PCR/antigen test less than 24 hours old prior to departure, compelling reason, sworn statement, digital platform and self-isolation on arrival).

You can read the original here.

From 14 January, unvaccinated travellers will need to self-isolate on arrival in France for 10 days, subject to police checks. You must also provide:

  • a negative PCR or antigen test result taken within 24 hours pre-departure if aged 12 years and over.
  • contact details before travel to France, including the address they will be staying at, to the French authorities via an online form.
  • a completed international travel form to prove the reason for essential travel. This can be found on the French government’s website. In exceptional circumstances, the French Consulate in London may be able to assist with travel for a compelling reason not listed as an ‘essential reason for travel’.
  • a completed ‘sworn statement’ (déclaration sur l’honneur) form self-certifying they 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.

Read up on the full details for France on the FCDO website

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Travelling back to the England

At present, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland also have the same rules but you can find more information on the nation’s rules here

BEFORE FRI 11TH FEB AT 4AM

France is on the “Rest of World” list

Adults entering the UK from a non-red list country need to do a Day 2 test.

This is for passengers who have been fully vaccinated by the UK vaccination programme, or an approved vaccination programme. 

Before you travel to England 

• Complete a passenger locator form. You can submit the form any time in the 48 hours before you arrive in the UK

• Book and pay for a ‘Day 2‘ test – this can be a rapid antigen or a PCR test.

NHS tests will not be accepted – you must book your tests privately.

After you arrive in England

• Do your ‘Day 2’ test on Day 2 or before – the day you enter the UK is classed as Day 0 and you can take your test on the day you arrive

• You do not need to isolate whilst waiting for your result

France is on the “Rest of World” list

Children aged 4 and under do not have to take any COVID-19 travel tests.

Children aged 5 to 17 have to follow the testing and quarantine rules for people who qualify as fully vaccinated on arrival in England.

This means that they have to take a COVID-19 test after they arrive in England – before the end of day 2 at the latest.

Please see above for what tests are allowed.

NHS tests will not be accepted – you must book your tests privately

Read the full details here.

France is on the “Rest of World” list

  • Non vaccinated travellers entering the UK from a non-red list country will have to do several tests and self isolate when travelling home from a “Rest of World’ country.

Before you travel to England

  • Take a lateral flow or PCR test in the 2 days before your travel to England
  • Complete a passenger locator form. You can submit the form any time in the 48 hours before you arrive in the UK
  • Book and pay for a Day 2 and Day 8 PCR tests. You do not need to do these tests until you arrive home but you do need this booking reference to add to your passenger locator form 

NHS tests will not be accepted – you must book your tests privately

After you arrive in England

  • Quarantine at home or in the place you are staying for 10 full days
  • Do your PCR test on Day 2 or before and on Day 8 – the day you enter the UK is classed as Day 0
  • You may be able to end quarantine early if you pay for a private COVID-19 test through the Test to Release scheme.
  • If you are in England for less than 10 days, you need to quarantine for the time you are here. You still need to book day 2 and day 8 PCR tests. You only need to take the tests if you are still in England on those days.

Read the full details here.

Read up on the full details for travelling back to England on the Government website

Travelling back to England

At present, Scotland has so far confirmed that it will follow suit – you can find more information on all the nation’s rules here

AFTER FRI 11TH FEB AT 4AM

France is on the “Rest of World” list

Adults entering the UK from a non-red list country no longer need to test or quarantine but they do still need to fill in a passenger locator form.

This is for passengers who have been fully vaccinated by the UK vaccination programme, or an approved vaccination programme. 

Before you travel to England 

• Complete a passenger locator form. You can submit the form any time in the 48 hours before you arrive in the UK

France is on the “Rest of World” list

Children aged 17 and under can follow the same rules as fully vaccinated travellers.

Please see the information above.

France is on the “Rest of World” list

  • Non vaccinated travellers entering the UK from a non-red list country will have to test twice and fill in a passenger locator form. You will no longer have to isolate.

Before you travel to England

  • Take a lateral flow or PCR test in the 2 days before your travel to England
  • Complete a passenger locator form. You can submit the form any time in the 48 hours before you arrive in the UK
  • Book and pay for a Day 2 PCR tests. You do not need to do this test until you arrive home but you do need this booking reference to add to your passenger locator form 

NHS tests will not be accepted – you must book your tests privately

After you arrive in England

  • Do your PCR test on Day 2 or before
  • You no longer need to self isolate whilst waiting for your test results

Read the full details here.

Read up on the full details for travelling back to England on the Government website

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