In a bid to stop the Indian variant of Covid, President Emmanuel Macron only allows French or European nationals to enter the country, with the British having to prove that their visit is essential.
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And those who are cleared to make the trip must take a Covid test before departure and quarantine themselves for seven days upon arrival.
The British Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) said the new French rules apply to all air, car, ferry and train passengers.
France is currently listed as an “orange” destination by the British government which advises against going there.
British authorities are requiring people to self-isolate for 10 days and pass two Covid tests on return.
Stricter rules for visitors from the UK were first raised by French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian last week amid concerns over the Indian variant.
On its website, the Consulate General of France in London said: “Given the development of the so-called Indian variant, health measures have been tightened for people traveling to France from the United Kingdom.
He added from this morning “compelling reasons will be necessary for foreign nationals outside the EU not residing in France to go to France from the United Kingdom”.
The website said “a PCR or antigen test of less than 48 hours will be required for anyone traveling to France from the UK” while on arrival “travelers are required to self-isolate for seven days ”.
The information adds that “due to the low incidence of Covid in the UK, at the moment they will not be subject to systematic checks where they stay”.
Travelers entering France from outside the European Union, including the United Kingdom, must sign a declaration on their honor that they do not show symptoms of Covid.
They will also need to confirm that they are not aware of having been in contact with a person with the disease in the 14 days prior to their trip.
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In addition to proof of the negative Covid test before departure for people aged 11 and over, a declaration on the honor to isolate themselves on arrival in France for seven days must also be made.
A second PCR test should be performed after quarantine.
The consulate’s website said people who had been vaccinated remain subject to the same rules, adding that people are “strongly advised” to limit international travel “to the minimum.”
France’s move follows Germany starting to require people arriving from the UK to self-quarantine for 14 days, again in response to the spread of the Indian variant.