TUK ravellers will have to provide “compelling reasons” to enter France from Monday as French authorities tighten restrictions to prevent the spread of the Indian variant of the coronavirus.
Travel to France from the UK will only be permitted for EU nationals, French residents or those traveling for essential reasons.
Those cleared to make the trip must pass 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 UK government which advises against traveling there, with UK authorities requiring people to self-isolate for 10 days and pass two Covid tests upon their 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.
An explanation of the new rules on the website of 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 UK. “
He added that from Monday morning “compelling reasons will be necessary for non-EU foreign nationals not residing in France to go to France from the United Kingdom”.
The website said “a PCR test 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-auto -insulate for seven days ”.
The information added that “due to the low incidence of Covid in the UK, at the moment they will not be subject to systematic checks of their place of stay”.
Travelers entering France from outside the European Union, including the United Kingdom, must sign a sworn declaration that they do not show symptoms of Covid and that they are unaware of ” have been in contact with a person with the disease in the 14 days prior to their trip.
In addition to proof of the negative pre-departure Covid test for people aged 11 and over, a declaration on the honor to self-isolate on arrival in France for seven days must also be made and a second PCR test carried out afterwards. 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.