Border controls are tightened to prevent the spread of the Indian variant of the coronavirus (Photo: Getty Images)
Travelers from the UK will need to provide “compelling reasons” to enter France from Monday May 31 as the country tightens border controls.
French authorities are tightening restrictions in a bid to prevent the spread of the Indian variant of the coronavirus, which is currently circulating in parts of the UK.
Essential travel only
Travel to France from the UK will only be permitted for EU nationals, French residents or those traveling for essential reasons.
Those permitted to enter must pass a PCR test or Covid-19 antigen test prior to departure within 48 hours of travel and quarantine for seven days upon arrival.
Travelers entering France from outside the European Union, including the United Kingdom, must also sign a sworn declaration stating that they do not show symptoms of coronavirus and are unaware of have been in contact with someone with the disease in the 14 days prior to their trip.
People aged 11 and over must also make a declaration on their honor to self-isolate upon arrival in France for seven days, and perform a second PCR test after the quarantine period.
Britain’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development (FCDO) said the new French travel rules apply to all air, car, ferry and rail passengers.
Stricter rules for British visitors were raised by French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian last week amid growing concerns over the Indian variant.
The new rules on the site of the Consulate General of France in London state: “Given the development of the so-called Indian variant, health measures have been tightened for people going to France from the United Kingdom. “
He added that from Monday (May 31) morning, “compelling reasons will be necessary for non-EU foreign nationals not residing in France to go to France from the United Kingdom”.
However, due to the “low incidence of Covid in the UK”, travelers entering France from the UK will not be subject to systematic checks where they stay “for the time being”.
The consulate’s website indicates that people who have been vaccinated against Covid-19 remain subject to the same rules, and people are “strongly advised” to limit international travel “to the minimum”.
France’s stricter rules follow Germany starting to require people arriving from the UK to self-quarantine for 14 days, which again comes in response to the spread of the Indian variant.
An orange list destination
France is currently listed as an ‘orange’ destination on the UK traffic light system, which means travelers will have to self-isolate for 10 days upon their return to the UK and pass two Covid tests -19.
While traveling to Amber List countries is not illegal, government advice recommends not to travel to Amber and Red List countries for leisure purposes, with vacationers being advised to visit only the destinations instead. from the green list.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has stressed that Orange List countries are “not places you should go on vacation” as these destinations require stricter quarantine measures upon their return.
If you choose to travel to an orange destination for your vacation, you will be defeating government advice and additional Covid checks will be required.
As the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office currently advises against travel to Orange List countries, which include popular vacation destinations such as Spain, Greece, France and Italy, it is likely that travelers will not be able to obtain adequate insurance to cover their trip. .
Hannah Isitt, Travel Insurance Expert at GoCompare, told NationalWorld: “There is no travel insurance product that covers the traffic light system, only a change in the advice from FCDO.
“The traffic light system has no impact on insured travel policy – coverage depends on FCDO advice. An example at the moment is Israel – which is on the green list – but no coverage as FCDO advises against all travel, while Rhodes, which is amber, is covered because FCDO does not advise against travel.
“If the insured is traveling when there is a change of traffic light, from green to orange, and if the insured remains on the trip, he will continue to benefit from the same coverage as during his trip.
“Insurers will not cover the costs of the tests, unless it is part of a medical claim or quarantine costs. “