Partially and unvaccinated Britons can only enter France if they have an officially designated ‘compelling reason’, submit to a random antigen test upon arrival and self-isolate for seven days.
For those unvaccinated in France, Macron’s boost on July 12 is about to make life much more difficult. the health pass (a health pass proving a complete vaccination or a recent negative PCR test) is mandatory for all activities that bring together more than 50 people from July 21. From the beginning of August, it will be compulsory in all cafes and restaurants, and on long-distance trains. Just under a million people reserved their first dose within hours of his speech. At the time of writing, an NHS vaccination certificate has been deemed acceptable in lieu of the pass, but NHS QR codes are not compatible with the French TousAntiCovid app.
Upon their return to the UK, with France remaining on the Amber List, from July 19, fully vaccinated UK residents will no longer need to quarantine but will need a negative test before travel and a test of the second day on arrival. Unvaccinated travelers should self-quarantine for 10 days with testing on the second and eighth day.
Can I go to France?
Amber is on the British Government’s Amber List and the UK is on France’s Amber List. Unvaccinated arrivals in France from countries on the French orange list will only be allowed to enter for essential reasons (from a specified list), while those who are double-bitten may travel there without specifying it. (ie vacation is fine).
Are the flights working?
A number of airlines still operate limited flights to France. Ryanair, easyJet, British Airways and Vueling are among the airlines with ongoing flights.
Eurostar operated a service between London St Pancras and Paris Gare du Nord throughout the pandemic. Passengers are required to wear face masks.
Will I be insured if I go?
The Foreign Ministry no longer advises against all but essential travel to France based on the current Covid-19 risk assessment, which means travel insurance is now much easier to obtain. Check your policy before your purchase.
Do I have to take a test before going to France?
Yes. Even if you have received both doses of the vaccine, you will need to provide proof of a negative PCR or antigen test upon arrival. This applies to all arrivals, whether or not they are vaccinated. It is believed that a complete vaccination record in the NHS app can be used as proof of your vaccinated status.
On July 12, the French government announced that unvaccinated arrivals aged 11 or older are required to show proof of a negative test taken within 24 hours of departure. In addition, you will also need to take a test no more than 72 hours before returning to the UK, and then two more PCR tests after your return (on the second and eighth day). From July 19, fully vaccinated travelers will only need to take a PCR test on the second day of their return.
Do I have to fill out any forms?
Regardless of your immunization status, travelers from the UK must provide a completed ‘affidavit’ (sworn statement) self-certifying form that they do not suffer from symptoms associated with the coronavirus and have not been in contact with confirmed cases in the previous fortnight – and, for those not vaccinated, that they will self-isolate for seven days after their arrival. This is available on the French government website. This should be printed before travel to ensure you have at least one hard copy.
Unvaccinated arrivals must have completed an international travel certificate to confirm the essential reason for their travel. In exceptional circumstances, the French consulate in London may be able to assist with travel for an essential reason not listed on the international travel certificate, according to the UK government.