Here’s everything we know so far.
Am I authorized to travel to France?
From July 19, fully vaccinated Britons returning from Orange List destinations like France will no longer have to self-isolate, subject to testing.
As it stands, under the traffic light system, those traveling to the UK from Amber List countries must take a pre-departure test and then self-isolate for 10 days upon arrival, during which they will have to undergo two PCR tests. (on days two and eight of their return). It will be possible to leave the quarantine on the fifth day, provided that another “exit test” returns negative.
Above all, the FCDO no longer advises against all travel to France, but essential, based on the current assessment of the COVID-19 risk
Should I take a test?
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.
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 days 2 and 8). From July 19, fully vaccinated travelers will only have to take a PCR test on day 2 of their return.
To help streamline the process and make pricing more transparent, the government has launched an official Covid test comparison website. The new gov.uk website provides travelers with information on the cheapest, fastest and most efficient Covid testing companies in their region.
Testing is a key requirement of the UK government’s ‘traffic light’ system and French border controls, and it is likely to remain so for some time.
Should I self-isolate when I return home?
Yes, as France is on the orange list, you will still need to self-isolate for up to 10 days upon your return to the UK. You can pay for an additional PCR test on the fifth day of isolation through the “Exit Test” program.
From July 19, fully vaccinated Britons returning from Orange List destinations such as France will no longer have to self-isolate, subject to proof of a recent negative Covid test on arrival and the second day after your return.
When will France be added to the “green list”?
The UK government has given no indication of when, or even whether, the country will be added to the green list – but it won’t be until the July 19 re-examination at the earliest.