France is one of the popular destinations for British tourists, which is currently on the Orange List.
Here’s what you need to know about entry requirements and quarantine rules when traveling to France.
The latest exclusives and the most cutting-edge analyzes, organized for your inbox
What are the entry requirements for traveling to France?
If you are not fully vaccinated, you will only be allowed entry for essential reasons – for example, you have French residency (and must complete an international travel certificate) – and agree to self-isolate for seven days.
However, if you are fully vaccinated, you will be allowed entry if you provide:
- proof of your vaccination status. France will accept the NHS application (England) or an NHS letter (England, Wales and Scotland
- proof of a negative PCR result within 72 hours of baseline (or an antigen test within 48 hours of baseline)
- a “sworn statement” or a duly completed international travel certificate
Those under 18 who are traveling with fully vaccinated adults do not need to self-isolate or provide an essential reason for traveling.
What are the rules in France?
Face coverings are no longer required in outdoor public spaces with a few exceptions including public gatherings, queues, markets and stadiums.
But the mask remains compulsory (for 11 years old and over) in closed public spaces. There is no longer a nighttime curfew and indoor hospitality has reopened, with six people per table.
Retail, cultural and sporting venues are open with capacity restrictions and security measures, but there cannot be outdoor gatherings of more than 10 people.
Tourist accommodation, including camping and caravan pitches, may also open.
What are the rules for amber in the UK?
When you return to the UK, you must follow the Amber List rules.
Before leaving an Amber List country for the UK, you will need to show proof of a negative Covid test.
After you return to the UK, you will need to self-quarantine for 10 days, taking a PCR test on the second and eighth day.
You can take an additional PCR test on the fifth day, and if your test is negative, you are allowed to leave the quarantine early.
The restrictions in place for Orange List destinations do not explicitly prohibit vacations.
However, along with quarantine restrictions which pose a significant obstacle for most people, ministers warned against travel to countries outside the green list for non-essential reasons.
Transport Minister Grant Shapps said “you shouldn’t be going to these places right now,” while former Health Secretary Matt Hancock insisted people shouldn’t travel to countries of the world. the orange or red list “unless absolutely necessary, and certainly not for holiday purposes”.
He told Times Radio: “The Red and Orange List countries are places you shouldn’t go unless you have an absolutely compelling reason. “
The Prime Minister’s official spokesperson was also asked why vacations to Orange List destinations were therefore not illegal, responding: “Our advice is that no one should travel to Orange Countries, this is it is in the interest of public health.
“There may be unavoidable and essential reasons why people still have to travel to Amber List countries, which is why the rules are there.
“It’s right to have this three-tier approach because there are limited circumstances where – for unavoidable professional reasons, for example – it’s necessary to go to those Amber List countries, where we know there are has concerns but do not have specific cases of worrisome variants.
The lists are decided on the basis of the following criteria:
- The percentage of a country’s population that has been vaccinated
- The infection rate
- The prevalence of worrisome variants
- The country’s access to reliable scientific data and genomic sequencing