The daily train from Amsterdam to London stops in Lille. The operator has therefore announced that fully vaccinated Britons joining the train outside France will be separated from those boarding in Lille.
“In accordance with the guidelines received from the government, we will apply a strict segregation procedure between passengers coming from Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Brussels and those boarding in Lille,” said a spokesperson for Eurostar.
“The first will not have to isolate themselves on their arrival,” they added.
Eurostar customers who no longer wish to travel can exchange their ticket for another date or request an e-voucher.
Customers exchanging their ticket up to seven full days before departure will only pay the fare difference.
Those who change their booking within seven days of departure will be charged an exchange fee of £ 30 for a standard ticket plus any fare difference.
Fully vaccinated Britons crossing France en route from an Orange List country, such as Spain or Belgium, to England will still be considered arriving from France and will be subject to self-isolation rules.
The rules apply to “any fully vaccinated individual who transits through France from a green country or another amber country to reach England,” says the government opinion.
It was announced on Friday evening that double-bitten Britons arriving from France would still be subject to a maximum of 10 days of isolation at home or other accommodation after the rule change on July 19 for fully vaccinated Britons coming from other countries or territories on the Amber List.
They will also be required to book and pay for a test on the eighth day of the PCR test, in addition to following other rules for traveling to England, which include proof of a negative Covid test; book and pay for a second day PCR test and complete a passenger locator form.
They will be able to book an additional test on the fifth day as part of the testing program to free up and potentially shorten their self-isolation time.
Concerns over the spread of the beta variant, originally known as the South African variant, led to the decision to exclude France from the new rules for fully vaccinated UK travelers.
The decision was “following the persistent presence of cases in France of the beta variant, which was identified for the first time in South Africa”, according to the government.
Existing travel rule exemptions remain in place for key workers, such as carriers.