Key points to note about Covid vaccines for UK-France travel – .

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Key points to note about Covid vaccines for UK-France travel – .


Travel from UK to France

Quarantine / test rules

The UK is on France’s Amber Travel List. This means that fully vaccinated travelers can enter France by presenting only:

  • proof of vaccination status
  • a completed “declaration on honor” form (available on the French government website) certifying that you do not suffer from symptoms linked to the coronavirus and have not been in contact with confirmed cases at during the last fortnight

Travelers not fully vaccinated should provide:

  • An essential reason for travel, which generally involves having the right to live, work or study in France. A full list can be found at this link, look for the PDF document titled “List of Compelling Reasons – Orange Country”.
  • Proof of a negative Covid test, either PCR or rapid antigen, carried out within 24 hours of departure
  • a duly completed “affidavit”
  • A written promise to agree to take a Covid test on arrival if the authorities request it
  • A written promise to self-isolate for seven days upon arrival in France

All the documents mentioned above are available on the website of the French Ministry of the Interior at this link. Click on the option: ‘MOVING TO / FROM A COUNTRY IN THE ORANGE ZONE’

Traveling with children:

All minors, that is to say those under 18, are considered to have the same vaccination status as the accompanying adult.

France’s travel rules state:

“The measures applied to adults who have been vaccinated extend under the same conditions to accompanying minors, whether or not they are vaccinated.

However, all children 12 years of age and over who are not fully vaccinated, whether or not the accompanying adult is, must still show proof of a negative Covid test carried out 24 hours before departure.

No one under the age of 12 needs proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test.

France’s health card

UK vaccination certificates can be downloaded from the French TousAntiCovid phone app. Travelers to France can then show their vaccination certificates through this app to enter public places, such as restaurants and museums that require a sanitary pass (sanitary pass).

Currently, anyone aged 12 and over is required to present a Covid health pass to enter the majority of public places in France, including restaurants, cafes, cinemas, museums, shops and theaters. This measure will remain in effect until at least November 15.

Unvaccinated travelers can take a Covid test in France which can act as a health pass and remains valid for 72 hours.

You can read more about getting a Covid test in France in our article here. Scroll down to the section: ‘Where to take a Covid-19 test in France’

French health pass for children

There is a good chance that British children traveling to France will not yet be fully immunized. In this case, the easiest way for them to obtain a health pass to enter public places will be to take Covid tests every 72 hours, or as they need to enter public places. public places requiring a health pass.

You can read more about this in the following articles:

Travel to France: are the under-18s covered by the parents’ Covid vaccination status?

Can I visit France from the UK with my 16 year old son who has had a Covid vaccine?

Traveling from France to UK

Leave France

If you are not fully vaccinated against Covid, you must give an essential reason for going there as the UK is on France’s orange list.

Being a British national is considered an essential reason.

It should be noted that even if you are fully vaccinated against Covid, airlines may still ask you to provide an essential reason for traveling from France to the United Kingdom.

You can find a full list of essential reasons on the French government website here

Quarantine / test rules

If you are fully vaccinated then before entering the UK (48 hours prior to arrival) you must complete a form with your contacts, home or other address where you will be staying, and travel details. This procedure is carried out on the UK government website here.

You must also book and pay in advance for a Covid test to be taken within two days of arriving in the UK.

Read more: France-UK Travel: Cheaper “Second Day” Covid Tests to Begin October 24

The rules and systems are different for unvaccinated travelers and may also vary depending on where you are traveling in the UK. See the specific rules for traveling from France to England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales at these links.

Mixed doses

The UK government has said it now recognizes people who have received two different types of Covid vaccines as fully vaccinated in an update made on September 22.

This applies to people who have been vaccinated with AstraZeneca, Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and / or Janssen (Johnson & Johnson), as part of a vaccination program in the UK, Europe, USA or in the overseas territories of the United Kingdom.

Previously, the UK government said a person must have two doses of the same type of vaccine in order to be recognized as fully vaccinated. This rule only applied to England and was not included in the rules for Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales.

Read more: France-UK Travel Update: Mixed Covid Vaccines Now Recognized by UK

Maiden names

There is a persistent problem for some non-French women in France whose identity card or passport bears their marriage name, while their French vaccination certificate against Covid bears their maiden name, as is the norm. in French systems.

This issue has not yet been resolved. The Connexion has emphasized this on several occasions to the French Ministry of Health.

You can read our latest coverage of the issue at the following links:

French Covid pass maiden name issue continues to pose problems

“The question of the maiden name of the French Covid certificate almost cost me my flight”

Reading tips for young girl names on French vaccination certificates

French vaccination certificates and UK contact tracing

Hundreds of vaccinated people traveling from France to the UK are being asked to self-isolate in the UK due to being reported as a Covid contact case after a flight.

Travelers who are vaccinated in the UK with the same vaccines and who were traveling on the same flights do not need to self-quarantine.

This takes many people by surprise because on August 16 the UK government exempted fully vaccinated people from the 10-day self-isolation requirement imposed on close contacts of a confirmed coronavirus case.

However, the Covid isolation regulations for England state that a person is only considered fully vaccinated for contact tracing purposes if their “course of doses was administered … in the UK”.

This excludes both Britons and foreign nationals who have been vaccinated abroad.

You can find out more about it here: French vaccines and UK contact cases: “it’s absurd, we have to quarantine”

Covid Passports

Scotland and Wales have implemented a system similar to France’s Covid health pass, in which people must show proof of their Covid status to enter certain public places and events.

The governments of both countries have confirmed to The Connexion that Covid vaccination certificates issued in France will be accepted under these programs.

You can read more about this in the following articles:

French vaccination certificates compatible with the Welsh Covid pass scheme

French vaccination certificates compatible with the Scottish scheme of the Covid pass

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