Can I travel to France from the UK? – Forbes Advisor UK – .

Can I travel to France from the UK? – Forbes Advisor UK – .

Are you planning to jump over the English Channel in the near future? The entry restrictions in France have, once again, been tightened in the wake of the new Covid-19 Omicron variant. Here is what you need to know.

What are the rule changes?

From Saturday 4 December, all travelers to France from the United Kingdom (and any other non-EU country) must show a negative Covid-19 test. This can be a lateral flow (antigen) or PCR test, the results of which are presented on paper or in digital format.

The test must be done within 48 hours of departure and purchased from one of the many private coronavirus testing providers listed (tests from the NHS testing service will not be valid).

The new rules, announced on December 1 by French government spokesman Gabriel Attal, apply to both vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers.

This is different from the current rules (before December 4th) where vaccinated travelers from the UK could enter France simply with proof of vaccination and a sworn declaration form, or ‘sworn statement.

These less strict rules will still apply to travelers to France from the EU after December 4, as well as drivers of heavy goods vehicles and vans arriving in France.

All Covid travel rules only apply to children aged 12 and over, with those aged up to 11 being exempt.

From December 15, travelers arriving in France from the United Kingdom aged 65 and over OR who have been vaccinated with a Janssen vaccine will need to provide proof of a booster vaccination in order for their Covid certificate to be extended.

What if I am not vaccinated while traveling in France?

According to the rules in force, if you are not vaccinated and travel to France after December 4, you will have to provide an “essential reason” (as stated in the international travel certificate of the French government), as well as a negative Covid test result and a ‘sworn statement.

You will then have to isolate yourself for 7 days after your arrival in France, and undergo a PCR test after this period of isolation.

What happens when I am in France?

Currently, France does not impose any major confinement. That said, to enter many places across the country, including bars, restaurants, and Christmas attractions, as well as modes of transportation such as trains and ferries, you’ll need a health pass. This is a QR code that you present on your phone to be scanned.

If you have been vaccinated, you can access a health pass by downloading your NHS Covid Pass from the French government website. If you are not vaccinated, you will need a negative result from a PCR test or antigen test taken within the last 24 hours to be allowed into public places like these.

It is currently mandatory to wear a face cover in all indoor public spaces in France, as well as when traveling to places such as restaurants, bars and cinemas.

How about coming back to the UK from France?

France is not currently on the “red list” of countries in the United Kingdom. However, if you are fully vaccinated, return to the UK and have not been to any Red List country in the past 10 days, you will still need to self-isolate and have a PCR test no later than day 2 of your return, and then continue to self-isolate until you test negative.

From Tuesday 7 December, all travelers entering the UK aged 12 and over, and regardless of their vaccination status, will be required to undergo a pre-departure PCR or a lateral flow test within 48 hours of departure .

Learn more about the travel rules for returning to the UK.

Are the rules changing elsewhere in Europe?

Examples of other countries tightening the rules to curb the spread of the new Omicron variant include Portugal – which now requires a PCR test or antigen test for all arrivals in the UK with heavy fines for no -compliance – and Spain, which has now banned all non-vaccinated Britons from entering the country entirely.

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