What are the new rules for travel from the UK to France?

The French ban on British travelers which began on December 18, 2021 is due to end on Friday.

French Tourism Minister Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne announced the lifting of restrictions with a Tweeter.

“We are relaxing the conditions for entering France from the UK for vaccinated travellers,” he said.

“No more compelling reasons and isolation on arrival. A negative test

“The decree will be published tomorrow morning, effective immediately.”

These are the main questions and answers from 2 p.m. Thursday. They will be regularly updated as new information becomes available.

What do I need to travel to France?

As a UK traveler going on holiday, visiting family or friends or undertaking a business trip, you will need proof of full vaccination. For the purposes of crossing the border, this includes a double shot with Pfizer, AstraZeneca or Moderna, or a single dose of Janssen.

You can upload NHS-generated QR certificates showing your vaccinations to the TousAntiCovid app.

This is most easily done using a smartphone with a download of NHS certificates.

Should I take a test?

Yes. You must have a negative result to a Covid test (lateral flow will do; PCR not necessary) carried out within 24 hours of departure to France. This must be obtained and paid for privately; you cannot use an NHS test.

Forms to fill out?

Yes, two. The first is the passenger arrival form. When filling in this, note that the UK is UK in the drop-down menu.

There is a “postal code” requirement for your place of birth – unless you were born in France, type 999.

When it asks you “What type of accommodation will you be staying in?” select “Individual accommodation”. Do not select “Jail”, one of the other options in the drop-down menu.

You will need to give an approximate location of where you are staying, for which a postcode is required. For example, press 75 in the drop-down menu for Paris and choose the appropriate option for the borough where you will be staying.

The document generated when you complete it must be accompanied by your “sworn pledge to abide by entry rules” – stating that you have not suffered from symptoms of coronavirus and “are not aware of having been in contact with a confirmed case of Covid-19 in the last 14 days”.

This simple one-page form can be downloaded from the bottom of this document.

What is the position of unvaccinated travellers?

It is likely that travel will only be allowed for ‘compelling reasons’ such as urgent family issues – but with mandatory quarantine on arrival.

What do I need to travel to France?

Proof that you have been fully vaccinated – which has a stricter definition than just being doubly vaccinated.

Basically, all adults who received their second shot more than seven months ago should have proof of a booster shot.

This weekend, the rules are getting tougher in France, part of the president’s plan to weed out unvaccinated citizens.

Until now, the TousAntiCovid pass was acceptable with proof of a negative test or recovery; from some point in the very near future (probably Monday, January 17) it will only apply to vaccinated people.

The term used is a get vaccinated, which will be generated from the TousAntiCovid App.

There will be two different passes: Mobility (for travel) and Activity (to access places such as restaurants and museums).

What about children?

The rules should apply equally to everyone aged 12 and over. Children under 12 do not need to be vaccinated or tested.

To obtain proof of vaccination, people over 16 should be able to access the NHS app. Children aged 12 to 15, or their parents, can apply online for an NHS Covid Pass letter, which is then sent to them by post

The big problem for young Britons is that many have only received one shot, which does not count towards France’s entry requirements.

To access the sites in France, children aged 12 to 17 must prove that they have been vaccinated, but are not boosted.

How soon will normal shipping service resume?

Ferry companies, Eurotunnel shuttles (carrying cars from Folkestone to Calais) and Eurostar trains (carrying passengers from London to Paris) are operating as scheduled, with plenty of space available, airlines are unable to accommodate accelerating so quickly.

Jet2 says its ski flights to France will resume on January 22, a week after the ban was lifted. Steve Heapy, Managing Director of Jet2, said: “This is the good news that skiers and snowboarders have been eagerly awaiting, and the surge in ski flight bookings has been both strong and immediate.

“Snow conditions in the French Alps are known to be excellent, which means our customers are jumping at the chance to get back on the slopes.

“We know how much our customers want to return to the French Alps and we are very happy to fly them there again from next weekend.”

Meanwhile, ferry operators are reporting ‘hot phones’ as travelers book trips to France.

I just want to cross France to go somewhere else. Do I have to go through all this?

Yes. You must also meet all requirements of your destination country.

What should I do to return to the UK?

Book a so-called ‘day two’ test (side stream will do) to take on the day of your return or one of the following days, and use the reference number to complete a passenger locator form. More details in this explanation.

Why was a ban imposed on UK travellers?

When France closed its borders to British visitors on Saturday December 18, the Interior Ministry in Paris said the move was “in response to the extremely rapid spread of the Omicron variant in the UK”.

The ban applied regardless of the traveller’s vaccination status. A few “compelling reasons” were allowed to travel from the UK to France, including the automatic right for French citizens to return and for EU nationals to pass through their main place of residence.

A week ago, exemptions were extended to include essential business travel and for UK residents from other European Union countries to transit to their mainland homes.

Why did the French ban last so long?

The borders will be closed for almost four weeks. Its original purpose – concern over the rapid spread of the Omicron variant – has long been futile. Year-to-date, France has had a rate of new Covid infections around twice as high as the UK, almost all attributable to Omicron.

The ban is clearly both futile and damaging – emotionally for many people deprived of family visits and holidays, and economically for ferry, train and plane operators as well as the French tourism industry.

The kindest explanation for why France continued its unnecessary border closures for so long is that there were fears that large numbers of British visitors testing positive for coronavirus could add to the pressure. on the French health service.

But politics provides more plausible explanations – in particular the need felt by world leaders to get tough in imposing travel bans.

Some say the ban was a political response to the UK’s bizarre decision in July 2021 to create a special ‘amber plus’ category in coronavirus travel rules, requiring all arrivals from France to be quarantined .

British ministers attributed the ban to a variant of widespread concern on the French island of Reunion, but never fully explained why the island itself was exempt from the category.

Also, opening borders to Britons while closing major events in France and having people work from home is unlikely to be popular – except among people and businesses who directly benefit from British tourism.

But the pursuit of an unnecessary travel ban may just be another example of the tendency for governments to be very quick to impose restrictions while being very slow to ease them.

Do other countries have a blanket ban on UK travellers?

China, Australia, New Zealand and other countries in the Asia-Pacific region have very strict rules in place against arrivals from most or all foreign countries, which amount to travel bans .

Elsewhere, the restrictions are less onerous – although the Foreign Office says: “Entry to Turkmenistan is prohibited except for Turkmen nationals and accredited diplomats, permanently registered foreigners and certain employees of companies and institutions. International organisations”.

What is the general opinion on travel bans?

The World Health Organization (WHO) doesn’t think they do much good. On November 30, 2021, as concern grew over the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, the body said: “Blanket travel bans will not prevent international spread, and they take a heavy toll on lives and livelihoods. of subsistence.

“Furthermore, they can negatively impact global health efforts during a pandemic by deterring countries from reporting and sharing epidemiological and sequencing data.”

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