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The latest news from the British Embassy for UK nationals living in France.

    Travelling from the UK to France

    ⚠️ From the morning of Saturday 18 December 2021 (0.00) onwards, the following rules will apply to all people travelling from the United Kingdom, whether or not they are vaccinated:

    Both non-vaccinated and vaccinated people will be required to have a compelling reason to travel to or from the UK. These reasons are listed in the document here and at the following address: https://www.interieur.gouv.fr/Actualites/L-actu-du-Ministere/Attestation-de-deplacement-et-de-voyage. People will not be permitted to travel as tourists or for professional reasons. Being French is a compelling reason to return to France. French people’s partners (spouses, PACS partners or cohabiting partners (on presentation of proof of cohabitation)) and their children will still be able to travel to France.

    Vaccinated people will have to present on departure a negative PCR or TAG test less than 24 hours old.

    Before they travel, anyone coming from the UK will be required to register on a digital platform allowing them, among other things, to state the address for their stay in France. This platform will generate prefectoral orders requiring all non-vaccinated and vaccinated travellers to isolate in their chosen place. This requirement to isolate can be lifted after 48 hours, on condition that a negative PCR or TAG test is proven.

    Checks by the local gendarmarie will be organized to ensure these measures are properly implemented.
    The Government also calls on people who were planning to travel to the UK to postpone their trips.

    N.B. Self-administered tests whose results are not certified by a laboratory (e.g. free tests provided by the NHS) are not authorized for travel. The NHS has stated that it will not carry out any tests for the purposes of travel. People should therefore use private organizations providing a similar service. No specific tests exist which are linked to the new variant identified.

    Pre-departure tests carried out on French territory may be used for your return to France if they comply with the time criteria (less than 24 hours old) and contain the necessary information (type of test, date and time, name of laboratory, your full name and date of birth etc.).

    N.B. We also strongly advise you to contact your travel operator to find out more about their travel requirements.

    List of documents and negative test to be presented for travel

    Prior to departure, people authorized to enter France from the UK will have to present to the transport company (depending on their situation):

    • Travellers (12 years old or more) have to provide the result of a negative PCR or antigen test (in paper or digital format) carried out less than 24h hours prior to departure.
    • Both non-vaccinated and vaccinated people will be required to have a compelling reason to travel to or from the UK. These reasons are listed in the document here and at the following address: https://www.interieur.gouv.fr/Actualites/L-actu-du-Ministere/Attestation.... People will not be permitted to travel as tourists or for professional reasons. Being French is a compelling reason to return to France. French people’s partners (spouses, PACS partners or cohabiting partners (on presentation of proof of cohabitation)) and their children will still be able to travel to France.
    • Before they travel, anyone coming from the UK will be required to register on a digital platform allowing them, among other things, to state the address for their stay in France. This platform will generate prefectoral orders requiring all non-vaccinated and vaccinated travellers to isolate in their chosen place. This requirement to isolate can be lifted after 48 hours, on condition that a negative PCR or TAG test is proven.
    • sworn statement certifying the absence of COVID-19 symptoms and of any contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the 14 days prior to their crossing.

    Quarantine in France

    All incoming travellers from the UK shall also be required to register, prior to their departure, on a digital platform, specifying the address where they will be staying in France. This platform will be used to generate prefectural decrees requiring all travellers, both vaccinated and unvaccinated, to self-isolate for 10 days in a place of their choice. Visit the following address: https://passager.serveureos.org

    This isolation obligation can be waived after 48 hours, subject to presentation of a negative test result (PCR or TAG) to take 48h after you arrive in France.

    Travelling from France to the UK