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What Are The Entry Necessities For France? – Forbes Advisor UK – Forbes

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Updated: Aug 2, 2022, 1:08pm
All Covid-19 travel restrictions for travellers to France have been lifted. This means that the rules that previously applied to travellers arriving in France (as set out below) no longer apply.
Travellers arriving to France, or any of its overseas territories, will no longer be required to present proof of vaccination status or fill out any forms. Nor will they be required to present proof of a negative PCR or antigen test.
Entry requirements for France are the same for all travellers, regardless of whether they have been vaccinated.
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31 March: Travel to France open to both the unvaccinated and vaccinated 
As of 31 March 2022 unvaccinated travellers from the UK can enter France without the need for a ‘compelling reason’.
Unvaccinated travellers who have had one or no jabs are required to provide a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before arrival in France or an antigen test taken within 48 hours before arrival.
They no longer need to quarantine for seven days on arrival.
Vaccinated travellers no longer need to submit a sworn declaration form to confirm a lack of Covid symptoms. They are now only required to show proof of vaccination.
Those who have been administered one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine are being told to wait 28 days before travelling to France, while those who have had two or more jabs of the Oxford/Astrazeneca, Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccines should have had their second jab at least seven days prior to their departure.
Children under the age of 12 do not need to take any Covid tests or show proof of vaccination.
12 February: France drops test requirement for fully-vaccinated Brits
Fully-vaccinated travellers from the UK can now enter France without having to present a negative Covid test taken before setting off.
Those who are not fully-vaccinated will remain subject to a range of restrictions, including mandatory quarantine for 10 days, enforced by the police.
The applicable rules are:
All passengers travelling to France may be screened and asked to take a Covid test on arrival. Those testing positive will be required to quarantine for 10 days.
Access to public transport and entry into certain premises while in France may require the presentation of a pass sanitaire to prove vaccination status or evidence of a recent negative test.
You can find more information on how to access the pass sanitaire from the French government website.
All travellers aged 12 and over entering France, if accompanied, will be deemed to have the vaccine status of their parents or accompanying guardians. Those aged 12 and over who are travelling unaccompanied will need to be fully vaccinated on their own account.
There is no requirement for those under 12 to be vaccinated.
13 January: France removes restrictions for vaccinated travellers from Friday
Alexandre Holroyd, the French Assembly member for Northern Europe, has tweeted this morning (13 January) that the entry rules for those travelling to France will be relaxed from Friday 14 January for people who are fully vaccinated.
The requirement for there to be a compelling reason for travel to France from the UK will be removed, and there will be no need to self-isolate on arrival in France.
However, travellers will need to take a Covid test (and produce a negative result) within 24 hours of starting their journey to France.
Grant Shapps MP, the UK transport secretary, has tweeted: “I’ve just spoken to my opposite number @Djebbari_JB who confirms that, given the UK’s falling infection rate, France will be lifting their ban on British tourists. A negative Covid test will still be required.”
Those who are unvaccinated will still need a ‘compelling reason’ to travel to France (see stories below) along with a negative test. They will also need to register on France’s digital platform before departure, and quarantine for 10 days on arrival.
We will provide further details when they become available.
12 January: France to ease border restrictions “very soon”
France looks set to relax its border restrictions, which currently ban travel between the country and the UK unless for compelling reasons (see story below).
UK tourists have missed out on ski holidays in the French mountains over Christmas as the ban came into force on 17 December, in response to the wave of Omicron cases in the UK.
However, it looks as if trips to the French slopes may still be possible this winter. 
Alexandre Holroyd, the French Assembly member for Northern Europe, informed of upcoming changes to travel rules on his Twitter page yesterday evening, saying “considerable reductions” in border restrictions will be announced “very soon”.
This comes after the French Interior Ministry announced Monday evening that the French regions of l’Ariège, Haute-Garonne, Haute-Pyrénées & Pyrénées-Atlantiques and Landes had been moved out of a state of red alert, which was imposed due to severe flooding.
Currently, five regions are still in a state of amber alert, which requires those affected to follow official advice to stay vigilant, while 27 are in the less severe yellow, where people are advised to be cautious.
A map of affected regions can be found here.
UPDATE 10 January: France allows travel to and from UK for essential work
France has relaxed its border restrictions to allow travel to and from the UK for work purposes that require an on-site presence and which cannot be postponed.
It’s the second move made by the French government to make travel between the UK and France easier, after it imposed an entry ban on most UK travellers, including those travelling for work and leisure, on 17 December 2021.
On 30 December, France announced that British citizens living elsewhere in the EU may travel through France to return to their homes from the UK, though only as a temporary measure (see story below).
All other travel restrictions instated on 17 December still apply. Aside from essential work-related causes, other compelling reasons allowed for travel between France and the UK include if you are a:
More information can be found on the French Interior Ministry website, which has an English language option.
UPDATE 5 JANUARY 2022: The French government has confirmed that British citizens living in the EU are allowed to travel through France to return to their homes from the UK.
The French Interior Ministry tweeted on 30 December: “Instructions of tolerance have been put in place in order to allow these nationals to transit through France to reach their residence in a country of the European Union, during this Christmas and New Year period.”
Eurotunnel has also updated its site, stating: “Passengers travelling from the UK, with residency permits for other EU countries under the Withdrawal Agreement, can now transit through France to return to their homes. This is subject to their journey to the UK having been completed before 28 December 2021.”
UPDATE 16 DECEMBER: The rules outlined in the main body of this article (below) will change at 00.00 on Saturday morning, 18 December, local time (11pm, Friday 17 December in the UK). From that point, the following rules will apply:
Travellers will need an extenuating reason to travel between the UK and France. Travelling for leisure or work purposes will be banned. The French authorities has provided details here.
French citizens, their spouses/partners and children, and British citizens with French residency are among those who will be allowed to travel to France.
Travellers will need to show proof of a negative test (PCR or lateral flow) at their point of departure, taken within the past 24 hours. This already applies to non-vaccinated travellers (see below).
All UK travellers must register where they will be staying online.
They will have to quarantine for 48 hours at a place of their choice. They can end quarantine after 48 hours with a negative test (PCR or lateral flow).
This applies to the vaccinated and non-vaccinated.
From Saturday 4 December, all travellers to France from the UK (and any other non-EU countries) must show a negative Covid-19 test. This can be a lateral flow (antigen) or PCR test, with the results presented on paper or in digital format. 
The test must be carried out less than 48 hours prior to departure and bought from one of a number of listed private coronavirus testing providers (tests from the NHS testing service will not be valid).   
The new rules, announced on 1 December by French government spokesperson Gabriel Attal, apply to both vaccinated and non-vaccinated travellers. 
This is different to current rules (before 4 December) where vaccinated travellers from the UK could enter France just with proof of vaccination and a sworn declaration form, or ‘déclaration sur l’honneur
These less stringent rules will still apply to travellers to France from within the EU after 4 December, as well as to HGV and van drivers arriving in France.
All Covid travel rules only apply to children aged 12 and over, with those aged up to 11 exempt.  
From 15 December, travellers arriving to France from the UK who are aged 65 and above OR who were vaccinated with a Janssen vaccine must provide proof of booster vaccination for their Covid certificate to be extended.
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In line with the current rules, if you are unvaccinated and travelling to France after 4 December you will need to provide an ‘essential reason’ (as set out in the French Government’s International Travel Certificate), as well as a negative Covid test result and a ‘déclaration sur l’honneur
You will then need to self-isolate for 7 days after arrival in France, and take a PCR test after this isolation period.
Currently, France is not imposing any major lockdowns. That said, to enter many venues in the country including bars, restaurants and Christmas attractions, as well as modes of transport such as trains and ferries, you will require a pass sanitaire. This is a QR code you present on your phone to be scanned. 
If you have been vaccinated, you can access a pass sanitaire by uploading your NHS Covid Pass to the French Government website. If you are unvaccinated, you will need a negative result from a PCR or antigen test taken within the last 24 hours to be permitted entry to public venues like these.
It is currently mandatory to wear a face covering in all public indoor spaces in France, as well as when moving around in venues such as restaurants, bars and cinemas.  
Find out more about travel rules for returning to the UK.
Examples of other countries tightening the rules to curb the spread of the new Omicron variant include Portugal – which now requires a PCR or antigen test for all UK arrivals with hefty fines for non-compliance – and Spain, which has now placed a ban all non-vaccinated Brits from entering the country entirely.
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