Can I transit through France / The Netherlands and avoid quarantine?

Transit exemptions for UK nationals primarily only apply to air travel, when changing flights in an international zone 'in airport'.  Where possible current advice is to travel directly to your destination.

If you are travelling in a private vehicle, there are only extremely limited transit emptions for travel by ferry in a private car, or by foot. This applies whether you stop in the country or territory or not. Please note some EU national exemptions may apply please check local foreign ministry rules for your travel restrictions. This page reflects the UK government’s understanding of current rules for people travelling on a full ‘British Citizen’ passport, for the most common types of travel.

You need to follow the rules for the highest risk country or territory that you have been in or passed through in the previous 10 days as the ferry classes as a transit stop and declare all countries on all relevant paperwork/passenger locator forms. 

In particular, if you are travelling to England in a private vehicle, the rules of the countries and territories you drive through apply. This applies whether you stop in the country or territory or not. You also need to record the countries and territories you drive through on your passenger locator form

France Update: Transiting through France from the UK

On 6 January 2022, the French government updated their list of essential reasons for travel from the UK to include transit through France for UK nationals who are resident in other EU Member States or assimilated countries (EEA countries, Switzerland, Monaco, San Marino and Andorra).

Transit for less than 24 hours in the international zone of an airport is also permitted. To consult the detail on the full list of essential reasons for travel see the French government website.

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Due to the recent UK and EU government announcements regarding changes to COVID-19 travel restrictions, we are currently dealing with an unprecedented number of calls to our contact centre team.

We kindly ask that in order to gain answers to your travel queries quicker, please first consider using our Help Centre above to find the latest travel requirements, entry rules and testing information needed prior to your departure.

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