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If I have had my Coronavirus (Covid19) vaccines can I travel to France?

Latest update 7th September 2021: New measures will apply to travellers from the UK to France.

France update from Sunday 8 August

If you arrive in England from 4am Sunday 8 August, and you are fully vaccinated in the UK, USA or Europe, you will not need to:

  • quarantine on arrival in England

  • take a day 8 Covid-19 test

You must still book and take a day 2 Covid-19 test.

 

Entry requirements for unvaccinated passengers:

Arrivals from the UK who are resident in France may need to show proof of residence. Those who are not French residents or EU nationals will need to complete an International Travel Certificate to confirm their essential reason for travel. In exceptional circumstances, the French Consulate in London may be able to assist with travel for an essential reason not listed on the International Travel Certificate.

Arrivals from the UK will need to complete a ‘sworn statement’ (déclaration sur l’honneur) form self-certifying they are not suffering from symptoms associated with coronavirus and have not been in contact with confirmed cases in the preceding fortnight. This can be found on the French government’s website.

The French government strongly advises limiting international travel to a minimum.

Testing requirements to enter France for unvaccinated passengers:
Travellers from the UK, including children aged 11 and above, will need to present a negative PCR or antigen COVID-19, carried out less than 24 hours before departure.

You should not use the NHS testing service to get a test in order to facilitate your travel to another country. You should arrange to take a private test from a private coronavirus testing provider.

Self-isolation requirements in France for unvaccinated passengers:
Passengers arriving in France from the UK must self-isolate for seven days on arrival, and, if over 11 years of age, take a PCR test at the end of the isolation period. Find more information on how to get a PCR test in France.

 

Entry requirements for vaccinated passengers:

For those who are fully vaccinated will not need to justify an essential reason for travel or to self-isolate on arrival. Fully vaccinated passengers must:

  • Complete a ‘sworn statement’ (déclaration sur l’honneur) form self-certifying they are not suffering from symptoms associated with coronavirus and have not been in contact with confirmed cases in the preceding fortnight. This can be found on the French government’s website

  • Proof of vaccination status

The French Government recognises the following vaccines: Pfizer, Moderna, Oxford/AstraZeneca, and Johnson & Johnson (the vaccines recognised by the European Medical Agency).

“Fully vaccinated” is defined by the completion of a vaccination schedule, specifically:

  • 2 weeks after the second dose of Pfizer, Moderna, Oxford/AstraZeneca
  • 4 weeks after the single and only dose of Johnson & Johnson
  • 2 weeks after the single dose of any of the above vaccines if you have previously tested positive for COVID-19

The French government have provided information on how to prove your vaccination status. See guidance on demonstrating your vaccination status through the NHS

Children over 12yrs

 

Children aged 12 years old or over who are not fully vaccinated and travelling with a fully vaccinated adult are required to present a negative test result (PCR or antigen). However, they do not need to provide an essential reason for travel, nor do they need to self-isolate on arrival.

Children aged 12 years old or over who are unvaccinated and travelling alone are subject to the same conditions adults who are not fully vaccinated. Children aged 11 years old or younger do not need to present a negative test result to travel.


Returning to England

France is on the amber list for entering England

If you arrive in England from 4am Sunday 8 August from France, and you are fully vaccinated in the UK, USA or Europe, you will not need to:

  • quarantine on arrival in England
  • take a day 8 Covid-19 test

You must still book and take a day 2 Covid-19 test.

Unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated passengers must follow the entry rules for amber list countries. You can view these by visiting our France Travel Restrictions page or by visiting the gov.uk site.


Our phone lines are currently very busy

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.

If you wish to speak to an advisor regarding your booking, any amendments or cancellations you can contact us via the methods below. If your query relates to travel in more than 7 days time, please try contacting us again closer to your travel date. We’re working hard to assist those with immediate travel requirements. We thank you for your co-operation and patience at this busy time.

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