What to know about travelling to France from the UK during COVID-19

The latest on quarantine status, COVID-19 vaccine and test requirements and local restrictions for Brits travelling to France.

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For Britons looking for historical buildings, neon lights, forward fashion and flaky pastries, this all culminates in the romantic country of France.

The country is slowly opening up, but travel is still very much limited for those coming from United Kingdom. So can you visit from United Kingdom, and if so, what do you need to do so you don't get stuck at the airport? We answer the questions Britons may have about travelling to France right now.

Can I travel from United Kingdom to France?

For dual citizens of United Kingdom and the EU, Andorra, the Holy See, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino and Switzerland citizens:

  • The French borders are open though due to the pandemic, although travel for leisure purposes is still discouraged.
  • All essential workers are permitted to enter.
  • All visitors into France must present a negative COVID-19 test and a declaration that they are showing symptoms of COVID-19. They must also agree to be tested on arrival.

For non-citizens of the above countries travelling to France from United Kingdom:
  • Travellers are currently banned from entering France for leisure purposes.
  • You may however travel to France for essential reasons. You can apply for an exemption certificate here.

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When can I travel to France? When will the France borders open?

France's borders are closed to most destinations outside of the EU, including United Kingdom and has no set date as yet on when they will reopen.

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Are there any exemptions for travelling to France?

Yes, French nationals living in United Kingdom and Brits with extenuating circumstances (such as compassionate reasons or for essential work) may travel to France.

If you fall into this category you can apply for an exemption to travel to France from United Kingdom here.

Can I travel to France if I'm a permanent resident or citizen?

Yes, if you're British and a permanent resident or citizen of France, you are allowed to return to your home.

Like any traveller entering the country, those coming from United Kingdom will be subject to the latest quarantine and COVID test rules.

What are the entry requirements for France coming from United Kingdom?

Do I need a permit to enter France?

No, Brits don't require any special permit to travel to France. However, all visitors from United Kingdom must complete a health declaration form prior to departure.

Do I need proof I've had a vaccine to travel?

Proof of a vaccine is not yet required for British travellers to visit France. There have been talks of France considering introducing the need for a digital vaccine passport for international travellers, including those from United Kingdom, however, this has not been confirmed.

Do I need proof I've had a negative test before departing for France?

All visitors must present proof of a negative PT-PCR COVID-19 test, taken 72 hours or less before leaving United Kingdom for France.

If this is not possible you can ask the embassy or consulate of France in United Kingdom for a PCR-test exemption. When you arrive from United Kingdom, you'll need to take a SARS-CoV-2 test and agree to 7 days isolation at your own expense. After this period Britons will be retested before you're permitted to continue your journey.

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