Pre-departure information: travelling between the UK and France

This article was last updated 24/01/22 PLEASE NOTE: This is our interpretation of the guidelines in place. Please satisfy yourself that you are aware of the latest rules before you travel.

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Advice from the UK government for travel to France can be found here: FCDO Advice – France. We also recommend that you visit the website of your airline or, if you are driving, the Eurotunnel or ferry company website, which will also contain useful information for entering France.

If you are travelling through another country on your way to France e.g., Switzerland, please check the specific entry requirements for that country too. Advice from the UK government for travel to, or transit through, Switzerland can be found here: FCDO Advice – Switzerland

Below is a summary of the rules in place when this article was last updated (24/01/22).

OUTBOUND TRAVEL FROM THE UK TO FRANCE

If you are a fully-vaccinated* adult or if you have a Recovery Pass**

  • You do not need an ‘essential reason’ to travel to France
  • You do not need to self-isolate when you arrive in France

However, despite being fully vaccinated, there are three documents you will need to have:

  1. A ‘déclaration sur l’honneur’ (Sworn Statement): a form agreeing that you do not have any COVID symptoms and have not been in contact with anyone confirmed to have COVID, in the two weeks before you travel to France. Please note, the UK is considered an amber country by France.
  2. Proof that you have been fully vaccinated. France recognises the following vaccines:
    a. Pfizer
    b. Moderna
    c. Oxford/AstraZeneca
    d. Johnson & Johnson.
  3. You will need to take an administered COVID test before you leave, within 24 hours of departing for France. This can be a PCR or Antigen test, but you should not use NHS tests for this. You should bring proof of your negative result.

* In France, fully vaccinated is dictated as: 4 weeks after the single and only dose of Johnson & Johnson, or 1 week after the second dose of Pfizer, Moderna, Oxford/AstraZeneca. If you received your vaccination through the NHS, you should download your NHS COVID pass as proof.

** A Recovery Pass is proof of recovery from COVID, generated through the NHS app. You will need to have had a positive PCR test more than 11 day and less than 180 days before you travel. The Pass will include a QR code.

For children between the ages of 12 years 2 months and 18 years, unless they have been double vaccinated, the French authorities will treat them as not fully vaccinated.

  • All children will also need to complete the above ‘sworn statement’ (déclaration sur l’honneur).
  • All children over the age of 12 years must also present a negative test result (PCR or antigen) taken within 24 hours of departure. This can be a PCR or Antigen test, but you should not use NHS tests for this and you cannot use a self-administered test. Assuming they are travelling with a fully vaccinated adult, the child does not need to provide an essential reason for travel nor self-isolate on arrival.

If you are an adult that is not fully vaccinated, or don’t meet France’s criteria for being fully vaccinated (see above) by the time you want to travel to France, you will need:

  1. An essential reason to travel to France. View the French Government’s website for details on suitable reasons.
  2. A completed International Travel Certificate.
  3. A negative test result (PCR or antigen) taken within 24 hours of departure. This can be a PCR or Antigen test, but you should not use NHS tests for this and you cannot use self-administered tests.

Travelling from the UK to France via Switzerland

  • In addition to the documents and rules outlined above, to gain entry to France, all travellers transiting through Switzerland to reach France must have proof of their accommodation in France and of their onwards transfer to reach it.
  • Travellers entering Switzerland to transit to another destination (e.g. France) are required to show a negative Lateral Flow or PCR test from less than 24 hours before boarding.
  • All travellers must also complete a Swiss Entry Form which can be found here.

Returning to the UK via Switzerland

  • You will need to complete another Swiss Entry Form but you will not need to repeat a test to enter Switzerland from France.

INBOUND TRAVEL FROM FRANCE TO THE UK

There may be different rules, depending on if you are travelling back to (or through) England, Scotland or Wales after your ski holiday. Please make sure you check the exact details for the country you’re returning to here: https://www.gov.uk/uk-border-control

  1. All people aged 12 years and over must take a PCR or LFD COVID-19 test before they travel to England from abroad. You must take the test in the two days before your service to England departs. If your journey to England is a multi-leg journey, you must take the test in the two days before the start of the first leg. This will apply whether you qualify as fully vaccinated or not. Children aged 11 and under are exempt from taking the test.

All travellers over the age of 4 years must, before returning back to England:

  1. Order a COVID test: to be taken after you arrive back in the UK. NOTE: from the 11th of February 2022, fully vaccinated travellers returning to the UK will not be required to take a COVID test.
  2. Complete a passenger locator form in the 48 hours before you arrive back in England. You will need to enter a code that is provided on your COVID test order, so do that first!

When you’re back in the UK

All travellers over the age of 4 years must, after arriving back in England:

  1. Take a PCR or antigen (lateral flow) test within 48 hr of arrival and quarantine until you receive negative results.


PLEASE NOTE: This is our interpretation of the guidelines in place. Please satisfy yourself that you are aware of the latest rules before you travel. 

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