Covid-19 Bulletin no. 52 – Updated Guidelines in France and the UK

Welcome to our fifty-second bulletin during the Coronavirus epidemic. 

With the arrival of the COVID19 variant ‘Omicron’ in western Europe, both the UK and French governments have issued recently updated guidelines and regulations. Please find a summary of the most relevant pieces of information, made public in the last few days.

News from the British Embassy website:
This information is of particular interest for those planning to travel between the UK and France during the Christmas and New Year period.

Passengers travelling to the UK (England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland)
If you are fully vaccinated and arrive in the UK after 4am Tuesday 30 November, you:

  • must self-isolate
  • take a PCR test before the end of day 2 after you arrive (lateral flow tests will not be accepted)
  • can leave self-isolation if your PCR test result is negative

For the UK, proof of vaccination is valid only on condition that it shows a full course of vaccination, i.e. you can only enter the UK a full 14 days after the second dose of the vaccine.

https://uk.ambafrance.org/COVID-19-rules-for-travel-between-France-and-the-UK-28918?fbclid=IwAR0TRfwrlzG87h7Rq9jbFUJ211wBMFdkr78sd68JVNpfPxAQJrlBul7CG5w#t2-10-day-quarantine-measure-imposed-on-passengers-coming-from-nbsp

Passengers travelling to France from the UK
From 4 December 2021, fully vaccinated travellers (12 years old or more), of whatever nationality, have to provide the result of a negative PCR or antigen test (on paper or digital format) carried out less than 48 hours prior to departure. Self-administered tests, whose results are not certified by a laboratory (e.g. tests provided free of charge by the NHS) will not be considered valid for travel.

The NHS has indicated that it will not carry out these tests for travel purposes.

Private entities offering the same service must therefore be used.

News from the French government:
Vaccination of over 65s
Those over 65 will be able to have their 3rd (booster) shot in any vaccination centre, without appointment, from now on.

Home working
The French government recommends that where possible employees now work from home on 2 to 3 days per week.

Primary schools
From 9th December 2021 masks will be worn in school playgrounds as well as in each classroom. Indoor sporting activities will be reduced, in favour of outdoor activity.

Testing will continue and classes will be shut if there are a minimum of three  positive cases.

From Monday 13th December 2021, new systems will be implemented to ensure that different classes do not mingle in school canteens at lunchtimes.

Vaccination of young children
From 15th December 2021, children who are considered to be at high risk can be vaccinated from the age of 5.

From 20th December 2021, all children of 5 or upwards can be vaccinated (to be confirmed).

One other important piece of news in France:
The website Covidliste which enables you to find a vaccination appointment near you and which was suspended on 17th October 2021, has now been reactivated. Even if you have used it before, you will need to register again as a new user.

https://www.covidliste/#new_user

Cancer Support France-Languedoc (CSF-L), Covid-19 response

CSF-L continues to support English speakers touched by cancer in Hérault and Aveyron, as well as extending support to people touched by Covid-19 during the crisis. In line with guidance, this is done at distance. Our Helpline can be reached on 04 67 44 87 06. (This is a voicemail service and we aim to return calls within 24 hours of a message being left).
 
If there is information you would like to share with others, please contact us using our email address: feedback.csflanguedoc@gmail.com
 
We hope you stay safe and well.