Covid-19 Bulletin no. 53 – New restrictions on travel between UK to France

Welcome to our fifty-third bulletin during the Coronavirus epidemic. concerning new, stricter, restrictions on travel between UK and France.

Faced with the rapid spread of the omicron Covid-19 variant in the UK, the French government spokesman, Gabriel Attal, confirms stricter border controls for travellers entering France from the United Kingdom.

  • Residents of France and French and EU nationals are free to travel but only under the rules of essential travel.

People without French citizenship or residency, tourists and most second homeowners are essentially barred from entering France under the new rules.

According to a government statement, from midnight Saturday (2300 GMT Friday) there will be a “requirement to have an essential reason to travel to, or come from, the UK, both for the unvaccinated and vaccinated… People cannot travel for touristic or professional reasons”.

Rules From Saturday 18th December:

  • A negative PCR or antibody test of less than 24 hours will be required.
  • All travellers from the UK will have to sign up on an online platform before their departure to France. They must mention where they will be staying. Law enforcement authorities will check at the address you have listed to ensure you are not breaking quarantine.
  • 7 days quarantine for arrivals from the UK but this can be shortened to 48 hours with a negative test taken on arrival in France.
  • Passengers arriving from the UK must show a compelling reason to enter France. This will only apply to French nationals and others legally resident in France. Tourism and business trips will not be allowed.


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

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