News Digest: Christmas Travel & Booster Reminders



News Digest: Christmas Travel & Booster Reminders

With Christmas around the corner, we’re here to help make your festive preparations as easy as possible. Here are the French news stories you need to know about this week.

1. Final French Tax Deadline

If you are resident for tax purposes in France, tomorrow (December 15th) marks the final deadline for any corrections to your 2020 tax return. You should have already declared your earnings when you filed your tax return back in May/June, but if you have any amendments to make or want to contest your tax bill, you’ll need to do so by tomorrow. Learn more about the process here, and log on to your online tax account to do so.

And on a more positive note, tomorrow is also the date that France pays its annual Prime de Noël, a Christmas financial aid offered to more than 2 million low-income households across the country. If you are already registered for benefits with the CAF, this additional aid will be automatically credited to your account.

2. Pre-Christmas Travel Preparations

If you are travelling to or from France to spend Christmas with friends or family, be sure to double-check (and triple-check!) the latest travel regulations prior to travelling – with the Omicron variant rapidly spreading, new travel rules are being brought in all the time, and there is every chance they may change again before Christmas.

Just this morning, French government spokesperson Gabriel Atta said that tighter restrictions were being considered on travel to and from the UK if the situation continues to worsen1, but there are currently no indications as to what this may entail.

To help you plan your trip, here’s a round-up of some of our most useful travel articles:

How Does France’s Traffic Light System for Travel Work?

Travel Between France and the UK: New Rules for Nov/Dec 2021

What Are the Essential Reasons For Travel To France From Orange & Red Countries? June 2021

Everything You Need for Post-Brexit Travel Between France and UK: Customs, Border Controls & Document Checklist

How and Where To Get a Covid-19 Test in France (and is it free?)

*Please note: we do our best to keep these articles up-to-date, but we still always recommend checking travel regulations on the French government site, the government site of your home country, and with your airline or transport provider prior to travel.

3. Booster Reminder

Tomorrow also marks the date on which a Covid vaccine booster becomes mandatory for all over-65s to access France’s Health Pass. All over-18s in France are now eligible for a Covid booster five months after the date of their last vaccine. From December 15th, over 65s will receive an alert on their TousAntiCovid app once this five-month mark has passed. You will have two months from that date to receive your booster, or else your pass will be automatically deactivated.

Find out how to get a Covid booster in France.

If you are a French resident over 65, you can now drop-in to any Covid test centre and receive your vaccine without an appointment. Just make sure to bring your Pass Sanitaire and Carte Vitale with you.

From January 15th, 2022, this rule will be extended to all over-18s wishing to access France’s Health Pass. Remember, these rules will also apply to all foreign visitors to France wishing to use the Health Pass.

4. Happy Christmas from FrenchEntrée!

With Christmas fast approaching, we’d like to take this opportunity to wish all of our readers a wonderful Christmas and New Year. Whether you’re celebrating in France with oysters and Champagne, tucking into turkey in the UK, or gathering with friends and family around the world. The FrenchEntrée team will be taking a little break over the festive season, which means we won’t be publishing a News Digest over the next two weeks.

But don’t worry; we’ll still be sending out our weekly newsletter, and to get you prepared for New Year, we’ve asked all our property and France living experts to share their insights and top tips for 2022. Hear what they have to say in our next two newsletters.

We’ll be back in the New Year, with all the latest on France and the French property market. Until then…

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


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FrenchEntrée's Digital Editor, Zoë is also a freelance journalist who has written for the Telegraph, HuffPost, and CNN, and a guidebook updater for the Rough Guide to France and Rough Guide to Dordogne & Lot. She lives in the French countryside just outside of Nantes.

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    2021-12-14 05:49:34
    Dr. Lewis Turchi
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