What exactly are the current rules for travel between the UK and France, and how can French property buyers and second-home owners visit?
First things first: remember that there are two sets of rules you need to take into account – those for entering or returning to France and those for entering or returning to the UK. Regardless of which country you are resident in, you will need to follow the set of rules laid out by the destination country you are travelling to. Here’s the latest on both.
France’s Travel Rules
France is currently operating a traffic light classification system for travel. The UK is currently classed as a Green country. Here are the latest rules for travelling to France from the UK.
You may travel to France for any reason including tourism, family visits, or to stay in your second home. You will need:
- to show proof of vaccination
You do not need to provide the previously required ‘declaration sur l’honneur‘ (a sworn statement stating that you have no Covid-19 symptoms), nor do you need to take a Covid-19 test prior to departure.
Unvaccinated travellers may also travel to France for any reason including tourism, family visits, or to stay in your second home. You will need:
- proof of a negative antigen taken within 48 hours or PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure for all passengers aged 12 and over (this must be a ‘fit to fly’ test with a scannable QR code that has been processed by a laboratory – home tests are only accepted if the results are verified by a lab).
You do not need to provide the previously required ‘declaration sur l’honneur‘ (a sworn statement stating that you have no Covid-19 symptoms), nor do you need to self-isolate or fill in a passenger locator form.
**What Counts As Vaccinated Under French Rules?
As of January 30th, 2022, all travellers to France must have received a booster vaccine within nine months (270 days) of your second vaccine dose in order to be considered “fully vaccinated” for entry to France.
UK Travel Rules
The UK is now operating a ‘red list’ for travel with stricter rules applying to countries on this list. France is not currently on the list, meaning that vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers may visit the UK providing they meet the following conditions.
Friday, February 11th, fully vaccinated travellers will no longer need to pre-book and take a Covid test on Day 2 of arrival. Unvaccinated travellers will still need to present a negative pre-departure test and also take a Day 2 test on arrival; however, they will no longer be required to quarantine on arrival or take a second PCR test on Day 8.
Vaccinated Travellers Entering the UK
As of March 18th 2022, the UK has lifted all Covid-19-related rules for entering (or returning to) the UK. All travellers, regardless of vaccination status or country of origin, will now be able to enter the UK without filling in a passenger locator form, taking Covid tests (either before departure or after arrival), or undergoing quarantine.
Traveling Between the UK and France
The rules on travel between the UK and France are constantly changing, and it’s important to keep on top of any changes if you plan to travel. Keep an eye on the government sites for the latest updates and bookmark this page—we’ll keep it updated as soon as we know more.
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