After a temporary increase in restrictions on those travelling from the UK due to concerns over the ‘Indian variant’, France has now introduced its new traffic light classification system for travel. So, what exactly are the current rules for travel between the UK and France, and when can second-home owners expect to be able to visit their French property?
France’s Travel Rules
As of June 9th, France has announced its new traffic light classification system for travel. The UK is now classed as an Orange country, which means that travellers from the UK who are fully vaccinated can once again travel without needing an essential reason to travel.
However, non-vaccinated travellers will still need to have an essential reason or ‘motif imperieux’ to travel. You can find the full list of essential reasons for travel from the UK to France here, but they do not include second-home owners visiting their French property, property buyers, or those who wish to visit friends and family in France.
You will also need to present a negative Covid-19 test (an “RT-PCR-COVID” virological screening test or an antigenic test), which must be carried out less than 48 hours before departure for an antigenic test or less than 72 hours for a PCR test (for connecting flights, this is from the departure time of the first flight). Travellers under 11 years old do not need to take a test.
Find out everything you need to know about France’s Traffic Light System for Travel here.
Check the latest rules for travel to and from France here.
UK Travel Rules: Can You Travel to An Amber List Country?
On the UK side, since May 17th, it is now possible for UK residents to travel in and out of the country again. However, there are strict limitations in place. The UK is operating a ‘traffic light’ system with different rules applying to countries on the ‘green’, ‘amber’, and ‘red’ lists.
France is currently on the AMBER list. The government states that ‘you should not travel to amber list countries or territories for leisure purposes.’ Therefore, while it is possible to travel to France, it is not recommended unless you have a compelling reason (which you will need to enter France anyway!).
For travel to France, you will need to follow the French entry requirements laid out above.
From the UK side, the rules for entry (or returning) from an Amber country such as France are as follows:
- You must present a negative COVID-19 test
- You must book and pay for 2 x COVID-19 travel tests, which will need to be taken on day 2 and day 8 after your arrival in England. (The costs of these vary, so it’s worth shopping around, but expect to pay a minimum of £100 per test).
- You must present a completed passenger locator form
When Can We Travel Between the UK and France?
The rules on travel between the UK and France are constantly changing, and there are currently no estimations as to when these latest restrictions will be lifted. 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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