Travel Between France and UK: New Rules from June 2021



Travel Between France and UK: New Rules from June 2021

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:

Read the official rules for travel to and from Red, Amber, and Green countries.

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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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, where she writes her blog Râler Like a French Girl, a humorous look at the English-French experience.

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  •  adrian ward
    2021-06-16 11:18:09
    adrian ward
    It's called the 'Delta variant'.


  •  Mr.Pikhanov Boris
    2021-06-16 02:39:58
    Mr.Pikhanov Boris
    Dear Sirs, I am going to visit London for a period from June 22 to June 26, 2021. I am leaving in Ferney Voltaire in France near Geneva. So I am planning to flight to Geneva from Geneva airport to London and then to come back from London to Geneva airport. I have made 2 vacinations - the second one in February 25, 2021. I have with me Swiss certificate about these vacinations. International certificates will be activated in Switzerland only since June 28. 2021. I have made already 4 PCR tests during my two trips to Spain and paid for it about 560 swiss franks. All these PCR tests were demanded long after my second vacination. Now I have read the rules to go to England and understood that you again wish me to do the PCR test before departure to London. Swiss authorities informed me that I need only simple free of charge test. Would youn kindly inform me who of you is lieing and which tests I need for my visit to London. You description with these colour zone is very bad from my point of view. Regards, Boris Pikhanov, Swiss citizen, June 16, 2021.


  • Norma
    2021-06-16 01:37:19
    Would you please address travel updates between the US and France? We are traveling in Oct. , hopefully.


  • Adrian McBride
    2021-06-13 05:43:46
    Adrian McBride
    We are in the very same position as G From Northern Ireland but travelling on an Irish Passport from Dublin. We have been further frustrated by one Campsite we have booked now giving us 1 week to decide if we cancel otherwise we will not get another deferral nor refund.. I just wish someone would clarify things..Yes or No! If yes then not only what we need but how And where do we get it done...we are stuck in the middle of a political and pandemic quagmire in NI And No one seems willing or able to get us out of it.. A


  •  G
    2021-06-12 06:49:25
    France will not accept as proof of vaccine status, the card that UK vaccinated people living in Northern Ireland have. At present, unlike the other 3 nations, we cannot access a database or get a letter from any government body. We don’t fulfil the essential criteria for travel. A lot of us have dual nationality and have Irish passports, but as vaccination took place in UK, we cannot access the Irish database yet and.may not be able to for some time. We are in limbo and no one wants to help!


  •  Derek Mackey
    2021-06-11 03:12:59
    Derek Mackey
    Hi Zoe Can unvaccinated children from 11 - 17 (17 years old in our case) travel with parents if they have an antigen test? I cannot find any reference to unvaccinated children in the French documentation. Thank you. Kind regards Derek Mackey


  • Wendy Evans
    2021-06-06 01:44:52
    Wendy Evans
    We want to go to our second home in S France by the Shuttle on 16 June. Our last visit in Jan had to be extended due to travel restrictions so we returned to Britain on 27 March. Do you think that French border control would be sticky about letting us go back to our house 9 days earlier than 90 days. We really want to go before any more restrictive changes are made! We've tried to get a visa but they don't appear to be handling them at present at the London Consulate. Phoning and e-mailing proved fruitless also. We didn't want to stay as long as March using up precious days and with Covid, planning has become impossible


    • Zoë Smith
      2021-06-10 04:26:24
      Zoë Smith
      Hi Wendy, Check out our article on the 90/180-day rule for clarification, as you may find you are able to travel in June - it isn't calculated as you might think. However, if you have definitely used up your 90 days, I'm afraid you will not be able travel.