Travelers from the UK will have to provide “compelling reasons” to enter France from Monday as the French authorities tighten restrictions to prevent the spread of the Indian variant of the coronavirus.
Travel to France from the UK is only permitted for EU citizens, residents of France or those traveling for essential reasons.
Those who are allowed to travel must take a Covid test before departure and quarantine for seven days on arrival.
The UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) said the new French regulations apply to all air, car, ferry and train passengers.
France is currently classified by the UK government as an “amber” travel destination, which is advisable against traveling there. UK authorities are requiring people to self-isolate for 10 days and have two Covid tests when they return.
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian first introduced stricter rules for visitors from the UK last week when he was concerned about the Indian variant.
A statement of the new rules on the website of the French Consulate General in London states: “With the development of the so-called Indian variant, health measures for people traveling from Great Britain to France have been tightened.”
As of Monday morning, “compelling reasons are required for foreigners outside the EU who are not based in France to travel from Great Britain to France”.
The website says, “Anyone traveling to France from the UK will require a PCR or antigen test that is less than 48 hours old.” Upon arrival, “Travelers are required to self-isolate for seven days”.
The information added that “due to the low incidence of Covid in the UK, there are currently no systematic checks on where they are”.
Travelers entering France from outside the European Union, including the UK, are required to sign an affidavit stating that they will not have any symptoms of Covid and that they will not know that they will be in with someone with the disease in the 14 days prior to their travel Stay in contact.
In addition to proof of the negative Covid test before departure for people aged 11 and over, an affidavit to self-isolate for seven days on arrival in France and a second PCR test must be carried out after the quarantine.
The consulate’s website states that vaccinated people will continue to be subject to the same rules and that people are “strongly advised” to keep international travel “to a minimum”.
France’s move follows Germany and requires people arriving from the UK to be quarantined for 14 days, again in response to the spread of the Indian variant.