UK to France travel rules: Tourism reopens for British holidaymakers across the Channel

France will lift its entry ban on travelers from the United Kingdom on January 13, 2022, following an announcement by French Foreign Minister Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne.

“People will again be able to travel and ski between France and the UK for leisure,” he said.

The lifting of restrictions means UK travelers will no longer need to show a “compelling reason” for their travel.

France’s decision has been welcomed by travel companies keen to let tourists flow across the English Channel by plane, Eurostar and ferry.

Brittany Ferries CEO Christophe Mathieu welcomed the announcement with “great relief” and said he hoped “we have seen the last border closure of the Covid-19 crisis”.

Thousands of British skiers have already booked holidays in alpine resorts.

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The lifting of the measures also means lifting the highly controversial transit rule that banned UK nationals who were resident in other EU countries from traveling through France to reach their homes.

The news comes as France records a peak of nearly 370,000 infections and a seven-day average of more than 283,000 Covid cases.

Travel regulations from Great Britain to France

Previous UK to France restrictions

France decided to step up restrictions on Britons entering France before Christmas 2021 to stop the spread of Omicron.

The measures required both vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers to show a compelling reason for entering France and then isolate themselves. This included family or health emergencies, not time off.

It was then relaxed slightly to allow access for people “to carry out an economic activity that requires an urgent presence on site”.

Previous rules also meant that arrivals from the UK had to present a negative PCR or lateral flow test taken within the last 24 hours. The standard seven-day quarantine has been shortened to 48 hours if you were able to present a new negative test.

New Travel regulations from Great Britain to France

Arrivals in France no longer have to complete a mandatory isolation period. However, tourists must provide proof of a negative Covid-19 test, either a PCR or a lateral flow test, taken no more than 24 hours before departure.

Those who have been fully vaccinated will no longer need a negative test when returning to the UK.

You can simply do a lateral flow instead of a PCR after arrival.


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