Vaccinated Britons can enter France freely from next week
Britons who are fully vaccinated against Coronavirus can enter France with proof of a negative antigen test starting next week and do not need a “compelling reason” to be in the country, according to new rules released by the government on Friday.
Fully vaccinated is defined as two weeks after the second dose of an EU-approved jab, which includes all jabs administered in the UK.
Until the changes, which take effect on June 9, anybody entering France from the UK is required to have a “compelling reason” to do so and must promise to self-isolate.
The relaxed rules will provide some relief to British travellers hoping to come to France this summer.
However, Britons with only one jab or none will only be allowed into France with a “compelling reason” to visit – and must self-isolate for seven days, although this will not be enforced, as well as provide proof of a negative PCR or antigen test on arrival.
It is thought that a full vaccine record in the NHS application can be used as proof.
The new vaccine rules came as France’s tourist minister gathered 30 ambassadors for a remote meeting yesterday on Friday urging them to promote France, the world’s top tourist destination, as open to travellers.
Children accompanying unvaccinated adults will need to have a “compelling reason” for their visit, and will also have to self-isolate for seven days.
No details were provided on a cut-off age for vaccinations, although France’s domestic health pass system waives any testing requirements to the under 11s.
If confirmed as the correct age, this could prove a headache for British families with teenagers or older children this summer, as there are no current plans to vaccinate teenagers in the UK. France, meanwhile, has opened jabs to this age bracket starting June 15.
The new rules, which will kick in on June 9, are more relaxed for EU citizens as they can enter France if vaccinated without any proof of testing at all. Those without a vaccine will have to take either a PCR or lateral flow test before entering the country.
Those who can show they recovered from Covid within six months can also enter freely.
France remains on the UK’s amber list of destinations to which the Government advises against travel.
Those returning from France are subject to up to 10 days of self-isolation and must pay for two extra PCR tests on day two and eight of their quarantine.