Travel Restrictions lifted for UK visitors!
The French government has just announced that the French border opens tomorrow morning 14/01/22.
Our understanding of the travel requirements is:
- Proof of up to date vaccine for adults – not accompanied minors – including booster jabs for over 65s and over 18s from Jan 15, 7 months after the last jab. If you are travelling from England or Wales, you can show the NHS Covid Pass as evidence of vaccination status. There is a similar Covid certificate for Northern Ireland and for Scotland
- A supervised lateral flow test for within 24 hours of departure for all aged 12 plus that meets French entry requirements
- The French Sworn statement confirming you don’t have Covid. The website has not been updated for the new rules but we believe the requirement will be for the pdf under the green country tab here
- If travelling through Geneva airport the swiss entry form (PLF). If transiting straight to France the travel checker suggests there are no entry requirements. To be on the safe side complete the form anyway.
If you are travelling from a country on the French green list, travellers aged 12 and over who do not have proof of full vaccination or a certificate of recovery from COVID-19 dated more than 11 days and less than six months prior must present a negative result of a PCR or antigen test taken less than 24 hours before travelling.
For return to the UK you need only need a lateral flow not PCR within 2 days of arrival back in the UK and to complete a passenger locator form before you return. If this test comes out positive, you must self-isolate and take a free NHS PCR test to confirm the result. (Children aged 5 to 17 have to follow the testing and quarantine rules for people who qualify as fully vaccinated on arrival in England.)
For the French Pass Sanitaire you need:
- Ideally, the TousAntiCovid app with all your vaccination certificates uploaded including boosters where needed (if more than 7 months has elapsed since the date of the second jab). However the vaccine proof on the NHS app will also work with the TAC app that is used to scan in restaurants etc. Either way have a paper copy of your vaccines including QR codes with you. The TAC app can scan paper and if, as rarely happens, the code does not work, you have the written back up.
- For children 12-18 not double vaccinated: a supervised antigen test (see below for how) less than 24 hours old. 12-15s can get a second vaccine dose 12 weeks after the 1st in the UK but it is now possible to book sooner.
And for return to the UK you need to:
- Complete a passenger locator form before you return.
- Take an antigen not PCR test – within 2 days of arrival in the UK. If this test comes out positive, you must self-isolate and take a free NHS PCR test to confirm the result. (Children aged 5 to 17 have to follow the testing and quarantine rules for people who qualify as fully vaccinated on arrival in England.)
Pass Sanitaire – French Covid Pass
- Download the NHS app (not the NHS Covid-19 app).
- Download the TousAntiCovid app to your iPhone or Android device from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.
- Open the NHS app. On the Home page tap “Get your NHS Covid Pass”, then tap “Continue”. On the Get your NHS Covid pass page tap “Travel”, then tap “Show details”. Take a screenshot of your QR code to upload to the TousAntiCovid app.
- Open the TousAntiCovid app. Tap “Open my wallet”, “Add a certificate”, then scan the QR code that you screen grabbed earlier from the NHS app by selecting “image” when it goes to photo mode.
- Your TousAntiCovid will now display a “health pass” in the form of a QR code that can be scanned to enter locations across France.