Updated PM 18/01/22
Commencing Friday 14th January 2022 fully-vaccinated travellers from the UK will be able to travel to France for their holidays. The borders will re-open between the two countries and a compelling reason to travel is no longer a requirement to enter France.
Here’s a review of what we know so far, and a list of your frequently asked questions.
***Note that we’ve published a separate article on our website concerning in-resort testing, the new Pass Vaccinal and other arrangements HERE. (It’ll be live in a moment, we’re just updating some new details).
What We Know
– New rules concerning travel between the UK and France come into force on Friday 14th January 2022.
– You will not be required to self-isolate on arrival in France if you are fully vaccinated (or if you are a minor accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult).
– You must produce a negative anti-gen or PCR test taken no longer than 24 hours before your arrival. (Note that this cannot be an NHS at home self-test – it should be a lab-certified test).
– The testing rules are for all travellers aged 12 years and over.
– Travellers aged 12 and over must also complete a sworn attestation confirming that they have not experienced any COVID-19-like symptoms or been in contact with a positive COVID-19 case before travel. You can download and complete this form in English HERE.
– Fully vaccinated in France is defined as having two doses of AstraZeneca, Pfizer or Moderna or a single dose of Janssen. A booster shot may however be required for you to access your Pass Sanitaire / soon to become Pass Vaccinal, but it is not required for travel. Read more on this HERE.
– Children aged 18 and under are not required to provide proof of vaccination upon arrival in France providing they are travelling with fully vaccinated adults.
– Unvaccinated adult travellers (or those without a full schedule of approved vaccines) must provide a compelling reason to travel, must complete the passenger EOS form prior to travel and then self-isolate for 10 days on arrival in France.
The following graphic was provided by the British Embassy in Paris on 18/01/22. Note that it’s already slightly out of date as it doesn’t account for the new Pass Vaccinal requirements, which are due to be implemented here in France in the next few days.
Travel to France via Switzerland
– According to the Swiss Travel Check service, if you’re fully vaccinated and travelling from the UK with the intention of landing in a Swiss airport to transit (i.e. exit the airport and change transport method) into France, then you must present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of travel OR a negative anti-gen test taken within 24 hours of travel. (To be clear, the 24-hour anti-gen testing requirements to enter Switzerland are identical to the testing required to enter France. You don’t need to take two tests.)
– You will also be required to demonstrate that you’ve been fully vaccinated as per the French schedule if you’re aged 18 or over.
– The tests outlined above are only required for travellers aged 16 years and over (note that this is specifically for entry to Switzerland. For entry to France, arrival tests are required for those aged 12 and over).
– You must also complete the (very simple) Swiss Passenger Locator Form, which you will find HERE.
Returning to the UK after your holiday in France
If you are fully vaccinated, you do not need to take a COVID-19 test to travel home to the UK after your holiday in France.
You must however, complete the UK Passenger Locator Form, which you can find HERE.
You must also book and pay for a Day 2 COVID-19 test, which can be taken at any time upon your arrival in the UK, but before day 2 of your return (your arrival day is day 0). This test can be either a PCR test or an anti-gen test.
Returning to the UK after your holiday via Switzerland
If you’re returning to the UK after your holiday via a Swiss airport, then you do not need to take any tests to pass through Switzerland. This is because our department (the Haute Savoie) is classified as a ‘border region’ and this testing is not required to pass into and depart Switzerland if you are in transit.
You should however, still complete the Swiss PLF just to be on the safe side, which you can find HERE.
– Check your eligibility to enter Switzerland for travel on to France for your holidays here – https://einreisecheck.admin.ch/home
If only fully-vaccinated travellers are allowed to visit France, are my single-jabbed teenagers allowed to come?
As per the information above, testing requirements to visit France only begin at age 12. So if you have children below this age, and the adults they’re travelling with are fully vaccinated (two jabs and a booster if more than 7 months since your second jab), you’re cruising.
Children aged 12 and over, when travelling with fully-vaccinated adults, must provide a negative PCR or anti-gen (lab certified variety) taken 24 hours before their travel to France commences. You’ll also need to complete the paperwork outlined above for them.
Between the ages of 12 and 18 years, children travelling alone must fulfil the French ‘fully vaccinated’ criteria – that’s two vaccinations. However, there is an exception for children aged 12-18 years who are travelling with their fully-vaccinated (definition as per above) parents. In this case, guidance from the French government states that “The measures applied to vaccinated adults are extended under the same conditions to accompanying minors, whether they are vaccinated or not.” You’ll find confirmation of this HERE.\
The word ‘minors’ is key here – in France that’s those aged under 18 years.
Once in resort, any 12 years, 2 month – 16 year olds will need a Pass Sanitaire to access bars, restaurants and ski lifts. Read our guidance on this HERE.
What happens if my flight is delayed and I arrived more than 24 hours after I took my COVID-19 test?
Geneva Airport have confirmed that, as long as your negative COVID-19 PCR or anti-gen test was valid at the scheduled arrival time of your flight is taken into account, rather than any revised arrival time should you experience a delay.
We’re travelling from a different country. Does this affect us?
Honestly, we’ve no idea! You should check the official government regulations from your own country to France.