France entry requirements: Covid travel rules for UK visitors

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France recognizes travelers as ‘vaccinated’ for entry purposes if your initial Covid vaccination course was taken within the last nine months

Countries around the world are gradually easing their Covid rules after more than two years of restrictions, making it easier for Britons to travel abroad this summer.

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Travelers planning a vacation to France this year are urged to follow the latest Foreign Office guidelines to ensure they meet France’s entry requirements before travelling, as the rules apply to vaccinated passengers and unvaccinated.

Travel restrictions between the UK and France have been eased slightly (Picture: Getty Images)

What are the entry requirements for France?

Since March 31, fully vaccinated British travelers aged 12 and over must show proof of vaccination to enter France.

The country will accept the UK’s NHS Covid Pass as proof of vaccination status at the border.

To be considered fully vaccinated, your last dose of vaccine must have been administered at least seven days before travel for AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, or 28 days after a second dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

For travelers aged 18 and over, France will recognize you as “vaccinated” for entry purposes if you have completed your initial vaccination course within the last nine months. If more than nine months have passed since your initial course and you have not received a booster since, you will be considered unvaccinated and must follow the rules for unvaccinated travellers.

If your vaccination certificate shows a different name than your passport (such as your surname/birth name), you should also carry any supporting documents (e.g. your marriage certificate) with you when travelling.

UK travelers aged 12 and over who are not fully vaccinated must provide:

  • a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours, or
  • an antigen test result taken within 48 hours of departure

You may also be asked to complete the EU-PLF form before boarding.

You should not use the NHS testing service to facilitate your journey to another country. Instead, it should be arranged privately from a private coronavirus testing provider. Test results must be certified by an approved private test provider to be accepted.

What are the Covid rules in place in France?

From May 16, wearing a mask in public transport in France is no longer compulsory but it remains recommended, especially for vulnerable people.

Some tour operators, such as airlines, may specify the types of masks to be worn on board (such as surgical masks) and may encourage travelers to carry spares for long journeys.

Face masks are mandatory in all healthcare settings, including hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, retirement homes and assisted living facilities, as well as places for people with disabilities.

The health pass is currently compulsory to access the following places in France:

  • Hospitals, clinics, medico-social health establishments
  • Retirement homes, nursing homes, independent residences and serviced residences
  • Establishments for people with disabilities

You can obtain the health pass by fulfilling one of the following three criteria:

  • A vaccination certificate, or
  • A negative PCR or antigen result from a test performed within the last 24 hours, or
  • A document (dated more than 11 days and less than six months) proving that you have recently recovered from Covid

Children under the age of 12 are exempt from the requirements of the “sanitary pass”.

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