From Saturday 18 December 2021, for all people, whether vaccinated or not, the following rules will apply (except for freight drivers): 

  • Requirement to have a compelling reason for travelling to or from the UK, for both unvaccinated and vaccinated people. These reasons are listed here. They will not allow travel for tourism or business purposes. However, these compelling reasons will not apply to French nationals and their spouses and children who will still be able to travel to France.
  • Requirement for vaccinated persons to present a negative PCR or TAG (antigenic) test less than 24 hours old at departure, which is equivalent to an alignment with the rules already in force for non-vaccinated persons.
  • Obligation for all travellers from the UK to register, prior to their trip, on a digital platform allowing them to enter the address of their stay in France. This platform will make it possible to generate prefectoral decrees requiring all travellers, whether unvaccinated or vaccinated, to be isolated in the place of their choice. This isolation obligation can be lifted after 48 hours, provided that a negative PCR or TAG (antigenic) test can be demonstrated.

Controls will be organised to ensure the proper implementation of these measures. 

The Government also calls on travellers who had planned to go to the UK to postpone their trip. 

Please note that self-administered tests, the results of which are not certified by a laboratory (e.g. tests provided free of charge by the NHS), are not permitted for travel. The NHS indicates that it will not carry out any tests for travel. It is therefore necessary to use private structures offering a similar service. There is no specific test for the new variant that has been identified. 

The pre-departure test carried out on French territory can be used for your return to France if it respects the time criteria (less than 48 hours) and has the necessary information (type of test, date and time, name of the laboratory, your name, first name, date of birth, etc.). 

Please note: We strongly recommend that you contact your travel company to obtain details of their transport conditions.

NOTE: This does not apply to freight drivers. 


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