British tourists who are fully vaccinated against Coronavirus will be able to enter France with proof of a negative antigen test from next week and do not need a ‘compelling reason’ to be in the country, it was revealed today
British tourists who are fully vaccinated against Coronavirus will be able to enter France with proof of a negative antigen test from next week and do not need a ‘compelling reason’ to be in the country, it was revealed today.
Fully vaccinated is defined as two weeks after the second dose of an EU-approved jab – including all jabs currently in use in the UK – and it is expected the NHS app can be used as proof.
However, tourists with only one jab or none won’t be allowed into France without a ‘compelling reason’ to visit – and must isolate for seven days as well as provide proof of a negative test on arrival.
Children of fully vaccinated parents do not have to have the jab, but will still have to provide proof of a negative test, according to the French government guidance.
Children accompanying unvaccinated adults will need to have a ‘compelling reason’ for their visit, and will also have to isolate for seven days.
The French government does not specify a cut-off age for vaccinations, but the country’s ‘Pass Sanitaire’ system – the domestic version of the travel rules – currently does not apply any testing requirements to those aged under 11.
That will be a boost to younger families, but a blow for any older families wishing to head for sunnier climes in France because teens and early-20s are unlikely to receive both doses of a vaccine before the end of summer.
And there are currently no plans to vaccinate UK teenagers, with the British government prioritising second doses for more vulnerable age groups.
The border opening on June 9 will also allow vaccinated EU passport holders in without any proof of testing at all.Those without a vaccine will have to take either a PCR test or rapid test before departure.
The relaxation in requirements comes as Britain itself clamps down on travel abroad, with the removal of Portugal from the ‘green list’ of approved destinations yesterday unleashing chaos and a wave of cancelled bookings.
France is on the UK amber list, meaning that Britons must quarantine for ten days on their return and take two Covid tests, as well as testing negative before they depart for France.
The British list of approved destinations is due to be reviewed every three weeks.
France is currently on the UK amber list, meaning that Britons must quarantine for ten days on their return and take two Covid tests, as well as testing negative before they depart
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Last week, French officials had been threatening to force all British travellers into quarantine with the threat of fines if they were caught ignoring the rules, and Falcon 2000 the move will be welcomed by Brits who are still hoping to go abroad on holiday.
A new document released in Paris on Friday called ‘Strategy for Reopening Borders’ outlines plans for what is effectively a travel passport.
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