From the beloved Eiffel Tower to sweet lavender fields, many Brits love to visit the country that is home of the city of love. As the sun makes more appearances and warms the UK, the more we are reminded of taking a break to spend time outdoors.
Holidaymakers wanting a sunny trip to France will need to familiarise themselves with the latest travel restrictions to travel into the country. Even though the UK removed Covid-19 restrictions back in March, many countries have kept certain rules in place.
This may be the first year that many will be holidaying since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Before hopping on a flight at Heathrow Airport or other airports across Britain, it is always best to check the travel and Covid-19 requirements.
Do I need to take a coronavirus test to travel to France?
From March 31, people wanting to enter France who are fully vaccinated must provide proof of vaccination. You may also be asked to fill in a form before boarding the plane.
Foreign Office travel advice states: “For travellers aged 18 and over, France will recognise you as ‘vaccinated’ for entry purposes if you completed your initial vaccine course within the last 9 months. If more than 9 months have elapsed since your initial course, and you have not since received a booster, you will be considered unvaccinated.”
If you are not fully vaccinated, travellers aged 12 and over need to provide a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours or an antigen test result taken within 48 hours before departure. You may also be asked to fill out a form before boarding.
Are there any Covid restrictions in France?
Wearing masks on public transport is no longer compulsory from May 16 though wearing masks on public transport is still recommended. Specific travel operators may specify the type of masks to be worn on board and may encourage passengers to take spares.
While there are currently no travel restrictions in France, rules can still change at short notice so make sure you keep up to date when visiting. Face masks are still mandatory in all health establishments such as hospitals and retirement homes.