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MAP: Where can you travel to from France?

France's borders are now open to all European travellers, but plenty of other countries still have restrictions in place - so where can you visit if you're travelling from France?

MAP: Where can you travel to from France?
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From June 15th the EU has recommended a generalised easing of border controls within the European bloc.

But while many countries including France, Germany, Italy and Switzerland have opened up their borders, there are plenty of other countries that are either still restricting entry or imposing extra requirements such as quarantines.

European travel restrictions are based on where you are coming from, not which passport you hold.

So if you're based in France, here's a look at where you can go.

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Open borders

France no longer has any limits on travel for anyone arriving from the EU, the UK or the Schengen zone, although arrivals from the UK and Spain are “invited” to do a voluntary 14-day quarantine.

Other countries that have lifted restrictions are Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Andorra, Italy, Croatia, Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Bulgaria and Sweden.

Spain lifted its quarantine requirement on June 21st, so travel between France and Spain is now open, and high-speed train services between French and Spanish cities are set to resume.

Quarantine and/or compulsory Covid-19 screening

Other countries have imposed compulsory quarantines on international arrivals including the UK. France has  declared a reciprocal quarantine for arrivals in France from the UK, but this is voluntary. The British quarantine has no end date, but is due to be reviewed by June 29th.

Ireland, Iceland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary, Romania, Estonia, Finland and Greece have all imposed quarantines and/or compulsory health screening for arrivals from France.

Closed/Restricted

Within Europe, four countries are still limiting entry – Norway, Finland, Denmark and Malta.

Norway, Finland and Denmark have opened up their borders to arrivals from other Nordic countries, but not to the rest of Europe. Travellers from France need to be able to fulfil the criteria to enter, which includes citizens of those countries, permanent residents, people travelling from other Nordic countries and those travelling for essential reasons.

Malta remains closed to all non-essential travel.

Overseas French territories

Travel outside Europe is still restricted, but if you fancy a longer trip the islands of Gaudeloupe, Martinique and Réunion are part of French territory and therefore have no restrictions for people arriving from France.

Note: Border policies are subject to change and remain at the discretion of the responsible country.

Always check with the responsible country if you will be able to enter with the passport(s) you hold. 

If you are travelling to an EU country, the EU's Re:open site gives the latest travel information.

 

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Travel in Europe: UK to scrap all Covid travel rules

The UK is set to scrap all Covid-19 travel restrictions in what the government described as a "landmark moment".

Travel in Europe: UK to scrap all Covid travel rules

Testing is no longer required for vaccinated travellers, but the UK government has announced that it will scrap all Covid-19 travel rules on Friday, March 18th.

“As one of the first major economies to remove all its remaining Covid-19 travel restrictions, this is a landmark moment for passengers and the travel and aviation sector,” said the Government in a press release. 

From 4am on March 18th:

  • Passengers going to the UK will no longer be required to fill out a Passenger Locator Form before travel;
  • Passengers who are not vaccinated will not be required to take a pre-departure Covid test, or a Day 2 test following arrival. Fully vaccinated travellers are already exempt from having to do this;
  • Hotel quarantine for travellers coming from ‘red list’ countries, of which there are currently none, will also be scrapped by the end of the month. 

“We will continue monitoring and tracking potential new variants, and keep a reserve of measures which can be rapidly deployed if needed to keep us safe,” said UK Health Minister Sajid Javid. 

The UK has lifted all Covid-related rules including mask rules and mandatory self-isolation if you test positive for Covid.

Some European countries still have Covid restrictions in place for unvaccinated people coming from the UK. 

Until March 18th

Until the new rules come into effect, all travellers are required to fill out a passenger locator form. 

Unvaccinated travellers are also required to take pre-departure test and a test on or before Day 2 following their arrival. 

The UK border officers will recognise proof of vaccination provided with an EU Covid Certificate.

For the UK “fully vaccinated” means 14 days after your final dose of a EMA/FDA or Swiss approved vaccine (Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson). 

After a period of confusion, the UK government says that it will accept mixed doses administered in the EU (eg one dose of AstraZeneca and one of Pfizer).

However people who have only had a single dose after previously recovering from Covid – which is standard practice in some European countries – are not accepted as vaccinated by the UK.

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