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Travel between France and the UK after July 10th: What’s running and what are the rules?

As of July 10th, the UK is dropping the mandatory 14-day quarantine for people travelling over from France. Here is a look at what you need to know about the services running and the health rules in place.

Travel between France and the UK after July 10th: What's running and what are the rules?
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1. What services are running? 

Eurostar

Eurostar trains are running on a reduced service, with fewer trains than normal. But services will increase gradually.

The company informs customers on its website that, “with restrictions easing, we’re now pleased to serve more destinations and gradually increase the number of our services.”

From July 17th services will resume between London St Pancras and Lille Europe, and from August trains will be begin running to Disneyland Paris.

These services will NOT be running this summer:

  • Between Ashford International and Ebbsfleet International in the UK and Calais Fréthun in northern France. 
  • Between Lyon and Lyon Part Dieu, Avignon TGV & Marseille St Charles. The company recommends travellers who want to get to Avignon and Marseille by taking a Eurostar train to Lille or Paris and changing on to a national high speed TGV train.

Eurostar has made bookings more flexible and passengers may make changes to their journey at any point, according to the company.

For the latest updates on Eurostar's services click here

EasyJet

EasyJet started running some flights on June 15th from key airports and the company should be up to half of its normal service by the end of July.

The only France-UK route operating at the moment is Nice-London Gatwick, but more flights will be added as border restrictions lift, according to the company

British Airways

British Airways's service of flights between France and the UK, including from Paris to London, and Nice to London, has been limited, but more flights became available from July 1st. 

You can check your flight status and make bookings here.

Ryanair

Ryanair has resumed its services between the France and the UK but only 1,000 of its usual 2,400 daily flights are currently operating. Flights are available between London and Nice, Bordeaux, Nantes and Brive-la-Gaillarde.

Brittany Ferries

All ships except these three will run in July:

  • The Étretat route (Portsmouth – Le Havre)
  • The Barfleur route (Poole – Cherbourg)

The Normandie Express route (Portsmouth – Cherbourg). Portsmouth-Le Havre and Portsmouth-Cherbourg will be served by the Connemara Ferry. For up-to-date details click see their website.

P&O ferries

The Dover-Calais ferry service has reopened, but on a limited schedule (down from up to 23 sailings a day to around four lately).

 

Eurotunnel

Eurotunnel services have reopened and the service is operating with two departures per hour in both directions.

 

However, “online bookings are currently going through very slowly due to a large increase in demand.”

“Our phone lines and live chat are extremely busy at the moment,” it states on its website.

They also ask passengers to check in between 45 minutes and two hours before their Shuttle time – not earlier,

 

2. Health rules when travelling

As a general rule, you must wear a mask throughout the journey – whatever the means of transport. All companies have stepped up their cleaning measures to ensure that seats and toilets be disinfected regularly.

There are now no extra restrictions when entering France, but passengers arriving in the UK from France still need to fill in a contact locator form before travelling, despite the ending of the quarantine. You can find the form here.

Eurostar

All passengers must wear a face mask at the stations and on board. Any type of mask is suitable as long as it effectively covers your nose and mouth. 

The company is leaving every other seat empty, which means that your seat might get changed before your journey.

“If your seat has been changed, you’ll get a yellow slip of paper as you go through the ticket gates at the station,” the company states on its website.

Passengers are recommended to arrive at least one hour before the train departs “as checks may take longer than usual.”

The company also states that:

“New hygiene measures mean we’re unable to serve food and drink on board or at our stations. Our Business Premier lounges are also temporarily closed. We’d recommend bringing your own refreshments. Please note: it’s okay to bring liquids through security at all our stations.”

There are no temperature checks on the Eurostar.

EasyJet

All travellers must wear masks at all times at the airport, when boarding the aircraft and on the flight.

The company does not check the temperature of their passengers before boarding, however some airports in France have installed cameras screening the temperature all arrivals.

British Airways

The airline requires passengers to wear a face mask at all times. It also reminds passengers that one mask lasts four hours and asks you to bring enough for your journey.

Like EasyJet, British Airways does not do individual temperature checks during boarding however you may be subject to a general temperature screening upon your arrival in France.

Eurotunnel 

The company says passengers are required to remain in their car while travelling and should take food and drinks with them before departure. 

Both the French terminal building and the UK terminal building have reopened with some shops and limited services available.

The Flexiplus lounges remain closed for the time being, but the lobbies are open for drinks and toilet facilities. The drive-thru is also open between 8am to 8pm with limited refreshments.

The company states that:

“Toilets and vending machines are available in the boarding lanes at both our Folkestone and Calais terminals. Please be aware the toilets on our shuttles are unavailable.”

We're pleased to say our Passenger Terminal Building in France is now reopen. You can find toilet facilities, Starbucks, WH Smith and free WIFI. See you soon. ^Audrey

 

Ryanair

All passengers must wear a face mask at all times in the airport and on board of the flight.

Passengers may be required to have their temperature checked at the airport, prior to security. If they do not pass this temperature check, they will not be permitted to travel on public health grounds, the company states.

Brittany Ferries

Brittany Ferries require that you wear a mask in the public areas on board.

No temperature checks.

The company has published a 12-point guide to safe sailing this summer on their website.

Here is the graphic below.

P&O ferries

Passengers are asked to wear a mask at all times on the communal spaces on the ship and follow the walkways on the floor. Hand sanitiser dispensers are accessible on the ship and the company asks passengers to look out for other health advice.
 
There are no temperature checks on the P&O ferries. 
 
 
Temperature checks
 
There are no temperature checks on Eurostar, EasyJet, British Airways, Brittany Ferries, PO Ferries and Eurotunnel. 

Member comments

  1. I see you do not mention DFDS Newhaven to Dieppe. This has continued running during the lockdown so why not mention it? Why only tunnel, air routes and Brittany Ferries. DFDS is quick and safe.

  2. DFDS Newhaven Dieppe is a very useful and much under-rated service.

    It was fine coming back on Monday, only slight issue was that there were a lot of trucks so it took longer than usual to unload at Newhaven.

  3. You do not mention that Easyjet is flying to Edinburgh, which IS in the IK. So above info is misleading.

  4. “Eurostar has made bookings more flexible and passengers may make changes to their journey at any point”.

    Not at any point – only up to 14 days before departure.

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Where in France do you still need a face mask?

In France, masks will no longer be required on indoor transport as of Monday, May 16th. Here are rules and recommendations that are still in place:

Where in France do you still need a face mask?

Members of the public in France have been asked to wear face masks for the most part of two years, at times even outside in the street.

Since March 14th, 2022, the facial coverings have no longer been mandatory in most establishments such as shops, and as of Monday, May 16th, it will no longer be mandatory on indoor public transport. 

As of May 16th, you will therefore no longer be required to wear a mask in the following transports:

  • Buses and coaches
  • Subways and streetcars
  • RER and TER
  • TGV and interregional lines
  • Taxis

Regarding airplanes whether or not you must wear a mask is a bit more complicated.

On Wednesday, May 11th, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) announced that from May 16th onward it would no longer be required to wear a mask in airports and on board aircraft in the European Union. However, Germany has stated that it does not have the intention of lifting its requirement of wearing a mask on its airlines – this would include the Lufthansa airline. Thus, it will be necessary for passengers to still very to rules each airline has in place, which could be the case when travelling to a country that still has indoor mask requirements in place.

EASA Executive Director Patrick Ky specified that vulnerable people should continue to wear masks, and that “a passenger who is coughing and sneezing should strongly consider wearing a face mask, to reassure those seated nearby.”

Masks still obligatory in medical settings

However, it will still be mandatory for caregivers, patients and visitors in health care facilities, specifically including hospitals, pharmacies, medical laboratories, retirement homes, and establishments for the disabled. 

For people who are vulnerable either due to their age or their status as immunocompromised, wearing a mask will continue to be recommended, though not required, particularly for enclosed spaces and in large gatherings.

Masks are also still recommended for people who test positive, people who might have come in contact with Covid-19, symptomatic people and healthcare professionals.

Will masks come back?

It is possible. French Health Minister Olivier Véran does not exclude the return of mandatory mask-wearing, should the health situation require it.

What are the other Covid-19 restrictions that remain in place?

The primary restriction that has not changed is the French government’s regulation for testing positive: If you are unvaccinated and test positive, isolation is still required for 10 days, if you are vaccinated, this requirement is seven days. Isolation can be reduced from 10 to 7 days or from 7 to 5 days if a negative covid test is performed, and symptoms are no longer present.

READ MORE: EXPLAINED: What Covid restrictions remain in place in France?

The French Health Ministry still recommends following sanitary measures such as: wearing a mask in places where it is still mandatory, hand washing, regular ventilation of rooms, coughing or sneezing into your elbow, and using a single-use handkerchief (tissue).

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