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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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What are the new Covid rules as France scraps its State of Emergency?

France has ended its Covid-19 state of emergency after more than two years - so what does this mean for daily life in France and travel rules?

What are the new Covid rules as France scraps its State of Emergency?

As of August 1st, France has ended its Covid-related state of emergency, which was put into place at the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020 and was extended several times. Instead the parliament has adopted a bill giving alternative measures in case of a resurgence in the pandemic.

Here is what has changed;

Lockdowns and curfews – The new legislation has taken away the possibility of further lockdowns and curfews without a parliamentary vote.

Although such measures have not been in effect for several months, it was previously possible for the government to implement lockdown measures or a curfew, without needing the agreement of Parliament. 

The vaccine pass – This too has not been in effect for several months, but similar to lockdowns and curfews, the government would need to go through Parliament if it wished to re-instate the vaccine pass.

The health pass – the health pass (giving people the option of showing either a vaccination certificate or a recent negative Covid test) has been required to enter health centres or nursing homes, but this came to an end on August 1st, so there is now no venue in France that requires either a health or vaccine pass.

The scientific council – As of Sunday, July 31st, the scientific council on Covid-19 and the vaccine strategy steering committees have been scrapped and replaced by a new committee to monitor and anticipate health risks. These two bodies, which the government relied on during the Covid-19 pandemic, were dissolved when the State of emergency came into effect.

The new committee will be made up of sixteen scientific or health professionals – yet to be appointed – who will issue opinions on strategies for all types of health risks including infectious diseases of humans and animals, environmental and food pollutants and climate change.

Mask rules – Since May face coverings have face coverings have been ‘recommended‘ rather than ‘required’ on public transport and only remained compulsory in hospitals and other health centres.

Since the end of the state of emergency the government can no longer require masks to be compulsory in health settings, but individual hospital directors, doctors or pharmacies can require masks to be worn.

AP-HP, the public hospitals of Paris, have decided to maintain the requirement to wear a mask in their establishments.

Individual businesses can set dress code standards and require masking on their premises, but general masking in public spaces is no longer required.

However, obligatory masking “could be made compulsory again in the form of ministerial or prefectural decrees, depending on the evolution or degradation of the health situation; if a new problematic variant of the virus is identified,” according to RFI

TravelThe end of the State of emergency means the end of all Covid-related restrictions at the border.

Since August 1st travellers to France – whichever country they are travelling from – no longer need to provide either proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test, an attestation that they are free of Covid symptoms or any justification for their journey. Basically, travel goes back to how it was before the pandemic.

However, the government has retained the right to reinstate compulsory Covid-19 testing at the border if the health situation changes, for example the emergence of a concerning new variant.

This can be done if the Health Minister has reported its necessity and “after the opinion of the competent scientific authority” and does not require a debate in parliament to impose.

The government will maintain the ability to bring in extra testing for those entering or leaving France until March 31, 2023. 

Covid-19 testing – Covid-19 tests will remain free for residents of France who are registered in the French health system and have completed their vaccine scheme. Visitors to France, those not registered in the French system or the unvaccinated will have to pay for a test – prices are capped at €22 for an antigen test or €54 for a PCR test. Tests remain widely available at pharmacies, medical laboratories and health centres.

Self-isolation – if you test positive for Covid you are still obliged to self-isolate. The length of your isolation period depends on your vaccine status and when you test negative for the virus – full details here.

Arrêt maladie – if you test positive for Covid and need time off work you can obtain an ‘arrêt maladie‘ via the online Ameli platform, the MSA, or your healthcare provider. In some situations, this may also apply to you if you are the parent of a child under 16 years of age or of a person with a disability who must isolate due to Covid-19.

Vaccines – Vaccination against Covid-19 remains free and open to all adults without prior condition.

For a fourth dose (or second booster), those eligible include: adults over the age of 60, residents of nursing homes and longterm care units, immunocompromised persons, adults aged 18 to 60 years who are identified as being at risk for severe Covid-19, pregnant women, starting in the 1st trimester of pregnancy, and finally people living with or in regular contact with vulnerable or immunocompromised individuals. 

For those aged 80 and over, a telephone number remains available to help arrange for their vaccination at home or at a health professional’s office.

READ MORE: EXPLAINED: Who qualifies for a second Covid vaccine booster in France?

Tracing tools – Several of these resources will remain in place until next year. First, ‘Contact Covid,’ which monitors and supports infected people, as well as those they have come into contact with, will be extended until January 31, 2023. The national screening information system (Sidep), which centralises all test results, has been also extended, in this case until June 30, 2023.

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