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Passengers warned forms still needed for travelling to the UK from France

Anyone travelling to the UK from France is being warned that they still need to complete the contact locator form before travelling.

Passengers warned forms still needed for travelling to the UK from France
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The UK on July 10th began lifting its quarantine for travellers from certain countries that it deemed 'safe' – including France.

However, although it is no longer necessary to self isolate when travelling to the UK from France, passengers do need to fill out the contact locator form before leaving France.

The form asks for detailed information about your journey, where you will be staying in the UK, contact information and details of someone who can be contacted if you fall ill – so it's best not to leave the form to the last moment as your train/ferry/flight is about to depart.

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The form can be accessed online here and you can show either a printout or a completed version on your phone. You cannot submit the form more than 48 hours before you travel.

The information you need to provide includes;

  • your passport details
  • the name of the airline, train or ferry company you’re travelling with
  • the name of the company organising your tour group – if you’re travelling as part of a tour group
  • your booking reference
  • the name of the airport, port or station you’ll be arriving into
  • the date you’ll be arriving
  • your flight, train, bus or ferry number
  • the address you’ll be staying at for your first 14 days in the UK
  • details of someone who can be contacted if you get ill while you’re in the UK

If you’re travelling by Eurostar or Eurotunnel:

  • put ‘Eurostar’ or ‘Eurotunnel’ when the form asks ‘What is the flight number, train service or ship name that you will arrive on?’
  • provide your scheduled time of departure

People travelling from the UK to France will be given information about the procedure when they leave the country.

The UK did not have international travel restrictions during the strictest phase of the lockdown, but on June 8th introduced a mandatory 14-day quarantine for all international arrivals.

From July 10th these were lifted for arrivals from a list of 'safe' countries which included European countries like France.

The initial announcement from the UK government referred only to arrivals in England, but devolved authorities in  Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland later confirmed that they would be applying the same rules.  

France, along with many other EU countries, lifted its travel restrictions for arrivals from within Europe on June 15th, so there are now no extra measures required at the French border.

From July 1st the EU began opening up its external borders to countries deemed to be low risk from Covid-19, although travellers from the USA remain excluded.

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EU delays passport scan system and €7 travel fee until 2023

Two major changes that were due to come into force in 2022 for travellers entering the EU - an enhanced passport scanning system and the introduction of a €7 visa for tourists - have been delayed for a year.

EU delays passport scan system and €7 travel fee until 2023

Although both the EES and ETIAS schemes are still due to be introduced in the European Commission has pushed back the start dates for both until 2023.

It comes amid a chaotic summer for travel in Europe, with airports struggling with staff shortages and strikes while some crossings from the UK to France have been hit by long delays as extra post-Brexit checks are performed during the peak holiday season. 

The two separate changes to travel in the EU and Schengen zone were originally due to come into effect in 2020, but were delayed because of the pandemic. Now the EES system is expected to come into effect in May 2023, while ETIAS will come into effect in November 2023. 

The EES – Entry and Exit System – is essentially enhanced passport scanning at the EU’s borders and means passports will not only be checked for ID and security, but also for entry and exit dates, in effect tightening up enforcement of the ’90 day rule’ that limits the amount of time non-EU citizens can spend in the Bloc without having a visa.

It will not affect non-EU citizens who live in an EU country with a residency permit or visa.

There have been concerns that the longer checks will make transiting the EU’s external borders slower, a particular problem at the UK port of Dover, where the infrastructure is already struggling to cope with enhanced post-Brexit checks of people travelling to France.

You can read a full explanation of EES, what it is and who is affects HERE.

The ETIAS system will apply to all non-EU visitors to an EU country – eg tourists, second-home owners, those making family visits and people doing short-term work.

It will involve visitors registering in advance for a visa and paying a €7 fee. The visa will be valid for three years and can be used for multiple trips – essentially the system is very similar to the ESTA visa required for visitors to the USA. 

Residents of an EU country who have a residency card or visa will not need one.

You can read the full details on ETIAS, how it works and who it affects HERE.

Both systems will apply only to people who do not have citizenship of an EU country – for example Brits, Americans, Australians and Canadians – and will be used only at external EU/Schengen borders, so it won’t be required when travelling between France and Germany, for example. 

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