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France to lift travel restrictions for UK arrivals – as long as they are fully vaccinated

Less than two weeks after the introduction of tough new restrictions on travel from the UK, France is set to relax the rules for fully vaccinated travellers from across the Channel.

France to lift travel restrictions for UK arrivals - as long as they are fully vaccinated
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Since May 31st, anyone travelling from the UK has only been allowed into France if they can fit one of the narrow criteria for essential travel. This rule was imposed due to the increase in infections linked to the Delta variant, first detected in India.

But from June 9th France will bring in a new traffic light system for entry which classifies  countries based on the level of Covid-19 spread and the presence of variants.

The UK has been classed as orange which means the Covid-19 virus is actively circulating but in a controlled way and there is no presence of “worrying variants”. That definition might appear slightly inappropriate given the spread of the Delta variant in the UK. 

Nevertheless the orange classification means that the rule that allowed only essential travel will be lifted for those who are fully vaccinated. Travellers are warned, however, that country ratings can change if the health situation deteriorates.

You can find a full explanation of how the traffic light system works HERE.

MAP: Which countries has France placed on its green list for travel

From Wednesday, June 9th, travellers from the UK who are fully vaccinated are again allowed in to France for any reason, including tourism, visits to family and friends and visits to second homes.

They will, however, still have to present a negative Covid test at the French border carried out within the previous 72 hours and will have to quarantine when they return to the UK as per the current British government rules.

For travellers who are not fully vaccinated the current rules still apply – travel allowed for essential reasons only, people who qualify must present a negative Covid test (antigen or PCR) taken within the previous 72 hours and quarantine for seven days on arrival before taking a second test.

You can find the full list of accepted reasons for essential travel HERE.

To qualify as fully vaccinated, travellers must:

  • Have received a vaccine that is approved by the European Medicines Agency – Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca or Johnson & Johnson (known as Janssen in France) 
  • Be at least two weeks after the second injection for double-dose vaccines or for two weeks after a single dose for those people who had previously had Covid-19
  • Be at least four weeks after the injection for people who had the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine

The Local has requested clarification on what proof of vaccination will be accepted by French border police on entry into the country.

Member comments

  1. What about german passport holders living in UK but travelling to France? Having a second home there.And can their children also german passport holders come and visit their parents from UK to France

    1. I believe anyone holding an EU passport can travel freely within the schengen zone with proof of vaccine or a negative test, no matter where you reside.

  2. I’ve read yesterday in the Guardian that kids of double vaccinated adults are allowed in with PCR tests, so that is a relief

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France increases to €9,000 grants for property owners

A French scheme to provide financial aid to property owners seeking to replace oil and gas boilers with eco-friendly alternatives has been extended, with grants of up to €9,000 now available.

France increases to €9,000 grants for property owners

The French government will increase the amount of money available to replace gas and oil-powered boilers through the MaPrimeRenov’ scheme, part of a package of measures announced by Prime Minister Jean Castex on Wednesday

Environment Minister Barbara Pompili said that from April 15th, some households would be able to benefit from an extra €1,000 to “accelerate the replacement of fossil fuel-powered boilers with renewable heating solutions”, such as heat pumps and biomass heaters. 

It will no longer be possible to use state funding to replace a gas boiler with another, more efficient gas boiler. 

This brings the total state aid available for replacing boilers up to €9,000. 

Who can benefit? 

The funding for boiler replacement is available through the MaPrimeRenov’ scheme – which is available to anyone who owns property in France. 

Applicants for funding do however need a French numéro fiscal (tax number) and a copy of their latest tax declaration, which means those who do not file the annual tax declaration in France are effectively excluded. 

You can only apply for funding if your property is more than two years old. 

The amount of money you could receive depends on a range of criteria including: household income; the number of people living in the household; and the location of the property. 

You can read more about the MaPrimeRenov’ scheme HERE

Why is the government doing this? 

The move essentially allows France to faire d’une pierre deux coups – hit two birds with one stone.

One one hand, it will allow the country to cut down on greenhouse gas emissions in the face of the global climate crisis. 

On the other, it allows France to reduce its dependency on Russian gas – which has become a government priority ever since the invasion of Ukraine.

French Prime Minister Jean Castex said the government would target and end to dependency on Russian energy by 2027. The construction of new nuclear plants announced in February will also assist in reaching this objective.

You can read more about the government’s measures to insulate the French economy from the war in Ukraine HERE