The French government has announced tighter rules on travel to and from the UK that will come into force at midnight Friday /Saturday due to the explosion of Covid infections caused by the Omicron variant.
These rules, which include tighter rules and pre-departure tests and obligatory quarantine (full details here), apply to all travellers whether fully vaccinated or not.
All non-essential travel to and from the UK has been barred – including for “tourism and professional reasons”.
The French interior minister has published an attestation for leaving French territory for the the UK. All travellers, both vaccinated and non-vaccinated will need to fill it in if they travel after midnight on Friday/Saturday. The form is available here.
Travellers are warned if they don’t have an essential reason or the evidence needed to prove it then they may be barred from travel.
A separate attestation for those travelling to France under the new rules has also been published. It is available here.
It also includes the list of essential reasons for travel, one of which must be ticked. The form will need to be presented to travel companies, like Eurotunnel, where it can be uploaded or to border control.
If you meet the essential travel requirements, you will have to submit some personal details via an online platform, which has now been activated, before your return or departure to France.
You can access the platform HERE.
The site can be accessed in multiple languages. You will need to fill all the standard biographical details and declare whether you are a health worker or not. You will also be asked for a French social security number (although you can just write “0” if you don’t have one), vaccination status and the address where you will be quarantining upon arrival in France.
After filling out the form, you will be able to download an identification file. We recommend that you either save this file on your phone or print it. You are not allowed to travel without completing the form. It may be useful to carry it on you as you cross the border.
The purpose of this form is to alert French law enforcement authorities of where you will be self-isolating in France upon your arrival. The police could check that you are respecting the quarantine measures once you get here – if you are found to be violating them, you could face a hefty fine.
Remember that you must quarantine for at least 48 hours after arriving in France. If after 48 hours, you present a negative Covid test, you can leave self-isolation. If you do not take a test, you must remain isolated for 10 days according to the ministry if interior rather than the 7 days initially announced by the government spokesperson.