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The 9 essential pieces of paperwork for France-UK travel under new rules

Even if you meet the criteria for essential travel between France and the UK, there is a lot of paperwork you need to prepare.

A picture taken on December 16, 2021 shows information boards and screens showing the upcoming Eurostar trains to London at the Gare du Nord railway station in Paris
From Saturday, December 17th, it will be more difficult to travel to France. Photo: Bertrand Guay / AFP

The French government has introduced strict limits on travel between France and the UK, which came into effect on Saturday, December 18th.

Only those with an essential reason for making their journey will be allowed to travel between the two countries, even if they are fully vaccinated.

If you do meet the criteria for essential travel, you will need to prepare the following paperwork (travel companies and border officials may require to see it, either as a digital or paper version): 

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FOR TRAVEL TO UK FROM FRANCE

1.Attestation du sortie du territoire metropolitiain

Before travelling to the UK, you need to complete an attestation du sortie du territoire metropolitiain, and tick the box that explains the essential reason for your trip. The form is available to download HERE.

The French government’s travel paperwork site here offers to form in either a Pdf, Word of Txt format. If you’re going to print out the form and fill it in by hand you will want the Pdf, to fill it in online, download either the Word or Txt format and fill in your details, then save the form as a Pdf.

Many transport operators now insist that you upload documents to their website or app before you travel, so allow yourself plenty of time to fiddle around with formats.

2. Proof of negative Covid-19 test 

You also need proof of a negative Covid-19 test carried out in the 24 hours before departure. Many pharmacies offer walk-in services, or you can go to an appropriate clinic to take the test. You will need a certificate that shows proof of your negative result, ideally with a QR code. 

French antigen or PCR tests are accepted for travel to the UK, but home test kits are not.

3. Proof of vaccination status

You may need proof of your vaccination status – even though the new new travel rules apply to both vaccinated and unvaccinated people.

That can be found via the TousAntiCovid app (which contains a valid EU Digital Vaccination Certificate), the NHS Covid app, on paper vaccination certificates, or as a download from your account on Ameli.fr. 

4. Passenger locator form

Before travelling, you will also need to complete a passenger locator form as demanded by the British government. That form – along with information on how to complete it – is HERE. Be sure to fill in this form with plenty of time as some users have reported glitches on the system

Remember, the UK also demands that you book Day Two Covid-19 tests, to be taken after arrival, which must be booked before you travel – you must have a booking number to complete the aforementioned passenger locator form. There’s more information on that HERE

You can find a list of test providers in the UK HERE.

Remember, too, that now the UK has left the European Union, you’ll need your passport (ID cards are no longer accepted).

FOR TRAVEL TO FRANCE FROM UK

5. Online quarantine form

All eligible travellers to France have to enter their details onto an online platform prior to departure, and download or print the confirmatory document that comes after you have filled out the form. You will find the online portal HERE.

This document, basically, alerts French law enforcement authorities to where you will be self-isolating in France. You cannot travel without completing the form. You should carry a copy (paper or digital) with you as you cross the border. 

6. Proof of vaccination status

You may need proof of your vaccination status – even though the new new travel rules apply to both vaccinated and unvaccinated people. That can be found via the TousAntiCovid app (which contains a valid EU Digital Vaccination Certificate), the NHS Covid app, on paper vaccination certificates, or as a download from your account on Ameli.fr.

7. Proof of negative Covid test

You also need proof of a negative Covid-19 test carried out in the 24 hours before departure. You can find a list of test providers in the UK HERE

There’s some confusion over what tests are allowed. We explain more HERE. Importantly, it is your responsibility to ensure you have an appropriate document showing your negative Covid-19 status before you travel, so you can present it on demand.

8. Attestation de déplacement vers la France Métropolitaine depuis le Royaume-Uni 

You will need to fill out a form explaining why your travel plans are essential. In most cases, simply filling out this form will suffice. But for some essential reasons, you will need to provide additional proof (if, for example, you are visiting France because of the death of a relative, you may need some additional proof of this, such as a medical record. You can find this attestation HERE or in varied formats here.

9. A declaration of honour 

Travellers to France must also sign an official declaration – available in French and English HERE – stating that they accept that further testing can be performed in France, and that they have no symptoms of Covid-19 at the time of travel.

Plus, you’ll need your passport and all the usual documentation for travel. Also, don’t forget that since Brexit certain items cannot be brought into France from the UK – full details here.

Member comments

  1. Has the testing rule to enter UK from France also changed? This article says (for travel from France to UK) : ‘You also need proof of a negative Covid-19 test carried out in the 24 hours before departure’ but it says elsewhere that it’s 48hrs to enter UK from France. Can you confirm which it is please?

    1. Have just posted a comment/response. No change to UK requirement for Covid test. Still 48 hours prior to departure

      1. Thank you for this post! I had a mild heart attack when reading the earlier paragraph mistakenly indicating a test 24 hrs in advance.

  2. UK Government web-site (www.Gov.UK) under Guidance and Support for International Travel states “take a COVID-19 test – to be taken in the 2 days before you travel to England”. This is as the up-date 7th December. There has been no further up-date.

  3. I’d just like to say thanks to Emma and everyone at The Local for their dedication to keeping us informed on the unbelievably rapidly changing rules during the pandemic. I picked a horrible time to return to the UK and had to drastically change my plans. We were given 24 hours notice that entry requirements to France were changing. As I desperately tried to make sense of it and return to France as soon as possible, this article was the only comprehensive source of information I could find. The Local published this even before Eurostar updated their website and was much easier to understand than all the garble on Gov.co.uk. Thanks once again for being the most reliable source of breaking news during the pandemic for us Anglophones in France. Your reporting has been invaluable during such bizarre times of change and strife. Keep up the good work! Thank you so much. Bxx

    1. Very well said, QueenB. The articles and the links have been of immense help at a very complex time for travel. The new Passenger Locator Form is a vital piece of paper at the border, the portal kept crashing yesterday so start applying in good time!

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