Tell us: What has been your experience of the new France-UK travel rules?

Travel between France and the UK has become far more complicated since the French government introduced new rules.
Travel between France and the UK has become far more complicated since the French government introduced new rules. We want to hear about your experiences. (Photo by Tolga Akmen / AFP)
France has enacted new restrictions for travel to and from the UK. These essentially prohibit all non-essential travel but do allow certain groups including Brits resident in France to travel - but how have these rules been working in practice?

New rules came into effect on December 18th for travel between France and the UK.

In response to the rapid spread of the Omicron variant which has seen Covid case numbers hit record highs in the UK, the French government has prohibited all non-essential travel between the two countries.

Those who do meet the criteria also need to fill out a mountain of paperwork in order to make the journey. 

We want to hear from anyone who has managed to make the journey about your experiences at the border.


Member comments

  1. Traveled out of France before the new restrictions came in, I completed and printed the locator forms on Monday ready for our return, not till 4th January. Just been informed that officials and gendarmes at our house today, checking if we were isolating, I’ve checked the dates I entered on the online platform correctly

  2. In response to your query about entry to England; My wife and I came in on the Eurotunnel car shuttle just over a week ago. In the terminal at Coquelles we noted several Brit travellers having difficulty and frustration in accessing their documents on laptops etc and phones to the satisfaction of the officials. From what we saw, persuasion did not carry weight and the officials seemed to be trying to help the situation.
    As we waited our turn another official came up to check our situation and I’m glad to say we were through in no more than 5 minutes. As far as our observations go, there was one reason for this — all our stuff was on paper, none on any electronic devices.
    However this does not disguise the frustrations and set-backs in assembling the required documentation.

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