What are the rules for travelling to France this summer as it reopens to tourists?

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Helen Coffey@LenniCoffey
Wednesday 09 June 2021 09:36
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France is currently on the UK’s “amber list” after Britain permitted the restart of international leisure travel on 17 May.

However, from 9 June, France announced that it would accept fully vaccinated Britons with just a negative antigen test, as well as citizens from various other countries - including the US.

What are the current rules on travel to France? Here’s everything you need to know.

Will British holidaymakers be allowed to travel to France this summer?

Lavender fields in Provence

If they’re fully vaccinated and present a negative antigen test on arrival, yes.

British travellers who have had both vaccinations more than 14 days prior to travel will not need a “compelling reason” to enter from 9 June. They will be able to prove their vaccinated status via the NHS app.

France has said that an expensive PCR test, which typically costs around £120, will not be necessary for entry. A cheaper antigen test will be accepted.

The border opening also allows EU passport holders in the UK to enter without any proof of testing at all.

The measures were outlined in France’s “Strategy for Reopening Borders” plan at the start of June.

Travellers who haven’t been vaccinated will still need a “compelling reason”, such as work or compassionate reasons, to enter, and must quarantine for seven days.

What will travel to an amber list country entail?

Bezier in southern France

While France is welcoming vaccinated tourists with open arms, the country is still on the UK’s amber list. That means arrivals from France will need to take a pre-departure test - which can be a lateral flow or rapid antigen test, as well as a PCR test - with proof of a negative result before they are allowed to depart for the UK.

Upon arrival to the UK from an amber list country, travellers must self-isolate at home for 10 days, plus have pre-booked a package of two PCR tests to be taken on day two and day eight of quarantine. Travellers in England may end self-isolation early by paying to take an additional test on day five (the result must be negative).

What is the current situation in France?

Various restrictions are being lifted from 9 June, to coincide with the tourism reopening.

There is still a nighttime curfew from 11pm, which is due to be lifted on 20 June.

Most significantly, cafes and restaurants can open inside at 50 per cent capacity with up to six people per table. Terraces can be at full capacity but still with six people per table.

Other indoor attractions such as museums, cinemas and other cultural venues have increased their capacity.

Masks must be worn in enclosed public spaces.

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