France has tightened restrictions on foreign travellers in an effort to limit the spread of the coronavirus variant first identified in India.
The new rules come into effect today and include:
• Entry to France limited to EU nationals, French residents, and those travelling for essential purposes
• Permitted travellers must test negative for COVID-19 before leaving their departure country
• They must also isolate for seven days after they arrive in France
• They must sign a declaration saying they do not have COVID symptoms and that they are not aware of having been in contact with someone who has the virus in the 14 days before their journey
• They must sign a declaration saying they will isolate on arrival in France for seven days and that they will take a second PCR test afterwards
The new rules include travellers from the UK and cover entry by air, car, ferry and train.
It also covers people regardless of vaccination status.
The Consulate General of France in London said on its website: “Given the development of the so-called Indian variant, health measures have been tightened for people travelling to France from the UK.”
It added that from Monday morning “compelling reasons will be required for foreign nationals outside the EU not resident in France to travel to France from the UK”.
The website said “a PCR or antigen test less than 48 hours old will be required from anyone travelling to France from the UK” while on arrival “travellers are obliged to self-isolate for seven days”.
The information added that “due to the low incidence of COVID in the UK, for the moment they will not be subject to systematic checks where they are staying”.
The rules for people arriving in the UK from France have not changed – France is an amber destination, meaning the government advises against travelling there.
Those who do must isolate for 10 days and take two COVID-19 tests after they arrive in the UK.
France’s move follows Germany starting to require people arriving from the UK to go into quarantine for 14 days, again in response to the spread of the Indian variant.