France has lifted its travel ban on British holidaymakers, but there are still plenty of hoops for families hoping to get away this winter to jump through.
From Friday, January 14, fully vaccinated travelers will be able to enter the country without quarantine.
However, there are still restrictions as the UK has been added to France’s red list.
Here’s what you need to know about France’s current entry requirements for visitors from the UK, including whether unvaccinated children can enter.
What do I need to enter France?
UK travelers aged 12 and over must be fully vaccinated and provide a negative PCR or lateral flow test result taken within 24 hours of departure.
They must submit an “affidavit” to confirm they are not suffering from Covid symptoms and have not been in contact with confirmed cases in the previous two weeks.
The obligation to quarantine on arrival has been removed, except for people who have not been double-stabbed. Persons who are not fully vaccinated must also provide an important reason for traveling to France.
France’s passe sanitaire vaccination card will change from Saturday, with proof of full vaccination required to enter venues such as bars and restaurants. Proof of a negative test is no longer sufficient for adults aged 18 and over.
What about boosters?
It is best to get a booster vaccination when visiting France.
The country must require booster vaccinations for those who wish to provide proof of vaccination for use with the country’s new domestic Covid passport system.
The so-called “vaccination pass” is intended to replace the previous “health pass” for all adults and be mandatory for access to public places and long-distance transport.
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To be considered fully vaccinated, people must receive their first vaccination plus a booster if the vaccination is older than seven months and drops to more than four months as of February 15.
It is not yet clear whether this new definition of fully vaccinated will also apply when entering France.
What if I am unvaccinated?
You need a “compelling reason” to enter Germany, e.g. B. a medical emergency in the family. You will also need to quarantine upon arrival.
what about kids
Before December 18, when British travelers were banned from entering France, Britain was on France’s yellow list.
But now Great Britain is on the Red List according to the Foreign Office.
According to the rules for this category, all persons aged 12 and over must have a full vaccination certificate in order to be allowed to enter France.
This will be a problem for all families with 12-15 year olds who have yet to get their second shots.
I has asked the French Embassy in London and the French Tourist Office to confirm that no exception should be made for 12-15 year olds traveling with fully vaccinated parents.