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Entry requirements

 

This page reflects the UK government’s understanding of current rules for people travelling on a full ‘British Citizen’ passport, for the most common types of travel.

The authorities in France set and enforce entry rules. For further information contact their embassy, high commission or consulate. You may also check with your transport provider or travel company to make sure your passport and travel documents meet their requirements.

If you are travelling to France for work, read the guidance on visas and permits as the rules have changed since 1 January 2021.

COVID-19 entry requirements

Travel between the UK and France

 

If you’re planning to travel to France you should consult the French government guidance

The French authorities have confirmed that from the morning of 14 January 2022, the UK is on France’s red list. Fully vaccinated travellers (see ‘Vaccination status’ below) must:

  • Present a negative PCR or antigen test result taken within 24 hours pre-departure if aged 12 years and over.
  • Provide a completed ‘sworn statement’ (déclaration sur l’honneur) form self-certifying you’re not suffering from symptoms associated with coronavirus and have not been in contact with confirmed cases in the preceding fortnight. This can be found on the French government’s website

All travellers arriving in France before these rules enter into force will need to provide an essential reason to enter France (as listed on the French government’s website, as well as an online form outlining contact details, in addition to the list above.

From 14 January, unvaccinated travellers will need to self-isolate on arrival in France for 10 days, subject to police checks. You must also provide:

  • a negative PCR or antigen test result taken within 24 hours pre-departure if aged 12 years and over.
  • contact details before travel to France, including the address they will be staying at, to the French authorities via an online form.
  • a completed international travel form to prove the reason for essential travel. This can be found on the French government’s website. In exceptional circumstances, the French Consulate in London may be able to assist with travel for a compelling reason not listed as an ‘essential reason for travel’.
  • a completed ‘sworn statement’ (déclaration sur l’honneur) form self-certifying they are not suffering from symptoms associated with coronavirus and have not been in contact with confirmed cases in the preceding fortnight. This can be found on the French government’s website.

You should not use the NHS testing service to get a test in order to facilitate your travel to another country. You should arrange to take a private test from a private coronavirus testing provider. Test results must be certified by a laboratory to be accepted.

All travellers might be asked to take a test upon arrival in France, including at Gare du Nord for Eurostar arrivals. Anyone testing positive for COVID-19 will be subject to mandatory self-isolation for 10 days.

HGV or van drivers arriving in France from the UK are able to continue doing so without providing a negative COVID-19 test to enter France.

Travel to France from other countries (except the UK – see above)

 

France has a colour-code system governing international travel to and from France. There are four categories: green, amber, red and ‘scarlet red’. For details on the entry restrictions for travel to or from France from other countries, you should check the status of the country and relevant restrictions on the French government’s website.

Vaccination status

 

The French Government recognises the following vaccines: Pfizer, Moderna, Oxford/AstraZeneca, and Johnson & Johnson (the vaccines recognised by the European Medical Agency). “Fully vaccinated” is defined by the completion of a vaccination schedule, specifically:

  • 1 week after the second dose of Pfizer, Moderna, Oxford/AstraZeneca
  • 4 weeks after the single and only dose of Johnson & Johnson
  • 1 week after the single dose of any of the above vaccines if you have previously tested positive for COVID-19

Demonstrating your COVID-19 status

 

France will accept the UK’s proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record at the border. For details on how to demonstrate your COVID-19 status in domestic settings in France, see the Coronavirus page. If you are travelling with a printed PDF proof of vaccination status, it must date from 1 November to ensure that the certificate can be scanned successfully. Your NHS appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.

Travel from France to the UK

 

UK citizens and residents, as well their spouses, partners and children, are permitted to travel from France to the UK.

Unvaccinated travellers must complete a Certificate to leave Metropolitan France, which specifies exemptions for travel. Your reason for leaving will be checked before your departure by the French authorities.

If you intend to travel to EnglandScotland, or Wales, including UK nationals returning home from travel abroad, you must follow the rules for entering the UK. For further details on accessing COVID-19 tests in France where required, please see the ‘Coronavirus’ page.

Travel to French overseas territories

 

Regular flights between metropolitan France and its overseas territories resumed in late June 2020.

There are different restrictions depending on which overseas territory you are going to. Please refer to the French government’s website to check the measures in place in each territory.

See also travel advice pages for the French overseas territory you are visiting.

Further information

 

If your vaccine certificate shows a different name to your passport (e.g. marital / birth name), please also carry any supporting documentation (e.g. marriage certificate) when travelling.

Check our COVID-19 advice on things to consider, and be prepared to stay overseas longer than planned.

Regular entry requirements

Visas

 

The rules for travelling or working in European countries changed on 1 January 2021:

  • You can travel to countries in the Schengen area, which France is part of, for up to 90 days in any 180-day period without a visa. This applies if you travel as a tourist, to visit family or friends, to attend business meetings, cultural or sports events, or for short-term studies or training. Find more information here
  • If you are travelling to France and other Schengen countries without a visa, make sure your whole visit is within the 90-day limit. Visits to Schengen countries within the previous 180 days before you travel count towards your 90 days.
  • To stay longer, to work or study, for business travel or for other reasons, you will need to meet the French government’s entry requirements. To see what your individual entry requirement might be, you should visit the France Visas website
  • if you stay in France with a residence permit or long-stay visa, this does not count towards your 90-day visa-free limit
  • British citizens who are unable to return to the UK before the expiry of their visa / permit or the end of their visa-free limit should contact their local prefecture in France.

Any time you spent in France or other Schengen countries before 1 January 2021 does not count towards your 90-day visa-free limit.

Check your passport is stamped if you enter or exit the Schengen area through France as a visitor. Border guards will use passport stamps to check you’re complying with the 90-day visa-free limit for short stays in the Schengen area. If relevant entry or exit stamps are not in your passport, border guards will presume that you have overstayed your visa-free limit.

You can show evidence of when and where you entered or exited the Schengen area, and ask the border guards to add this date and location in your passport. Examples of acceptable evidence include boarding passes and tickets.

At French border control, you may need to:

  • Queue in separate lanes from EU, EEA or Swiss citizens.
  • Show proof of where you intend to stay, for example, a booking confirmation or proof of address if visiting your own property (e.g. second home). Further information is detailed below.
  • Show proof of insurance for your trip. Please check the guidance on travel insurance here.
  • Show a return or onward ticket
  • Prove that you have enough money for the duration of your stay. Further information is detailed below.

France categorises possible accommodation arrangements for visitors as follows:

  1. Staying with family, friends or third party - you may be asked to provide an ’attestation d’accueil’ (welcome invitation) from your host if you are staying with friends or family. The French resident hosting you will need to obtain this attestation d’accueil from their local Mayor’s office, and send the original attestation before you enter France. You should also be prepared to show proof of funds of at least €32.50 per day, for the duration of your stay. If you do not have an ‘attestation d’accueil’ you should be ready to fulfil the requirements of option 4 below.

  2. You have a second home in France - you will need to be able to prove ownership or tenancy of your property e.g. a tax or utility bill.

  3. You are staying in a hotel or other commercially provided accommodation - you may be asked for confirmation of your reservation when entering France. You should also be prepared to show proof of funds of at least €65 per day for the duration of your stay.

  4. You do not have an ‘attestation d’accueil’ or any pre-booked accommodation - in this instance, you may be asked to prove you have sufficient means for your visit, of at least €120 per day for the duration of your stay.

British citizens who are unable to return to the UK before the expiry of their visa/permit or the end of their visa-free limit due to COVID-19 restrictions should contact their local immigration authorities in France.

For further information on these requirements, visit the French government’s website on travel conditions for British citizens.

If you are resident in France your passport should not be stamped. You should proactively show your proof of residence as well as your valid passport at French border control. For further information, see our Living in France guide.

Passport validity

 

If you are planning to travel to an EU country (except Ireland), or Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino or Vatican City, you must meet the Schengen area rules.

Your passport must meet 2 requirements. It must be:

  • less than 10 years old on the day you enter (check the ‘date of issue’)
  • valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave (check the ‘expiry date’)

We are asking the European Commission to clarify the 10-year rule. Their guidance for Schengen border guards may not be updated until the spring of 2022. Until then, for some Schengen countries your passport may need to be less than 10 years old during your whole visit, and the 3 months at the end of your visit may need to be within 10 years of your passport’s issue date.

Check both the issue date and the expiry date in your passport. If you renewed your passport early, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. This could affect the requirement for your passport to be less than 10 years old.

Contact your travel provider or embassy of the country you are visiting if you think that your passport does not meet both these requirements. Renew your passport if you need to.

Travelling with children

 

From 15 January 2017, any child (under the age of 18) who is (a) living in France and (b) leaving France unaccompanied by a parent or guardian, must present the following documents on departure at the French border: (i) the child’s own ID card or passport, (ii) a completed AST authorisation form signed by a parent/guardian (Authorisation de Sortie du Territoire) and (iii) a copy of the ID card or passport of the parent or guardian who has signed the AST form. For more information visit the French Ministry of Interior website.

UK Emergency Travel Documents

 

UK Emergency Travel Documents (ETDs) are accepted for entry, airside transit and exit from France.

Travelling with pets

 

If you wish to travel with a pet dog, cat or ferret to the EU, please read our guidance. You can no longer use a pet passport issued in Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland) for travel to France. If your pet passport was issued in an EU Member State or Northern Ireland it remains valid for travel to France.

If you wish to travel to France with other pets (for non-commercial means) - rodents, rabbits/hares, ornamental tropical fish, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates (except bees and crustaceans), you will need a health document which must be signed by a vet.

Travel with pets for non-commercial means is limited to five animals.

You can find more information (in French) at this link and by then scrolling down and clicking on the link to a pdf document entitled note d’information sur l’importation d’animaux de compagnie en provenance de pays tiers. The health document mentioned above is on page 17 of the pdf (annex IV).

On arrival in France, pet owners travelling with pets will need to enter through a designated travellers’ point of entry (TPE) e.g. Calais, Dunkirk.

Customs checks upon entry into France

 

There are limits on the volume and value amounts for certain goods that you can bring into France as a traveller. You should check the French Directorate General of Customs and Excise website to confirm the latest allowances per traveller.

 

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