France updates Eurostar travel advice – latest holiday rules for British tourists

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From November 1, anyone travelling to France on the Eurostar will need to take a Covid 19 test on arrival if they are unvaccinated. The passengers will need to take the test on arrival at Paris Gare du Nord.

The UK Government update said: “From 1 November, those travelling from the UK to France by Eurostar who are not fully vaccinated will be asked to take a COVID-19 test upon arrival at Gare-du-Nord.

“Vaccination status will be checked ahead of departure at St Pancras. Anyone testing positive for COVID-19 will be subject to mandatory self-isolation for 10 days.

“Children aged 12 years old or over who are not fully vaccinated and travelling with a fully vaccinated adult are required to present a negative test result (PCR or antigen).

“However they do not need to provide an essential reason for travel, nor do they need to self-isolate on arrival.”

Eurostar said: “From 1 November, you will receive a document certifying that you are vaccinated at French border control before departure from St Pancras International.

“Please keep this document in a safe place as you will need to show it on arrival in Paris.”

Unvaccinated travellers can only travel to France for an essential reason and will need to fill out an International Travel Certificate to confirm why they are travelling.

Double-vaccinated travellers do not need an essential reason to travel to France and will not need evidence of a negative test.

They must complete a ‘sworn statement’ , a self-declaration that they are not suffering from Covid symptoms and have not been in contact with confirmed cases.

Tourists will need to provide proof of vaccination status and France accepts the UK vaccination certificate.

British tourists visiting France will also need to use a health passport if they want to enjoy normal holiday activities.

The health passport works in a similar way to a vaccine certificate and adults will require one to enter indoor venues such as restaurants, bars and museums.

Unvaccinated adults or children over 12 will need to take regular Covid tests to qualify for a health passport.

Although not all accommodation such as hotels will require a health passport, swimming pools and restaurants onsite will need the certificate.

Travellers must wear a face covering onboard Eurostar trains even if they are fully vaccinated.

The company said it thoroughly cleans and disinfects its trains before every Eurostar journey.

Face masks are required in France in all enclosed public spaces including on public transport.

Just under 70 percent of the French population are fully vaccinated so far while 75 percent have had one dose.

British tourists visiting France are advised to check the latest travel advice on the UK Government website before travel.

Britons will need to take a day two lateral flow after arrival in the UK which must be from a Government approved provider.

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