What are the current rules for travelling to and from France?

31 Mar 2022 10:07 by Kate Moore

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This is our interpretation of the current requirements for UK residents travelling to France from 31 March 2022. The rules to enter France are subject to change and may be further relaxed by the time of your holiday.

Are family holidays in France allowed in 2022?

Yes! All travellers from the UK, whether vaccinated or not, can now visit France on holiday. This means you can now start planning your family summer adventure in France.

What are the rules for adults and children visiting France in summer 2022?

Fully vaccinated travellers visiting from the UK do not need to take a test to enter France. 

To be considered fully vaccinated, and exempt from a pre-departure test:

  • Adults will need a booster if their initial vaccine course was completed more than 9 months before
  • Children (12+) will need to have completed their full vaccination course - both doses of a two jab course - to be considered fully vaccinated
  • Children under 12 are exempt from COVID-19 testing and travel restrictions

Note that the final dose must be administered at least 7 – 28 days before travel - the timescale depends on the type of vaccine. The foreign office website explains these rules in more detail.

To demonstrate your COVID status, use the NHS digital COVID pass which is available to anyone aged 12 years and above. 

Can unvaccinated adults and children visit France in 2022?

Yes, Unvaccinated travellers from the UK no longer need an essential reason to visit France but may need to take a private COVID test before travel.

Adults and children aged 12 years and over, who aren't fully vaccinated, will need to take a pre-departure before the holiday. This can be a PCR test (within 72 hours) or a lateral flow test (within 48 hours).

Children under 12 are exempt from COVID-19 testing and travel restrictions

Visit the French Consulate website for more information on UK citizens entering France. 

French domestic restrictions have now been lifted

It is no longer mandatory to wear a mask in most venues (though a mask may be required on public transport). The Pass Sanitaire and Pass Vaccinal, which were used to demonstrate a person's COVID/vaccination status, were discontinued on 14 March 2022. 

Rules for families returning to the UK from France

All UK COVID travel restrictions were removed from 18 March 2022, making travel easier and more affordable. This means that, regardless of vaccination status, children and adults no longer need to complete a Passenger Locator form, unvaccinated travellers no longer need to take a pre-departure COVID test before embarking on their return journey and unvaccinated travellers are not required to take a COVID test when back in the UK 

Advice for families travelling to France in 2022 following Brexit

In light of Brexit, travel to Europe is a little different. Don't get caught out if you haven't been abroad for a while. Now that French travel is back on the cards, read our summary of the changes to understand how Brexit may impact your next family adventure. 

Ready to plan your family adventure holiday to France?

We are offering two fantastic self-drive family adventure holidays in France in summer 2022. Choose our full board family activity holiday at Chateau de la Baudonniere in Normandy or our Ardeche family kayak adventure in Southern France. 

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