Foreign Office confirms France entry rules but there’s confusion over Portugal

By Lisa James
04/02/2022
Home » Foreign Office confirms France entry rules but there’s confusion over Portugal

The UK Government has updated its advice on travel to France.

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office now says: “Travellers aged over 18 and one month who had their full vaccine course over nine months ago and have not since received a COVID-19 vaccine booster must follow the rules for unvaccinated passengers to enter France.”

But there is confusion over an announcement yesterday by Portugal on its new entry requirements.

Portugal said on Thursday it will drop a requirement to present a negative COVID-19 test for air passengers arriving with a valid digital European Union certificate or recognised proof of vaccination.

Reuters reports there is no announcement on when the decision would take effect, but the rules now in force were meant to last until 9 Feb.

“The Interior Ministry, which is responsible for the entry of people into the country, could not immediately provide further details, including whether British or American proof of vaccination would be considered valid,” Reuters said.

Advantage CEO Julia Lo Bue-Said tweeted: “Whilst Portugal has confirmed it will scrap tests for vaccinated arrivals, the Portuguese authorities have NOT confirmed from when, or whether this includes arrivals from UK. Also need to understand what this means for u/v [unvaccinated] children for half term holidays.”

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