France clarifies entry rules for teens

By Linsey McNeill
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The Foreign Office has updated its travel advice for France after families were left confused about whether their unvaccinated teenagers needed a COVID test for entry.

An earlier update said that, from 12 February, unvaccinated 12 to 17 year olds travelling with vaccinated adults were subject to the same entry restrictions.

Since fully vaccinated adults no longer need a COVID test to enter France, many families assumed this meant their unvaccinated children didn’t need to be tested either.

However, the French Government twice amended its advice yesterday to clarify that unvaccinated or only partially vaccinated teenagers must provide a negative COVID test on entry, even when travelling with vaccinated adults.

The Foreign Office has since updated its travel advice to refer those travelling with teenagers to the French Embassy website.

Extrace from French Embassy website

The update left families heading to the French Alps for half-term ski holidays scrambling to order last-minute tests for their teenagers.

Under 12s are exempt from testing.

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