France scraps entry test for vaccinated Brits, but families still face restrictions

By Linsey McNeill
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Brits are no longer asked to provide a negative COVID test to travel to France, as long as they’re fully vaccinated..

All travellers must also complete a sworn statement that they aren’t suffering from any COVID symptoms.

Those who aren’t fully vaccinated must continue to provide a negative COVID test and provide an essential reason for travel, but they no longer need to self-isolate on arrival.

However, the rules are different for children. Under 12s are exempt from all travel restrictions, while those aged 12-17 will have to provide a negative test if not vaccinated but they don’t have to provide an essential reason to travel as long as they’re travelling with a vaccinated adult.

To qualify as fully vaccinated, travellers must have received the final dose of the AstraZeneca, Pfizer vaccine or Moderna at least seven days earlier, or the single shot of the Johsnon & Johnson vaccine at least 28 days earlier.

If more than nine months has passed since the final dose, arrivals will be considered unvaccinated unless they’ve received a booster.

The Foreign Office updated its travel advice on Saturday to include the changes, which will make it easier and cheaper for families to travel to France.

However, travellers still face restrictions once in France.

Rules in France

Since 24 January, everyone from the age of 16 must prove they’ve been fully vaccinated or recently recovered to enter most venues in France, including bars, restaurants, and even cable cars in ski resorts.

They must also be vaccinated or recently recovered to use long-distance trains.

Only those with proof of a medical reason why they can’t be vaccinated will be exempt from the requirement for a ‘vaccine pass’.

Those over the age of 18 years and one month must have been boosted if their last jab was more than seven months earlier. From tomorrow, this will reduce to just four months.

Children from the age of 12 to 15 who aren’t fully vaccinated or recently recovered must present a negative COVID test, taken no more than 24 hours earlier to receive a ‘health pass’ to allow them to enter public places.

Tests are available from local pharmacies in France, but they’re no longer free so the cost will mount up for families travelling with young, unvaccinated teenagers.

Children under the age of 12 are exempt from testing.

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