What Covid test do I now need to travel to France?


Eiffel Tower and Haussmann apartments in Paris, France
France has reopened its borders to vaccinated Brits (Picture: Getty)

If you love to ski, or wander through Paris (read that as Par-ee), you’re in luck.

As of this morning (Friday, January 14), many Brits will once again be allowed to travel from the UK to France.

Currently, the UK is on France’s red list, which means that fully-jabbed travellers can travel there for a holiday. As long as they properly fulfil the list of entry requirements, including getting tested for Covid.

Planning a trip? Here’s what you need to do.

What Covid test do you need to travel to France?

Firstly, the rules for entry to France are slightly different dependent on your vaccination status.

Fully-jabbed people (aged 12 and above) will need to prove a negative Covid test result on arrival.

Skiing resort near Megeve, French Alps
Time for skiing in the French Alps? You’re in luck (Picture: Getty)

This can be either a PCR test or an antigen test, taken 24 hours before you travel.

You’re supposed to pay privately for this, not use NHS testing for holiday purposes.

There’s also a statement you need to sign, which states that you’re not suffering from Covid symptoms – nor have you been alerted to say you’ve come into contact with a confirmed case.

Find the form on the French government’s website here.

Keep in mind that visitors may also be tested for Covid on arrival, particularly if you’re travelling by Eurostar.

The city of Lille in France
The Eurostar from London stops in Paris and the city of Lille (Picture: Getty)

If you’re not fully-vaccinated, then you can’t travel to France for a non-essential reason (such as leisure travel).

But if you do have an essential reason to go, you’ll need to prove it, do all of the above, provide contact details for where you’re staying – as well as self-isolate for 10 days on arrival.

Of course, travel rules are constantly changing – so check France’s exact entry requirements before you book.

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