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France Updates Travel Restrictions

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Hi all

What are the current requirements for entry into France for fully vaccinated adults, but would have had CV19 in the last 90 days prior to travel?
I've just tested positive on an LFT and waiting for the results of my PCR. My booster was booked for the 7th Jan but now won't be able to have it as need to wait 28 days from positive test to have it. We are driving to 3V on the 29th Jan.

I'm also worried that a fit to fly test may pick up traces of CV19 and come back positive a couple of days before we drive. Anyone had any experiences or knowledge on this?
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@kettonskimum,

Exactly the same experience as Rob, only on Sunday and going to Alpe d'Huez. Again as a single traveller. I used Chronomics for the LFT and did it Sunday morning for an evening departure. Email result immediately after photo upload, official certificate a couple of hours I think.
You are prompted to put mask on in lift stations, if you forget Embarassed but buffs (?) of any type seem acceptable.
It's very quiet so mostly you have a chair or bubble to yourself Very Happy so mask comes straight off. (I have quite big difficulties wearing them for more than a few minutes and struggle on a plane for example).
Got another chronomics LFT with me ready for return. Have not booked 2 day PCR but will try and arrange for it near arrival airport, Manchester
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@kettonskimum,

We are leaving tomorrow first thing. Tested using C19, uploaded everything to eurotunnel.
Travelling with 4 kids - 1 over 12 and 1 dog!
Will update tomorrow
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With today's COVID figures I'd be amazed if travelling to France remains an option for long. I'm fully expecting my January trip to not happen Crying or Very sad
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@kettonskimum,

We are leaving tomorrow first thing. Tested using C19, uploaded everything to eurotunnel.
Travelling with 4 kids - 1 over 12 and 1 dog!
Will update tomorrow


Will be good to get your update tomorrow. We will travel on Sunday morning (Eurotunnel). 2 adults, 1 over 12 and 1 under 12. No dog!!
We can’t upload everything to the website until Saturday afternoon as 14 year old can’t do the test until Sat morning (C19 test kits all round). I’ll then upload the sworn statements x4, vaccination proof for x2 adults and negative (hopefully!) tests x4.
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X5OT76 wrote:
Will be good to get your update tomorrow. We will travel on Sunday morning (Eurotunnel). 2 adults, 1 over 12 and 1 under 12. No dog!!
We can’t upload everything to the website until Saturday afternoon as 14 year old can’t do the test until Sat morning (C19 test kits all round). I’ll then upload the sworn statements x4, vaccination proof for x2 adults and negative (hopefully!) tests x4.


In love that Eurotunnel has this option.... would be miles more reassuring for air travel if we could do this, have it all on file for check in and border control.
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@ChrisReed, I'm hoping that the earlier comments on Sky that in the EU, there is less panic re Omicron, that the French aren't going to change the way our govt are...
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@Fridge03, Read something only today that everybody must have a booster jab in France after the 15th of January

N.B. didn't read all the page, so don't take that as Gospel (will try to find the page again.)

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Found some info

https://www.france24.com/en/europe/20211215-french-adults-over-65-without-a-covid-booster-shot-to-lose-health-pass-benefits

"..The rule, which further tightens one of the tightest health pass systems in Europe, will from January 15 be expanded across all age groups. The only option for people without a booster -- other than to get one -- will be to have a negative test a maximum of 24 hours old..."

This is to get into restaurants/events etc - not to enter France


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@Fridge03, Read something only today that everybody must have a booster jab in France after the 15th of January

N.B. didn't read all the page, so don't take that as Gospel (will try to find the page again.)


I think I've found the answer. You need a booster if longer than 7 months since last jab. Mine gets me through to the end of Feb so slight panic over. Now just hoping that I don't get a false positive post CV19 for my fit to fly.
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France defence council being held on Friday at 4pm to discuss new restrictions.
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Fridge03 wrote:
albob wrote:
@Fridge03, Read something only today that everybody must have a booster jab in France after the 15th of January

N.B. didn't read all the page, so don't take that as Gospel (will try to find the page again.)


I think I've found the answer. You need a booster if longer than 7 months since last jab. Mine gets me through to the end of Feb so slight panic over. Now just hoping that I don't get a false positive post CV19 for my fit to fly.


Surely the answer there is get the booster? There will be ample opportunity before the 15th Jan?
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Rob_Quads wrote:
Fridge03 wrote:
albob wrote:
@Fridge03, Read something only today that everybody must have a booster jab in France after the 15th of January

N.B. didn't read all the page, so don't take that as Gospel (will try to find the page again.)


I think I've found the answer. You need a booster if longer than 7 months since last jab. Mine gets me through to the end of Feb so slight panic over. Now just hoping that I don't get a false positive post CV19 for my fit to fly.


Surely the answer there is get the booster? There will be ample opportunity before the 15th Jan?


Have to wait 28 days since testing positive. Tested positive on an LFT today and waiting PCR back tomorrow which would rule me out for a booster until the 15th Jan at the soonest. To be honest, I was counting the days wrong and its 28 days from testing positive, not from when your 10 day isolation ends.
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With their vaccination/very low booster rates....if continental Europe gets anything like the Omicron spike they've been talking about this evening in our media, they will have far more to worry about in a few weeks than a relatively small number of people popping over the channel from the UK.


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Rob_Quads wrote:
Fridge03 wrote:
albob wrote:
@Fridge03, Read something only today that everybody must have a booster jab in France after the 15th of January

N.B. didn't read all the page, so don't take that as Gospel (will try to find the page again.)


I think I've found the answer. You need a booster if longer than 7 months since last jab. Mine gets me through to the end of Feb so slight panic over. Now just hoping that I don't get a false positive post CV19 for my fit to fly.


Surely the answer there is get the booster? There will be ample opportunity before the 15th Jan?


Not possible for many from Ireland
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Our problem (along with everything else in this thread) is that the Irish Covid Cert does not display the booster status.
Utterly rediculous.
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Google translate of Le Monde article. Expect new rules late Friday afternoon:

One week before Christmas, the executive scheduled this meeting urgently, Friday. According to our information, he does not plan to upset his current strategy: neither containment, nor curfew, nor travel ban are under consideration.

New turn of the screw in sight. A health defense council is scheduled for Friday, December 17, in the afternoon, at the Elysee Palace, around Emmanuel Macron. The meeting was urgently scheduled, Wednesday, December 15, in order to adapt the system in force and, according to the executive, to "give visibility to the French" before the end of year celebrations in the face of the upsurge cases of SARS-CoV-2 contamination and hospitalizations.

...

According to information from Le Monde , the executive does not plan to upset the strategy followed in recent weeks, which consists of acting on all the possible tools to fight against Covid-19 without taking overly restrictive measures in terms of freedom. traffic. In other words, neither confinement, nor curfew, nor a ban on travel for the end of the year holidays are under consideration.

...

As Mr. Attal said on Wednesday, the government is moving towards an acceleration of the vaccination campaign, the strengthening of border controls and the establishment of recommendations for family celebrations. According to a source within the executive, a call to be massively tested before family reunification would also be likely.
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@ma94jcg, doesn't sound too bad. Of course this is focusing on the internal policy, who knows what they will do for arrivals.
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@Oleski, +1 !! Puzzled
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snowhound wrote:
With their vaccination/very low booster rates....if continental Europe gets anything like the Omicron spike they've been talking about this evening in our media, they will have far more to worry about in a few weeks than a relatively small number of people popping over the channel from the UK.

From https://ourworldindata.org/covid-vaccinations France have higher levels of full vaccination than us, and even Austria is catching up.
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sugarmoma666 wrote:
snowhound wrote:
With their vaccination/very low booster rates....if continental Europe gets anything like the Omicron spike they've been talking about this evening in our media, they will have far more to worry about in a few weeks than a relatively small number of people popping over the channel from the UK.

From https://ourworldindata.org/covid-vaccinations France have higher levels of full vaccination than us, and even Austria is catching up.


I guess this is because they allowed their 12+ to be vaccinated a lot sooner than us. Although it was announced a number of weeks back that a second dose would finally be allowed we haven’t been able to book that second dose. Although I spotted that they announced we will finally be able to do that from Monday
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sugarmoma666 wrote:
snowhound wrote:
With their vaccination/very low booster rates....if continental Europe gets anything like the Omicron spike they've been talking about this evening in our media, they will have far more to worry about in a few weeks than a relatively small number of people popping over the channel from the UK.

From https://ourworldindata.org/covid-vaccinations France have higher levels of full vaccination than us, and even Austria is catching up.


3 jabs is full vaccination.
Austria does not recognise a 2nd vaccine over 270 days (not sure about france).
Austria also introducing compulsory vaccines.

In the UK, you can still choose to be vaccinated or not.
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@sugarmoma666, They've been vaccinating children for longer than we have. If you look at the over 50s-which is where vaccination levels really matter-we are much higher.
And we are far ahead on the boosters which seems to be what will make the difference over the next few weeks.
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And we are far ahead on the boosters which seems to be what will make the difference over the next few weeks.


You mean, a little bit ahead. And the alpine countries are boostering at a higher speed at the moment. The real difference is natural immunity and the clearing effect (vulgo: deaths) which comes along with it. In this regard the UK is truely ahead.

ma94jcg wrote:
Google translate of Le Monde article. Expect new rules late Friday afternoon:

One week before Christmas, the executive scheduled this meeting urgently, Friday. According to our information, he does not plan to upset his current strategy: neither containment, nor curfew, nor travel ban are under consideration.


This is already old news. Now everything depends on Omicron. If it hits anything near like Delta but with lightning speed, all bets are off.
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Rumours that travel for UK tourists will be prohibited and an imperative reason to travel is needed. I've not found anything to back up the rumours yet though.
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Given the possible announcement of PCR test mandatory to enter France as early as this weekend, it would make sense to get a test lined up prior to travelling, maybe 24hrs before just to be sure..........
Hope not as it's very short notice for all, but just look at the recent Swiss debacle......
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@Hells Bells, looking at neighbouring numbers and "o" share, if OWiD is to be believed, I don't understand why the Uk should be singled out? Nor, in fact, why reinforcing travel controls will have any beneficial effect!


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From the Evening Standard website late yesterday

“France is considering introducing mandatory PCR tests for all travellers entering the country from Britain, where infections linked to the Omicron variant are surging, a French government source said earlier on Wednesday.”

Not surprising, just hope it’s pre travel and not the same 2 day quarantine as in the Uk


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@KenX, thinking the same.
We are due to fly on Monday from the UK to grenoble. Trouble is we don't want to fork out yet another £300 on tests just in case we need them. If an announcement comes late Friday doesn't give us much chance to get tested for a 8am Monday flight. Not holding out much hope
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@psenior1, if OWiD is correct, France has a higher O rate than the uk ...
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*FRANCE CUTS COVID-TEST VALIDITY TO 24 HOURS FOR U.K. VISITORS

From Bloomberg
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Sorry to be the one to post this. No tourists from UK from Saturday:

https://www.bfmtv.com/sante/en-direct-flambee-d-omicron-conseil-de-defense-sanitaire-suivez-l-actualite-covid-19-minute-par-minute_LN-202112160065.html


Towards an "even more drastic" border control with the United Kingdom
Gabriel Attal confirms on BFMTV-RMC a strengthening of border controls with the United Kingdom, in the grip of rapid growth of the Omicron variant.

"We are going to implement even more drastic border controls with the United Kingdom," said the government spokesperson.
Thus, an antigen test or PCR of less than 24 hours will be requested from Saturday to all travelers returning from the United Kingdom. These travelers will have to respect a compulsory isolation of 7 days on their arrival in France, isolation from which they will be able to leave after 48 hours in the event of a negative test, specifies Gabriel Attal.

In addition, people arriving from the UK will need to have a compelling reason to travel to France.
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@ma94jcg, I was just coming in to post Sad . Gutted isn't the word for it.
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Absolutely gutted. I was expecting tougher testing and possibly requirements for boosters, but not this.
Does anyone know what 'essential travel' covers. I ask because we are due to travel out to our apartment in Argentiere just after Christmas and stay till February. Does owning a property count?
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I really don't see the benefit of this from France. If everyone proves they're negative prior to entering they really need the money in the ski resorts
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I wonder if they will allow transit through France ?
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Gutted , does anyone know when this will be officially announced? Due to fly out early Sunday, 5 of us inc 3 kids. All tests lined up and spent most of yesterday sorting out all documents. Can’t believe it ...
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Just had a look for the scarlet red criteria - second homes not a valid reason,
I hereby certify that my reason for travelling is one of the following compelling reasons (tick box):
● French citizens, their spouses (married, civil union and cohabiting) and their children.
● Citizen of the European Union or equivalent, as well as his/her spouse (married, civil partner or cohabiting partner) and children, whose main residence is France or who is passing through through France to his/her main residence in a European Union country or equivalent.
● Citizens of other countries with a valid French or European residence permit or long-stay visa, whose main residence is in France.
● Citizens of other countries holding a long-stay visa issued for the purpose of family reunion or reunification of refugee families, beneficiaries of subsidiary protection and stateless persons.
● Workers in the land, sea and air transport sector or transport service providers (including drivers of any vehicle transporting goods for use in the territory as well as those who are merely transiting, or travelling as a passenger back to their departure base).
● Foreign citizens on duty with a diplomatic or consular mission or an international organisation with headquarters or office in France, as well as their spouse and children.
● Travellers in transit for less than 24 hours in an international zone.
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