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France Updates Travel Restrictions

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Mr.Egg wrote:
restrictions lifted

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-59977978

https://news.sky.com/story/france-eases-covid-travel-restrictions-for-people-arriving-from-uk-12514769

So negative 24 hr PCR test required


Forgive me but where in either of the two articles does it say that it will be a PCR only? If you could please copy and paste the line Very Happy
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@paulhinch, Riviera Radio saying PCR or Antigenique.
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paulhinch wrote:
Mr.Egg wrote:
restrictions lifted

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-59977978

https://news.sky.com/story/france-eases-covid-travel-restrictions-for-people-arriving-from-uk-12514769

So negative 24 hr PCR test required


Negative PCR test??? That's a new one. That would effectively kill travel for lots of people.

Even under the current rules, a Lateral Flow has been acceptable for those able to travel.


Unless I’m missing something neither of those mention PCR, just a test? Which has been an antigen test within 24hrs since these rules came in.
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paulhinch wrote:
Mr.Egg wrote:
restrictions lifted

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-59977978

https://news.sky.com/story/france-eases-covid-travel-restrictions-for-people-arriving-from-uk-12514769

So negative 24 hr PCR test required


Negative PCR test??? That's a new one. That would effectively kill travel for lots of people.

Even under the current rules, a Lateral Flow has been acceptable for those able to travel.


Mr Egg is wrong - neither of those link mention PCR requirement (just negative covid test within 24 hours)
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Phew... was just about to rip up my plans for Saturday
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paulhinch wrote:
Mr.Egg wrote:
restrictions lifted

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-59977978

https://news.sky.com/story/france-eases-covid-travel-restrictions-for-people-arriving-from-uk-12514769

So negative 24 hr PCR test required


Negative PCR test??? That's a new one. That would effectively kill travel for lots of people.

Even under the current rules, a Lateral Flow has been acceptable for those able to travel.


Agreed, I've not seen anything that indicates that a PCR is needed, rather than just a LFT - but maybe wrong. Both links just say 'negative test'.
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https://www.thelocal.fr/20220113/breaking-france-lifts-ban-on-uk-travel/

suggests either lft or pcr, as the UK wil just be a 'red list' country.
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Until tomorrow the requirements are:

1. You need a compelling reason to enter France
2. You need a PCR or antigen test dated within 24hrs
3. To fill in a French PLF and isolate there for 10 days which can be reduced to 48hrs with a negative test.

The changes from tomorrow are to remove 1 and 3.

So 2 stays the same - PCR or antigen.
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By the way the UK gov website that was inaccurate and said you needed a PCR if you were transiting has been changed, I like to think because of a twitter whinge from me. It now says PCR or LFT



UPDATE: Due to not being very good at reading the rogue section “transiting” is still there and is wrong - I’ve chased FCDO again and they’re “reviewing” it…


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Not sure if anyone can help, due to go to France on the 23rd and my partner and I both tested positive last week. We will have finished our isolation over a week before we are due to go but wasn’t sure if this is restricted? Both vaccinated and got our tests ready to complete before we go.
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@skishambles01, Did you upload a result, or was it an LFT at home? If the latter, ride it out for a neg LFT and carry on... If you went for PCR, then not sure.
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We went for a PCR, and have proof of recovery already.
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Been out all morning. Any interesting announcements or things happened today?
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I have one week to get organised now. What is the best do at home LFT?
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@skishambles01, I hope you will be OK. The key issue is that your NHS Covid pass won't be available until 10 days after you reported the infection, and you will need that. If you try to retrieve the pass it will tell you the date it becomes active again.

Second, it is conceivable that you will still have small amounts of residual virus which would show up on a PCR test - but you should be OK since what is needed are LFTs (you can always check your LFT status using one of the free NHS ones).
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@skishambles01, I hope you will be OK. The key issue is that your NHS Covid pass won't be available until 10 days after you reported the infection, and you will need that. If you try to retrieve the pass it will tell you the date it becomes active again.

Second, it is conceivable that you will still have small amounts of residual virus which would show up on a PCR test - but you should be OK since what is needed are LFTs (you can always check your LFT status using one of the free NHS ones).


Thanks so much for your help, we have lateral flows to take before we go rather than PCRs so I hope we will be okay!
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Bit premature to give advice to people that they will only need to do a lateral flow test when the actual details of what test is required isn't published until tomorrow....
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@skishambles01, can I ask how you got your proof of recovery? My 15 yo son tested positive covid Christmas Eve and want to ge5 one since he won’t be fully vaccinated.
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JulieCarey wrote:
@skishambles01, can I ask how you got your proof of recovery? My 15 yo son tested positive covid Christmas Eve and want to ge5 one since he won’t be fully vaccinated.


you can't get a proof of recovery for under 16's - for over 16's it shows in the nhs app
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Notwithstanding complicated teenagers and negative test possibilities, I think there has been insufficient whooping and hollering in here. So:

Wooooo, Hooooo!!! Whoop, whoop, hurrah!!! I am properly excited and might actually go to the ball!!!

See you on the piste Snowheads.
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JulieCarey wrote:
@skishambles01, can I ask how you got your proof of recovery? My 15 yo son tested positive covid Christmas Eve and want to ge5 one since he won’t be fully vaccinated.


The NHS app provides a proof of recovery after a positive PCR. If you select NHS covid pass within the app then it should be there.
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There was lots of whooping and hollering over here haha, ready for some French skiing on Sunday! Very Happy

Chalet looks half empty as well and holidays still being sold for Saturday so reckon there must've been quite a few cancellations
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ukoldschool wrote:
Bit premature to give advice to people that they will only need to do a lateral flow test when the actual details of what test is required isn't published until tomorrow....


It’s not really - they’ve said what they’re doing - removing the need for a compelling reason and isolation. The test requirement stays as it was - PCR or antigen within 24hrs of departure.

The French Embassy makes it pretty clear that negative test is still required so the test clause is the same.



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rob@rar wrote:
@brianatab, If you are full vaccinated you do not (currently) need a Covid test of any kind to enter France. Only proof of vaccination.


Are you sure - BBC are reporting that you will need a 24h PCR and to be fully vaccinated - "But a negative Covid test, taken 24 hours before leaving the UK, will still be required for all those arriving." - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-59977978

A 24h PCR is a bit of a nightmare to sort off Saturday departures, so hopefully its LFT
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@skishambles01, oh yeah, sorry I was asking for a child - they don’t have the NHS covid & I think I have to pay for an online form with a QR code for my son, just wanted someone who had done this to tell me details. We’re not going until 16th Feb so think I’ll let the dust settle in France reopening & hopefully there’ll be lost of advice on here!
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Rob_Quads wrote:
rob@rar wrote:
@brianatab, If you are full vaccinated you do not (currently) need a Covid test of any kind to enter France. Only proof of vaccination.


Are you sure - BBC are reporting that you will need a 24h PCR and to be fully vaccinated - "But a negative Covid test, taken 24 hours before leaving the UK, will still be required for all those arriving." - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-59977978

A 24h PCR is a bit of a nightmare to sort off Saturday departures, so hopefully its LFT


That article just says a negative test. It doesn’t specify a PCR or LFT
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@Rob_Quads, I am a touch slow at the moment (post nights) but the article you've linked does not appear to say anything about PCRs?

Admittedly it does not say anything about LFTs either... Who knows!
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@andy from embsay, well spotted - use of the word "still" here is pretty unambiguous.
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irishz wrote:
@Rob_Quads, I am a touch slow at the moment (post nights) but the article you've linked does not appear to say anything about PCRs?

Admittedly it does not say anything about LFTs either... Who knows!


Agreed its vauge but it does say "But a negative Covid test, taken 24 hours before leaving the UK, will still be required for all those arriving." - i.e. you will need to take a test of some kind, being vaccinated alone will not be enough, we just don't know which yet.... edit - above shows its either a proper LFT or PCR


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Press release on the French Embassy website https://uk.ambafrance.org/Communique-de-presse-Assouplissement-des-mesures-sanitaires-aux-frontieres-avec
Antigen only in the last 24 hours, no need for PCR.
No further info on children though


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RobH2017 wrote:
Rob_Quads wrote:
rob@rar wrote:
@brianatab, If you are full vaccinated you do not (currently) need a Covid test of any kind to enter France. Only proof of vaccination.


Are you sure - BBC are reporting that you will need a 24h PCR and to be fully vaccinated - "But a negative Covid test, taken 24 hours before leaving the UK, will still be required for all those arriving." - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-59977978

A 24h PCR is a bit of a nightmare to sort off Saturday departures, so hopefully its LFT


That article just says a negative test. It doesn’t specify a PCR or LFT


Where are people seeing these mystery letters “PCR” in these articles? It just says “test”, doesn’t it?
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Simon Calder confirms LFT, rather than PCR.
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@GoldSilver7, Pretty sure it says either or...
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Pieandrun wrote:
Notwithstanding complicated teenagers and negative test possibilities, I think there has been insufficient whooping and hollering in here. So:

Wooooo, Hooooo!!! Whoop, whoop, hurrah!!! I am properly excited and might actually go to the ball!!!

See you on the piste Snowheads.


Agreed. What a crazy winter, travel and attempting to travel has been traumatic. Denied boarding at at Bristol Airport for the PSB. Last Friday cancelled the 2weeks starting the 8th, today rebooking the second week. Going Saturday.
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@andy from embsay,

Can only think BBC edited the article
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Ah sorry, I meant antigen is sufficient. Why you would pay a huge amount more thugh to do a PCR, I don't know
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Translation of the French Embassy press release


The rules that will apply from this Friday morning for travel between the UK and France will be as follows:

All travelers, vaccinated or not, must initially present a negative test (PCR or antigen test) of less than 24 hours.
For vaccinated travelers, there will no longer be any obligation to justify a compelling reason for coming to France, nor any obligation to respect a period of isolation on arrival on national territory. As such, the need to register, prior to travel, on the "passenger eOS" digital platform will be lifted. Screenings may be carried out at the places of arrival.
For unvaccinated travelers, travel from or to the United Kingdom will be authorized subject to being able to justify an overriding reason valid for “red” countries (https://www.interieur.gouv.fr/Actualites / L-actu-duMinistere / Certificate-of-deplacement-et-de-voyage).

Unvaccinated travelers from the United Kingdom must continue to register, before their departure, on the digital platform "passenger eOS" (https://passager.serveureos.org/), allowing in particular to enter the address of their stay in France.

They must, on their arrival in France, observe a strict quarantine period of 10 days at this place; this quarantine will be controlled by the security forces.
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Do we still need the passe sanitaire? A child we're taking (12y/o) has had one jab but not the other so I think we'd need to test him every morning in order to go up. Does that sound right?
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So, who are the good guys for no-stress 24hr antigen tests then! Very Happy
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