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Travel Rules update from 4th October 2021

The situation may change and you should check the French and UK government websites for the definitive position.

Travel to France

At present in France fully vaccinated adults may travel to France with proof of vaccination status and may be accompanied by children under 12 with no further requirements and children 12 and over with a negative test. Un-vaccinated travel to France is not permitted without a compelling reason which does not include holidays.

However the rules in France are expected to change in October and it has widely expected that children 12 and over will also need to be vaccinated but this is not yet confirmed.

If you are fully vaccinated you can enter France from the UK as long as you:

Fully vaccinated adult travellers don’t have to provide proof of a negative PCR/antigen test result – but children aged 12 or over travelling with them do.

If you’re travelling from England or Wales, you can show the NHS Covid Pass as evidence of vaccination status. If you live in Scotland you can download a QR code or request an NHS letter. There is a similar Covid certificate for Northern Ireland residents.

Going through Geneva Airport

The State Secretary for Migration of Switzerland states that entering Switzerland from a third country that is not considered high-risk in order to travel on to another Schengen state i.e. the UK, the normal requirements for entering Switzerland apply. These are that travellers who are fully vaccinated can enter Switzerland and  children under the age of 16 are not required to provide proof of a negative coronavirus test on entering Switzerland. This implies that going through GVA airport will present no difficulty.

Return to the UK from Monday 4 October:

The red, amber and green traffic light system is being scrapped and there will be a new “simplified system” for international travel – with a single red list. The system will stay in place until at least the new year.

If you are fully vaccinated, you won’t need a pre-departure Covid test before arrival into the UK from a non-red country including France.

You will still need to take a PCR test on day two of your return, but from “later” in October it is hoped you will be able to take a cheaper lateral flow test. The government is aiming to have this in place for when people return from half-term breaks.

Whatever your Covid status, you will still need to fill out a passenger locator form for England.

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