France Travel Restrictions
We’ll keep you updated with France travel restrictions due to Covid, the UK’s traffic light system and when you can come and visit Les Gets and Morzine for a holiday in France.
France travel restrictions due to Covid
1 August 2022
From today (1 August 2022), all COVID-19 travel restrictions have been lifted for those travelling from the UK.
You no longer need:- proof of vaccination
– to fill out travel forms or a sworn statement
– proof of a negative PCR or antigen test upon arrival in France
Check out www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/france for the full details and latest advice.
4 April 2022
The UK is now on France’s green list, which means:
- No more paperwork when travelling directly between the UK and France
- Unvaccinated travellers can now go on holiday to France, without the need to give a compelling reason for travel. They also don’t need to test on arrival or isolate.
- Single-jabbed teens can now travel to France
With great snowfall over the past few days, are you up for a last-minute ski trip?
Check out www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/france for the full details and www.hunterchalets.com to see what chalets are still available.
15 March 2022
From 4am on Friday 18 March, the UK will remove the remaining COVID-19 international travel restrictions for all passengers.
This means that if you are travelling back to the UK from France, you will no longer have to:
- Take a test
- Complete a Passenger Locator Form (PLF)
You can find full details at https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/france.
14 March 2022
NEWS: the Pass Sanitaire and Pass Vaccinal end today!Life will be a lot simpler in the resorts of Morzine and Les Gets. Come and enjoy some last-minute skiing or give us a shout to plan a summer stay.
4 March 2022
News just in! From Monday 14 March, the Pass Vaccinal / Pass Sanitaire will come to an end and face masks will no longer be compulsory indoors! This is fantastic news, especially for families with teens, and makes the whole holiday experience even easier.
We have availability w/c 20 March and have made some big reductions, so now seems like the perfect time to get your ski fix before the end of the season.
6 January 2022
There have been a few news updates today for our UK guests. There is no longer a pre-departure test before flying back to England. The Day 2 PCR test on your return home has also been replaced with a lateral flow test and you do not have to quarantine to wait for the results. These changes are for double vaccinated/boosted travellers from 4am on Friday and are a step in the right direction when travel does open up again. The list of compelling reasons for travelling to France from the UK has also been updated to include some professional reasons.A date for reopening the border for Brits is also due to be discussed next week (Wednesday 12 Jan) at the next defence council meeting. We hope to bring you positive news very soon.
18 December 2021
From Saturday 18 December 2021, travel from the UK to France is only allowed for people with an essential reason. We will be keeping a close eye on this and will update this page as soon as anything changes.
30 November 2021
What a week it’s been so far for travel news. We are so pleased to announce today Switzerland has done a U-turn and you can transit through Geneva Airport and onwards to Morzine and Les Gets in France.
The Swiss government clarified today (30 November) that you will not have to quarantine, as long as you travel through Switzerland in less than 24 hours and do not stop over. If you would like to know more, visit the UK’s travel advice for Switzerland and France or your home country’s government website.
And even bigger news, there has been a huge snowfall over the past few days and both Avoriaz and Les Gets are opening their ski lifts this weekend! We’re looking forward to seeing you all for a long-awaited (and well deserved) ski holiday.
1 November 2021
From 1 November, those travelling from the UK to France by Eurostar who are not fully vaccinated will be asked to take a Covid-19 test upon arrival at Gare du Nord. Anyone testing positive for Covid-19 will be subject to mandatory self-isolation for 10 days. Take a look at the UK government’s entry requirements for more details.
4 October 2020
As of today, the traffic light system has been scrapped. The UK Government has announced changes to the travel testing requirements, and testing will now be determined based on the vaccination status of the individual, rather than the status of the country from which they are arriving.
- Fully vaccinated arrivals no longer need a pre-departure test.
- Fully vaccinated arrivals still need a Day 2 PCR test (further changes to this rule at the end of the month).
- The list of countries accepted as fully vaccinated arrivals is expanded with the addition of 17 new countries.
- Unvaccinated arrivals will have to perform a pre-departure test, as well as self-isolate and perform a Day 2 & Day 8 test.
22 September 2021
Demonstrating your COVID-19 status
France will accept the UK’s proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record at the border. For details on how to demonstrate your COVID-19 status in domestic settings in France, see the Coronavirus page. Your NHS appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.
8 September 2021
Driving abroad From 28 September, UK stickers will replace GB stickers. Check the GOV.UK displaying number plates website for more information on what to do if you are driving outside the UK.
4 September 2021
Children aged 12 years old or over who are not fully vaccinated and travelling with a fully vaccinated adult are required to present a negative test result (PCR or antigen). However, they do not need to provide an essential reason for travel, nor do they need to self-isolate on arrival.
Children aged 12 years old or over who are unvaccinated and travelling alone are subject to the same conditions adults who are not fully vaccinated. Children aged 11 years old or younger do not need to present a negative test result to travel.
You can find full details on the government website.
5 August 2021
Fully vaccinated passengers returning to England, Scotland and Northern Ireland from France will no longer need to quarantine after 4am on Sunday. This means holidays are back on the cards to France and no more changes to the traffic light system are due for another three weeks. Take a look at our chalet availability or give us a call for more details.
30 July 2021
From 9 August, certain forms of transport, such as cross country trains, will require passengers to demonstrate their COVID-19 status through the “pass sanitaire”. For UK citizens, this can be via the NHS App. You can find more info on the UK government’s website.
22 July 2021
Demonstrating your COVID-19 vaccination status
France will accept the UK’s solutions, including both digital and paper certification, to demonstrate your COVID vaccination status at the border. Your NHS appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.
18 July 2021
Travel between the UK and France
The UK is currently on France’s amber list. Please see the section below on all the requirements for travelling to France from an amber country.
You should not use the NHS testing service to get a test in order to facilitate your travel to another country. You should arrange to take a private test from a private coronavirus testing provider.
HGV or van drivers arriving in France from the UK are no longer required to provide a negative COVID-19 test to enter France. The latest information for HGV or van drivers is available on this UK government website.
Amber list countries:
The UK is currently on the French amber list. Entry requirements are different depending on whether you are fully vaccinated or not.
Unvaccinated (or not fully vaccinated) arrivals in France from countries on the French amber list will only be permitted to travel for essential reasons (from the list specified for this category of country). Those who are not fully vaccinated will also need to present the following documents:
- a completed International Travel Certificate to confirm their essential reason for travel. In exceptional circumstances, the French Consulate in London may be able to assist with travel for an essential reason not listed on the International Travel Certificate
- a completed ‘sworn statement’ (déclaration sur l’honneur) form self-certifying they are not suffering from symptoms associated with coronavirus and have not been in contact with confirmed cases in the preceding fortnight, and that they will self-isolate for seven days after arrival. This can be found on the French government’s website.
- From Sunday 18 July, arrivals aged 12 years old or over are required to present evidence of a negative test (PCR or antigen) taken within 24 hours of departure. Arrivals from most other amber countries will need evidence of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure or an antigen test taken within 48 hours of departure.
Children who are travelling with a fully vaccinated adult will be exempt from requirements to present a negative test result, self-isolate and provide an essential reason for travel, regardless of whether the minor has been vaccinated or not. Children aged 12 years old or over who are unvaccinated and travelling alone are subject to the same conditions as adults.
Travellers who are not fully vaccinated will need to self-isolate for 7 days after arrival, then take another PCR test following this period of self-isolation.
Travellers who are fully vaccinated do not need an essential reason to travel to France and do not need to self-isolate on arrival. From 18 July, fully vaccinated adults no longer need to present evidence of a negative test result before travel. Fully vaccinated travellers will need to present the following documents:
- a completed ‘sworn statement’ (déclaration sur l’honneur) form self-certifying they are not suffering from symptoms associated with coronavirus and have not been in contact with confirmed cases in the preceding fortnight. This can be found on the French government’s website
- proof of vaccination status
Further detail on who is considered fully vaccinated by the French government, and how you can prove your status, can be found below under ‘vaccination status’.
If you are not fully vaccinated, you will need to have an essential reason to travel from France to a country on France’s amber list. If you are fully vaccinated, you do not need to complete the certificate to leave metropolitan France, unless you are travelling to a country on France’s red list.
Full details for UK travellers can be found on the UK Government website.
17 July 2021
From 19 July travellers entering the UK from France to England must continue to quarantine for 10 days at home or in other accommodation, even if they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The test to release option is still available on day 5 of quarantine.
15 July 2021
From 21 July, people attending events and cultural spaces with over 50 people will be asked to demonstrate their COVID-19 status through the “pass sanitaire”. This can be acquired by fulfilling one of the following three criteria:
- Vaccination certificate, illustrating that you are fully vaccinated with a vaccine authorised by the European Medical Authority. This means:
o Two weeks after a second dose of Oxford/AstraZeneca, Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna.
o 28 days after a single dose of Johnson & Johnson.
o Two weeks after a single injection for those able to demonstrate they have already been infected (this only applies to those vaccinated in France).
- Negative PCR or antigen test result from the last 48 hours.
- A document (dated more than 11 days ago and less than six months ago) proving you have recently recovered from COVID.
From 1 August, you will need this to access a range of leisure facilities (bars, restaurants, museums, cinemas), hospitals, retirement homes and modes of transport such as long distance train and bus journeys and planes.
You can find more information on how to access the “pass sanitaire” (for those resident in France) from the French government. For those visiting France after being vaccinated in England, the French government has confirmed that you will be able to demonstrate that you are fully vaccinated either by presenting your NHS certificate through the NHS App, by downloading or printing the document, or by presenting your NHS letter. Find out more about how to access your COVID-19 status.
It is compulsory to wear facemasks in enclosed public spaces. This applies to those aged 11 and over. From 17 June 2021, it is no longer required to wear a facemask in outdoor public spaces, with some exceptions including gatherings, queues, markets, stadiums. Failure to comply with these restrictions may result in a fine. Please refer to local guidance for more information.
Wearing masks on public transport is compulsory for all users aged 11 and over, with fines for those who are not compliant. Masks are also compulsory in taxis and private hire vehicles without a plexiglass screen.
Some travel operators such as airlines may specify types of masks to be worn on board e.g. surgical masks, and may encourage you to take spares for long journeys. Please check with your travel operator before travelling.
8 July 2021
The UK government has just made an important announcement! Fully vaccinated travellers from England won’t need to quarantine on their return from amber list countries, including France. This is valid from 19 July and children can also travel without quarantining. We look forward to seeing you in Morzine and Les Gets this summer! Call us on 0203 745 3452 for availability and take a look at our flexible summer holiday booking policy.
5 July 2021
Boris Johnson has announced today that an update will be made this week about international travel and whether UK citizens will need to quarantine when returning from an amber country. France is currently listed as an amber country. We will keep you updated when more information is released.
20 June 2021
From 20 June, there is no longer a curfew in place. There are no internal travel restrictions in France due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It is no longer required to wear a mask in outdoor public spaces, with some exceptions including gatherings, queues, markets, stadiums.
11 June 2021
A quick guide to France’s traffic light system:
Green list countries:
If travelling from a country on the green list, travellers will not need to have an essential reason to enter France or to self-isolate.
If you are fully vaccinated you will not need a pre-departure test.
The countries currently on France’s green list are: the European area (defined by the French Ministry of the Interior as EU Member States, Andorra, Holy See, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino and Switzerland), Australia, South Korea, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, Lebanon.
Amber list countries:
Travellers who are fully vaccinated, will need to have proof of a negative PCR test within 72 hours of departure, or a negative antigen test result within 48 hours of departure. You will not need to justify an essential reason for travel or to self-isolate on arrival.
Those who are not fully vaccinated will only be permitted to travel for essential reasons (from the list specified for this category of country). They will need to carry certain documentation on arrival and will need to isolate for 7 days after arrival, then take another PCR test following this period of self-isolation.
If you are not fully vaccinated, you will need to have an essential reason to travel from France to a country on their amber list. If you are fully vaccinated, you do not need to complete the certificate to leave metropolitan France.
The countries on the amber list include the UK.
Red list countries:
If travelling from a country on the red list, you must have an essential reason for travel (from the list specified for this category of country).
You will need to carry the following documents when arriving in France:
- a negative PCR or antigen test result from within 48 hours of departure;
- a completed International Travel Certificate to confirm your essential reason for travel; and
- a completed ‘sworn statement’ (déclaration sur l’honneur) form self-certifying they are not suffering from symptoms associated with coronavirus and have not been in contact with confirmed cases in the preceding fortnight. This can be found on the French government’s website.
You will be required to take an antigen test on arrival.
If not fully vaccinated, you will have to self-isolate for 10 days, and could be subject to security checks.
If you are fully vaccinated, you will need to self-isolate for 7 days.
If you are travelling from France to a country on the red list, you will need to complete the international travel certificate, to confirm your essential reason to travel.
The countries currently on France’s red list are: South Africa, Argentina, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Surinam, Turkey, Uruguay.
10 June 2021
A national curfew is in place from 11pm to 6am, during which an attestation (self-certified document) is required to leave home. Attestations are available on the French Interior Ministry website and through the ‘Tous anti-Covid’ digital app. There are no internal travel restrictions in France. From 9 June, indoor hospitality and sports venues are reopening.
9 June 2021
France is open to international travellers.
Entry requirements and regulations depend on the country you are travelling from.
You can find a handy guide on the easyJet website. easyJet has announced that affordable PCR tests will also be available for £43 each when flying with the airline.
The UK and the USA are currently on France’s orange list, where a PCR test is needed for entry. All of the EU and Schengen zone countries are on the green list.
Take a look at our chalet availability or give us a call for more details. We have a new flexible summer booking policy and flexible ski holiday policy to give you peace of mind when booking.
6 June 2021
Strategy for reopening of borders from 9 June onwards
From 9 June onwards, tourist traffic between France and foreign countries will be reopened under procedures which vary depending on the health situation in the other country and the vaccination status of travellers.
Countries have been classified on the basis of health indicators. The country lists are liable to be adjusted depending on changes in their epidemic situations (the lists can be found here: https://www.gouvernement.fr/info-coronavirus/deplacements).
The United Kingdom is currently in the “Amber” category
Travellers wishing to go abroad must find out in advance about any restrictions imposed by the destination countries (find out more here: https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/fr/conseils-aux-voyageurs). You are strongly advised not to travel to “red” countries.
France accepts the vaccines recognized by the European Medicines Agency (EMA): Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson.
Proof of vaccination is valid only if it shows that the full course of the vaccine has been administered, i.e.:
2 weeks after the 2nd injection for two-dose vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca);
4 weeks after the injection for single-dose vaccines (Johnson & Johnson) ;
2 weeks after the vaccine for people who have previously had COVID-19 (only 1 injection needed).
For more information, visit the Consulat website
3 June 2021
From Monday 31 May, travel to France from the UK is permitted only for EU nationals, French residents, or those travelling for one of the essential reasons set out by the French Government. This applies to all air, car, ferry and train passengers.
Arrivals from the UK who are resident in France may need to show proof of residence. Those who are not French residents or EU nationals will need to complete an International Travel Certificate to confirm their essential reason for travel.
Arrivals from the UK will need to complete a ‘sworn statement’ (déclaration sur l’honneur) form self-certifying they are not suffering from symptoms associated with coronavirus and have not been in contact with confirmed cases in the preceding fortnight. This can be found on the French government’s website.
The French government strongly advises limiting international travel to a minimum.
Find out more at gov.uk
28 May 2021
From 31 May, travel to France from the UK is only permitted for EU nationals, French residents, or those travelling for essential reasons.
Find out more at gov.uk
6 May 2021
Travellers from England will be allowed to travel internationally from 17 May 2021. The government’s traffic light system has released a list of destinations in the green, amber and red categories.
France has been placed in the amber category (see below for the entry and quarantine details). The traffic light system will be reviewed every three weeks and Grant Shapps, Secretary of State for Transport in the UK, has hinted that more countries such as France will be added to the green list as their vaccination numbers increase, meaning you won’t have to quarantine on your return.
1 May 2021
President Emmanuel Macron has just announced his plan for easing Covid restrictions in France. The four-step plan starts this Monday, allowing domestic travel to reopen. Foreign travellers will be welcomed back to France from 9 June 2021 if they have a certificate of vaccination or a negative PCR test*.
Our chalets are opening for summer stays from 6 June so, when you feel ready, get in touch to book.
Key dates from President Macron
3 May: Domestic travel reopens
19 May: Non-essential businesses can reopen
19 May: Restaurants and cafes will welcome customers outdoors, with a maximum of six people per table
9 June: Foreign tourists can enter the country if they have a certificate of vaccination or a negative PCR test
30 June: The nighttime curfew, and most other restrictions, will be lifted
*These French reopening dates are provisional and subject to change.
Full details, including curfew times, can be found on government websites.
A guide to the traffic light system
This month, the UK government confirmed international travel will be based on a traffic light system. When international travel reopens for UK travellers, countries will be categorised as green, amber or red destinations.
Here is a quick overview of what that means…
Our chalets open on 6 June