FRANCE has changed its Covid rules regularly in recent months, making it tricky for Brits to keep up-to-date with requirements.
We’ve rounded up everything you need to know if you’re heading to France this half term.
We’ve rounded up everything you need to know if you’re travelling to France this half termCredit: Alamy
Can I travel to France?
Vaccinated Brits can travel to France without needing to show evidence of a negative PCR or antigen test, after the requirement was scrapped on Saturday.
To enter, fully vaccinated travellers aged 12 and over must show proof of vaccination and sign a statement confirming you’re not suffering with any Covid symptoms.
France is one of seven popular European countries that has put an expiration date on vaccine certificates.
That means that while some double jabbed Brits can enter, if your second jab was more than 270 days ago, you won’t be allowed in unless you’ve had a booster.
If your second jab was more than nine months ago and you haven’t had a booster, French authorities will consider you unvaccinated.
Unvaccinated Brits are still banned from entering France unless you have an essential reason.
Children under 12 are exempt from all Covid travel restrictions, but must still complete a sworn statement.
What are the Covid rules in France?
All French people and tourists aged 16 and over need to use a vaccine pass, or pass sanitaire, to enter places such as restaurants and bars.
To get the pass, people must show they are fully vaccinated – but there is a time limit on it, so anyone who received their second dose more than seven months ago needs to have had the booster jab.
However, from tomorrow that seven-month expiration date is being reduced to just four months.
That means Brits who had their second vaccine before mid-October but haven’t had their booster jab won’t be able to get a Covid pass.
The restriction might only be short-lived, because France has announced it could scrap the need for a Covid vaccine pass altogether from next month.
Government spokesperson Gabriel Attal said that this could happen by the end of March.
He said: “There are reasons to hope that by this time horizon the situation will have improved sufficiently for us to be able to lift its final measures.
“The number of cases is down 35 percent, the reproduction rate of the virus is now 0.77 – this shows that the epidemic is regressing.”
If you’re fully vaccinated and you test positive for Covid while you’re in France, you must self-isolate for seven days from the day you develop symptoms.
If you’re unvaccinated and you get Covid, you must self-isolate for 10 days.
Face masks are mandatory in all enclosed public spaces in France, including on public transport.
Nightclubs are scheduled to be reopened from Wednesday.
Vaccinated Brits can enter France without needing a negative PCR or antigen test after the requirement was scrapped on SaturdayCredit: Alamy