Coronavirus Update Holidays to France 

9 August, 2021

Quarantine is lifted

Fully vaccinated people and their children can now visit France without quarantining on their return to the UK, after travel rule changes came into force today (9th August, 2021). Unvaccinated travellers still have to self-isolate at home for 10 days.

Travelling to France

Travel documents required if travelling to France (read full details here:

If you are vaccinated:

  • Proof of vaccination. Children under 12 have the same vaccination status as the adults they are travelling with, children over 12 have to have evidence of a negative PCR test.
  • Sworn declaration – find document on link above.

If you are not vaccinated:

France has its own traffic light system for international travel, similar to the UK’s. England is currently on the French amber list which means that people who are unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated will only be permitted to travel for essential reasons.

Returning from France

All travellers, including UK nationals, must show proof of a negative Covid test taken up to three days before departure to the UK. Advice from the Department for Transport warns that your airline or carrier may refuse you boarding if you do not provide proof of a negative test, or you may be fined on arrival.

After Sunday 8th August, fully vaccinated arrivals and people under the age of 18 will not have to quarantine or take a test on the eighth day after returning.

However, you must have had your final dose of a Covid vaccine at least 14 days before arriving back in England, and will still have to book and take a PCR test two days after returning.

Unvaccinated travellers will have to quarantine for 10 days upon arrival and take a Covid-19 test on the second and eighth day of isolation.

Restrictions to attractions in France

When you are in France, from 21 July, you will need to demonstrate your COVID-19 status (vaccination status, negative test or proof of recent recovery) to access events/spaces with over 50 people attending.

From August 1st this will apply to a wider group of leisure activities as well as some public transport.

Proof of vaccination for adults and negative testing for children over the age of 12 will be required in cafes, restaurants and attractions. You will be able to purchase testing kits in France, at the moment the cost is said to be around 49 euros for a PCR test and 29 euros for an antigen test.

Useful links

From the Gov website: rules for entering England

Read more here about how to travel to and from France with amber list rules:

The rules vary depending on which country you are travelling to from France (ie. England / Scotland / Wales / N Ireland). Read more on those rules here:


The Gov website states that people wanting Covid tests for travelling must pay for their own tests.

You can find a list of private testing providers here on the Gov website.

More useful links about travel to France: