Brexit: travel rules between the UK and France
On 1 January 2021 Brexit came into effect, re-establishing the borders between the UK and France. Here's the information you need to know before planning trips between the two countries.
Please consult our dedicated Covid-19 article for the latest updates on travel between the UK and France.
Following a transition period, Brexit came into effect on 1 January 2021 and the UK left the European Union. Free movement no longer applies between the UK and France, and migration controls have been re-established to and from the UK.
For British travellers to France:
Since 1 January 2021, British nationals have been subject to more in-depth checks when travelling. They are encouraged to allow additional time for border control and use the queue labelled 'Ressortissant de pays tiers' rather than 'EU / EEA / CH'.
British nationals who are not resident in an EU Member State and who wish to travel to France for a short stay (a maximum of 90 days in a 180-day period), or who are in transit to another Member State or to the Schengen area, do not require a visa.
Travellers need to:
- present their passport with at least six months' validity, which will be stamped upon entering and leaving the Schengen area. The maximum duration of a short stay cannot exceed 90 days within a period of 180 days;
- be able to prove that they have sufficient funds to meet their needs during their stay. With some exceptions, the minimum required in France is calculated as 65 euros per day. Examples of proof include cash or a bank statement;
- obtain travel insurance covering all medical, hospital and death expenses that could be incurred during their stay in France, including repatriation costs for medical reasons. Current EHIC cards will still be valid until their expiry date.
The supporting documents used to verify compliance with the entry conditions are listed in Annex I of the Schengen Borders Code, accessible here (External link) .
Further information on travel arrangements for British nationals to France is available on the French government website here (External link) and the UK government website here (External link) .
For international tourists wishing to visit both France and the UK on the same trip:
EU, EEA and Swiss citizens can travel to the UK visa-free for holidays or short stays. A passport valid for the duration of the stay is required to enter UK territory. Until 1 October 2021, it is also possible to travel with a valid national ID card.
For nationals from outside the EU, a visa may be required to stay in the UK. Further information is available on the UK government website here (External link) .
Travellers from the UK to France are subject to customs control to comply with deductibles for purchases made in the UK, in quantity for alcohol and tobacco, and in value for other goods. The level of these exemptions is specified on the French Directorate General of Customs and Excise website here (External link) .
Purchases made in France may be eligible for tax relief - check here (External link) . PABLO machines, which automate this process, are available in ports, airports and train stations serving the UK.
Further information on customs procedures for UK travellers to France is available on the French government website here (External link) and the UK government website here (External link) .
Download the Brexit guide for travellers (French only) (External link)
British nationals travelling to France for a short stay can drive under their UK driving licence. An international driving licence is not required.
Travelling with pets
It is no longer possible to enter an EU territory with a European pet passport issued in the UK. British nationals travelling to France with dogs or cats must comply with the following health conditions defined by the regulation of 12 June 2013:
- ensure that pets are identifiable by way of a microchip or clearly legible tattoo made before 3 July 2011;
- ensure that pets have been vaccinated against rabies and that the vaccine is still valid;
- ensure that each pet has a health certificate issued by a registered UK vet. The certificate must be accompanied by proof of vaccination against rabies as well as a document attesting to the pet's ID. Certificates are valid for a period of 10 days from the date of issue and must be presented during border checks during this period. They remain valid in EU territories and Northern Ireland for a period of four months.
EU or Northern Irish nationals returning from a temporary stay in the UK and transporting dogs or cats to France must be in possession of a European pet passport. The passport must certify a valid anti-rabies vaccination and must be presented at border control.
On arrival in France, travellers with pets will need to enter through a designated travellers’ point of entry (TPE).
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Everything You Need for Post-Brexit Travel Between France & UK: Document Checklist
Now that the UK is no longer in the EU, there are a number of differences to take into account when travelling between France and the UK, and a substantial amount more paperwork is needed than before.
To eliminate any confusion, we’ve put together this guide with everything you need to know about customs restrictions, passports, and border requirements post-Brexit. We’ve even included a handy checklist at the end to make sure you don’t forget anything.
IMPORTANT: Please note that this article concerns general post-Brexit travel information and does not cover any Covid-19-related travel restrictions – we recommend that you always double-check the latest travel regulations for the UK (which you can find here ) and France (which you can find here ) before travelling.
Passports, Visas, and Travel Requirements for 2022
What are the changes regarding your travel documents and visa requirements now that the UK has left the EU?
I’m a British citizen and wish to travel to France:
As a British citizen travelling to France post-Brexit, there are three main changes to be aware of:
- Your Passport
Since the UK left the EU, new navy blue British passports are now available. However, if you still hold a valid EU-style burgundy passport, this will remain valid until it expires, so there is no need to change your passport. More importantly, in order to travel to the EU, you must have more than six months left on your passport before the expiry date.
The official wording for this is that your passport must be:
- valid for at least three months after the day you plan to leave France or any other Schengen country
- less than 10 years old (the three months you need when leaving a country must be within 10 years of the passport issue date).
Read our article Is Your British Passport Valid After Brexit?
- Your Travel Health Insurance
Post-Brexit, British citizens can no longer apply for a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). However, current EHICs will remain valid until their expiration date, and British citizens will still be able to benefit from reciprocal emergency travel health insurance through the use of either a current EHIC or by applying for a GHIC (Global Health Insurance Card) – see our article on the EHIC and GHIC for more details.
It’s important to note that the official guidelines state that a GHIC is not a replacement for travel insurance (more on this in a moment).
- Your right to travel to the EU
As the UK is no longer in the EU, British citizens can only travel to France and the EU for a period of 90 days within every 180 days without a visa. It’s important to understand how the 90/180 days in the EU are calculated as it can be a bit confusing, and it is your responsibility to ensure that you do not overstay the 90 days – fines apply if you do, and multiple overstays may lead to further problems.
Your passport will be stamped each time you enter and leave the Schengen Area, and supporting documents may be required (more on that in a moment).
If you wish to stay longer than this, you must apply for a visa in the UK. Our complete guide to French visas will help you decide if you need a visa and what kind of visa you need.
I’m a British citizen resident in France and wish to travel to the UK
If you are a British citizen (i.e. you still travel using a British passport) but are also a permanent resident in France, there are also new rules to be aware of when you travel between the UK and your home in France.
The above-mentioned rules regarding your British passport also apply to you, so you should ensure you have at least six months validity on your passport before travelling (if not, you can renew your British passport from France ). You are not subject to the 90-day when returning to France, but you must always travel with your Titre de Sejour (residency card) in order to prove this (more on this in the border section below).
As a French resident, you are also entitled to apply for an EHIC in France (find out how to do that here ), which will cover you for essential healthcare while visiting the UK. Note that as a non-resident UK citizen, you do not have a right to use the NHS when travelling in the UK without this card (an exception to this is holders of an UK-issued S1 form ).
Travelling with French friends or family
It’s also worth mentioning that if you travel to the UK with friends or family members who are French citizens or citizens of another EU country, they will now need a valid passport in order to enter the UK (it was previously possible to travel using their National ID card). However, they won’t need a visa to visit for tourism purposes for up to six months, and they will also be covered by their EHIC.
Border Control: What To Expect When Travelling Between France and the UK
Whether arriving at an airport, ferry port, or Eurotunnel station, British citizens arriving in France will no longer be able to use the passport control lanes reserved for EU, EEA and Swiss citizens. There are also additional documents that you will need to show when you arrive at border control. Here’s what you need to know.
I’m a UK resident travelling to France
If you are a British citizen and UK resident coming to France for under 90 days, we’ve already established that you do not need a visa to enter France. However, you should bring with you the following:
- Proof of second home ownership (for example, a recent electricity or property tax bill, or copy of the deeds)
- Proof of your hotel, Airbnb, gite, or other accommodation reservation
- An ‘attestation d’accueil’ from a host with which you are staying (for example, a friend or family member) – this must be requested by your host from their local Mairie and sent to you prior to your arrival in France
- Proof of sufficient funds to cover accommodation if you do not have proof of where you will be staying (see below).
- Travel insurance policy certificate, which covers you for all medical and hospital expenses in France, including repatriation costs and expenses (which are not covered by your GHIC). See the guidelines on what your travel insurance policy should include here .
- GHIC card (optional but recommended).
- Onward or return ticket showing the date you intend to leave France and/or the Schengen Zone (it goes without saying that this date should be within the allowed 90 day period)
- €65 per person, per day, assuming you already have a hotel or similar accommodation booking.
- €32.50 per person, per day if you are staying with hosts (and have the above-mentioned ‘attestation d’accueil’) or at your own property.
- €120 per person, per day if you have no proof of accommodation
After presenting all requested documents, you will have your passport stamped to show the date that you entered the Schengen zone. Do make sure your passport is stamped whenever you enter or leave the Schengen zone; otherwise, border guards will presume that you have overstayed your visa-free limit.
Post-Brexit border controls: How strict are they likely to be?
The above list is taken from the official requirements for entering France, which you can view here .
A question that many Brits have been asking is whether or not these documents will really all be required – after all, it’s quite a lot of paperwork for travellers who are used to regularly hopping over the Channel with little more than a passport. When it comes to documents such as travel insurance and the ‘attestation d’accueil’, many Brits have reported passing through border control in 2021 without being asked for all of the above documents; others have reported being asked for them.
With regards to health insurance in particular, we’ve heard reports of Brits entering the country on a 90-day visa and also being granted temporary long-stay visitor visas with only their EHIC/GHIC – however, the official guidelines above state a need for a separate travel policy.
It remains unsure how strict border controls will be in the future, but the bottom line is that border control agents are within their legal right to ask for some or all of these documents before permitting you to enter France, and they may refuse you entry if you cannot supply the requested documents .
Our best advice is therefore to follow the rules and make sure you have all the correct paperwork – better safe than sorry.
Arriving in France with a long-stay visa
Note that if you hold a long-stay visa, there may be other documents you need to bring with you – see our step-by-step guide to applying for a French long-stay visa , and follow the specific guidelines issued to you depending on your visa type.
I’m a British Citizen and French resident travelling to the UK
As a British Citizen who is permanently resident in France, you won’t have any extra requirements for entering the UK (although you will, of course, need to present your passport and any Covid-related documents). However, there are some things to be aware of when leaving and re-entering France.
Firstly, it is your responsibility to present your Carte de Séjour residency permit along with your passport when leaving and entering France. As a French resident, you are not subject to the 90-day rule and should not have your passport stamped when leaving or entering France. However, over the last year, there have been mixed reports of residents having their passports stamped or not. Hopefully, as the rules become clearer to border guards, these inconsistencies will iron themselves out, but it’s a good idea to be proactive and clearly state that you are a French resident before handing over both your Carte de Séjour and your passport.
Ultimately, if your passport is stamped, don’t worry – legally, your residency permit trumps the stamp, and your right to residency will not be in question. However, it can make it awkward when leaving the country, as border guards may wrongly assume you have overstayed the 90 days.
Customs Regulations: What Can I Take Between France and the UK
Now we’ve covered all the necessary documents, another important change to be aware of are the rules and regulations regarding customs – i.e. what you can and can’t bring into France or back to the UK now that the UK has left the EU. These rules apply to anyone travelling between the two countries, regardless of your residency status.
You can see full details of the customs regulations for entering France here , but here are some of the most important things to note:
- Prohibited items include flowers, plants and plant products, firewood, animal products (so that means no bacon, cheese, sausages, etc.), but also all animal-derived products, including milk (so no suet puddings, custard, sweets containing gelatine, and even chocolate – as it contains milk)
- You may bring new items purchased or gifts received in the UK into France without filling out a customs declaration form if they do not exceed €430 (if arriving by plane or boat) or €300 (if arriving by car or train). Goods over this amount must be declared, and the relevant duties and taxes paid.
- You may bring up to 200 cigarettes, 4L of wine or 16L of beer into the country duty-free.
- You may bring prescription medications for personal use without a prescription, unless you are bringing more than three months’ supply – in which case, you must present a prescription.
You can see full details of the customs regulations for entering the UK here , but here are some of the most important things to note:
- You can bring most meat, fish, dairy and other animal products into the UK, providing they are of EU origin.
- You may bring new items purchased or gifts received in France into the UK without filling out a customs declaration form if they do not exceed your personal allowance. This depends on where in the UK you are going – see here for more details.
- You may bring alcohol back from France up to the tune of 42L of beer, 18L of wine (or 9L of sparkling or fortified wine), or 4L of spirits and other liquors.
One potential upside of Brexit for UK residents is that at purchase you make during your time in France may be eligible for a VAT refund .
Post-Brexit Customs Restrictions & Allowances Between France and the UK
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Travelling by Car
If you are travelling to France by car, many things will stay the same as prior to Brexit. However, UK-registered cars must now clearly display a UK sticker on their car (unless your UK registration plates are ‘Europlates’ and display the GB Euro-symbol) – this UK sticker replaces the old ‘GB’ sticker.
UK drivers are not required to have green card insurance; however, you should check that your car is insured for driving in Europe and consider taking out European breakdown assistance too. Read more in our guide to Driving to France from the UK after Brexit .
Travelling with Pets
UK pets are no longer able to travel to France using the EU passport system – however, they can still accompany their owners to France. All dogs and cats coming to France must be microchipped or tattooed, must be vaccinated for rabies, and must have an Animal Health Certificate issued by a UK vet. Read more in our guide to Pets and Pet Passports After Brexit .
Since the UK left the EU, UK operators have been able to reintroduce roaming charges for British customers travelling to France and the EU. It’s essential to check with your service provider whether or not you will be subject to roaming charges in the EU, and if so, you might want to consider taking out a specific travel package to keep costs to a minimum.
Travel to France Pre-Departure Checklist 2022/2023
Getting ready to travel to France? To summarise the above information, here’s a handy pre-departure checklist of all the documents you need to travel to France from the UK.
(Note: this checklist is for British citizens and UK residents travelling to France for less than 90 days)
- Proof of accommodation (see article above for possible options)
- Your travel insurance policy certificate
- Onward or return ticket
- Bank statement or other proof of sufficient funds
If travelling by car to France
- Your UK driving licence
- Your vehicle’s V5C registration certificate
- Up-to-date vehicle tax and MOT
- Proof of car insurance (valid in Europe)
- UK sticker clearly displayed on your vehicle
- Headlight converters/beam reflectors
- An in-car security kit including a minimum of 1 hi-vis/reflective jacket and a warning triangle.
Depending on when and where you are travelling in France:
- Crit’Air Sticker , if required
- Snow chains or similar ( if required )
If bringing a pet to France
- Your pet’s passport or identity document
- Proof of rabies vaccination
- Your pet’s Animal Health Certificate
Final to-do list
- Turn mobile roaming off on your phone (if required)
- Double-check you aren’t carrying any prohibited items such as plants or fresh meat, or dairy products.
- Be sure that any goods purchased in the UK that you are bringing into France do not exceed your personal allowance.
- Bring prescriptions for any medications if you are carrying more than a 3-month supply.
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Friday August 19 2022, 09:00am
France is one of the most popular holiday destinations for British travellers. It’s no wonder given the delicious food, quaffable wine, stunning landscapes and the wealth of cultural attractions. In fact, some 17 million of us visit our European neighbour each year.
And as of August 1, entering France is easier than ever as all Covid travel restrictions have been lifted. Here’s everything you need to know .
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What are France’s entry requirements?
There are no travel restrictions for entering France, regardless of vaccination status and where you are coming from. Visitors will no longer need to complete any forms, give a “compelling reason” to enter, or present the sworn statement. This applies to mainland France and its overseas territories, such as Guadeloupe, Martinique, Saint Barthélemy and Reunion.
However, French authorities have said they will retain the right to activate an “emergency brake” and introduce restrictions if the public health picture worsens, for the example with a new Covid variant.
Previously, France insisted on a full course of vaccination and, for unvaccinated travellers, a negative antigen test.
Can I travel to France if I’m unvaccinated?
Yes. There are no additional restrictions for unvaccinated travellers .
What are the restrictions domestically?
Nationally, almost all restrictions have been withdrawn, including the wearing of masks in most situations. However, local authorities can still impose their own restrictions, including the requirement to wear masks on public transport or in medical facilities such as a hospital.
The vaccine pass is no longer required for activities such as visiting restaurants, bars or shops. The French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs still recommends downloading the TousAntiCovid app , which you can use to scan all of your vaccination and Covid test results, and check for latest updates on Covid-related restrictions.
Is it safe to travel to France?
France is on the whole very safe for tourists. However, following a series of high-profile terror incidents, the UK Foreign Office has maintained its warning that there is a general threat from terrorism. Travellers should therefore remain vigilant, especially when attending major events.
During the summer, there is also a threat from forest fires in many parts of France, with visitors being advised to familiarise themselves with the local restrictions in place.
Where are the best places to visit?
Paris , of course. Whether it’s your first time in this City of Love, or you’re a frequent visitor, there’s always something to see and do — especially if culture is what you’re after. The Eiffel Tower, Sacré-Cœur and the Louvre are all familiar tourist haunts, but it’s the romance of Le Marais that will make you fall in love with this city. Or you can always take inspiration from Emily in Paris .
From about mid-May, the heat gets dialled up in the south of France, figuratively and literally. Fly into Nice for the glitz and glam of the Côte d’Azur en route to Cannes, or head east towards Monaco for the little postcard-perfect villages like Beaulieu-sur-Mer and Èze. Alternatively, fly or catch the Eurostar down to rough and ready Marseille for top notch bouillabaisse and to scale the cliffs of Parc National des Calanques.
For wine lovers, the options are endless. Base yourself in Reims to explore the grand champagne houses and their network of chalk cellars, before stocking up for your next big celebration. Or go to Bordeaux to soak up the knowledge in the city’s wine museum, La Cité du Vin, before tasting your way from the Left Bank to the Right Bank; the village of Saint-Émilion is especially pretty to cycle through on a fine summer’s day. And if you enjoy life in the slow lane, why not commandeer a boat and tour the Canal du Midi — wineries are in abundance here and many have sun-drenched terraces for lunch.
When it comes to food, France really comes into its own. The simple pleasure of breaking into a warm baguette before slathering it with butter hardly needs explanation — and it can be found everywhere. For something a bit more intimate, try Périgueux. Some of the best bistros will only open after the truffle market has closed, and when they finally invite you in for a casse-croûte (snack), you’ll be glad you loosened your belt in preparation. In Sète, a vibrant port city, you’ll have the pick of restaurants with canal views. Whichever one you choose, make sure you try the fresh and plump oysters from the nearby Étang de Thau, preferably matched with the sharp acidity of a chilled Picpoul de Pinet.
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French people who are living abroad, travelling or returning from abroad, as well as visitors from abroad, will find answers below to frequently asked questions on COVID-19 measures.
This FAQ supplements the information on the Conseils aux voyageurs (Travel advice, in French only) section.
— Last updated on 26 August 2022 —
What are the rules relating to the vaccine pass?
Since 14 March 2022, the “vaccine pass” has been lifted in France in all areas where it was previously required (cultural and leisure venues, commercial catering, professional trade shows, etc.). Similarly, the COVID certificate is no longer required as of 1 August 2022.
What are the current rules applied at national borders?
Since the outset of the crisis, the health check system at borders has protected our healthcare system and delayed the arrival into France of worrying variants. This system was removed on 1 August 2022.
Therefore, the rules previously in place for travellers to France no longer apply :
- Travellers no longer have any formalities to complete before arriving into mainland or overseas France, and the COVID certificate can no longer be required, irrespective of the country or area of origin;
- Proof of a compelling reason for travel can no longer be required ;
- Travellers no longer need to present a sworn declaration that they are not infected with COVID-19 and pledge to take an antigen test or biological exam upon arrival in France. This also applies to travel between mainland France and each of the overseas territories.
However, in the event of a dangerous variant, a system requiring a negative virological test upon entering France may be reinstated for travellers arriving from countries believed to be at risk.
The government will thus maintain the option to use “emergency brake” measures for a maximum period of two months, following a recommendation from the Haute autorité de santé (French National Authority for Health) in the event of the emergence and circulation of a new COVID-19 variant which can be a serious health risk, or in overseas territories, if the health system is at risk of saturation.
Furthermore, for foreign travel, a vaccination certificate, a negative test certificate or proof of recovery in EU format may be required by the destination country. It is also recommended to store all relevant documents on the TousAntiCovid application or print them out.
For the health rules in force for entering other countries, travellers should visit the “ Conseils aux voyageurs ” section on the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs website (in French only).
What are the rules concerning mask-wearing in France?
- Mask-wearing is no longer mandatory in establishments open to the public, nor on board maritime, river, land and air transport;
- Mask-wearing continues to be recommended in enclosed and small spaces, and at large gatherings for vulnerable persons due to their age;
- It is also highly recommended in hospitals and retirement homes.
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Travel to France (& back) from the UK in 2021- requirements and rules
Confused by the rules about travel to and from the UK, and what you need to do and organise when travelling between the UK & France in terms of paperwork requirements and quarantine rules in order to cross the border? Here’s our experience.
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Travelling to France from the UK
I’ve been undecided about whether to write this post or not because, as soon as I write it, there’s a high chance the rules will change and it will become out of date.
So, let me start with this caveat: this is my experience of crossing from the UK to France in October 2021. If you would like to read about my experience of travelling from France back into the UK, I’ve left it at the bottom of this update, but please bear in mind this was a while ago and the rules have almost definitely changed since then!
Please check the most up-to-date travel guidelines from the UK government here.
Lastly- nothing here is meant to encourage anyone to break, bend or twist the rules for travel as set by the current Government guidelines. Please stay safe and help others to do so too.
Right, with that out of the way, let’s begin with the specifics.
Travel from the UK to France- gone wrong!
Things did NOT go smoothly on our trip from the UK to France in October 2021. Here’s what happened (click the image to watch).
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What paperwork you need to travel from UK to France:
- Passport (check expiry date)
- NHS app showing valid vaccinations. If you are not vaccinated, check the UK Gov website for rules and you will need an essential reason for travel.
- Declaration of Honour (for French side)
- Tous Anti Covid app ( found here )
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Mr WB travelled with our dog, Mac. We didn’t need an Animal Health certificate as Mac has a French passport. If you’d like to know about how the rules have changed for travelling with animals after BREXIT, click here.
Once the NHS app worked, it was surprisingly simple. The hardest part was getting the QR code from my phone to my laptop (thank goodness for airdrop) so I could scan it on the Tous AntiCovid app.
We haven’t bothered organising any tests for getting back into the UK as I believe the rules are changing at the end of October. If you’re unsure, check the UK GOV website.
PREVIOUS TRAVEL (from May 2021)
This is the experience of travelling from France to the UK in May 2021. I believe it’s now almost entirely out of date.
Understanding the tiers
There are currently 3 different tiers of countries- Red, Amber and Green. There are different rules in place for when you travel into the UK depending on which tier the country you have been visiting is in. Here are the current lists.
Also, they are only interested in the country(ies) you have visited 10 days before entering the UK. My experience was from France, which at the time was an Amber country.
If you have visited a country on the red list 10 days or less before entering the UK, at the time of writing you can only enter if you are a UK national/ resident AND you pay to quarantine in a COVID hotel.
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Travelling from France to the UK- things to do
Before I travelled from France to the UK, it felt a bit like a military operation- trying to organise everything which needed to be done and get it done in the right timeframe.
Here’s the order I recommend to do everything:
- Book your exact travel time from France to the UK
- Book your PCR-COVID-19 test in France or the country you are in (to be done within 72 hours of reaching the UK border)
- Book your dog vet tapeworm appointment (to be 1-5 days before travel)
- Order your UK COVID tests to be delivered to your place of quarantine
- Get the registration numbers of these UK covid tests (needed for your Passenger Locator Form)
- Complete your passenger locator form (can only be done 48 hours before reaching the UK border)
- Print out EVERYTHING
- Have a large glass of wine or a cool beer- you’ve earned it. (Unless you’re driving of course!)
PCR COVID-19 test
One of the most important things you need before being able to cross the border is proof of a negative COVID test. You must go for this test within 72 hours of reaching the UK border … which is not as easy as it sounds.
In France, they have a type of place called a Laboratoire. This is where you get blood tests and other fun tests your doctor requests to be done. Each major town has at least one Laboratoire and cities can have multiple. It’s unlikely you’ll find them in smaller towns and very rarely in villages- you’re looking for big settlements. You can also get them done at some pharamacies. There is some information here to help you find and book places.
(On a side note, this will DEFINITELY count as an ‘urban area’, so if you’re travelling in a motorhome over 3.5 tonnes, don’t forget to display your blind spot warning stickers !)
In order to book, you’ll need to contact the laboratoire or pharmacy (I recommend at least a week before you need the test) and book to have your test within the time window. Make sure they know it is a test for travel (‘pour voyage’) so that they put it on the fast track.
Despite their faults with many, many other parts of the pandemic, the French testing system worked incredibly well. My test was booked for 10.20am and I had the results on my email by 5pm that same day!
To get the test, I needed:
- proof of id (passport or Carte de Sejour)
- payment/ French healthcare card
- email address and phone number
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Tests needed for a dog
While we’re talking about tests, you’ll be pleased to know that travelling with a dog from France to the UK hasn’t changed- they still need to visit a vet 1-5 days before travel in order to get a tapeworm tablet and your passport or Animal Health Certificate stamped. (It’s going from the UK to France where the rules have changed- read our guide on travelling with your dog to Europe here.)
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Print things out
Once you’ve completed the form, you need to start printing. Both the French and the UK borders wanted documents printed out, not stored on a phone or laptop. You will need a printed copy of:
- Your negative PCR COVID-19 test (I recommend printing at least 2 copies of this in case the border wants to keep one)
- Your completed Passenger locator form (again, worth printing at least 2 of this)
- A visa (if you need one to enter the UK- UK residents or citizens do not normally need a visa)
Other things to remember- now that the UK is not in the EU, there is a duty-free limit. See how much alcohol/ tobacco/ cash etc you can carry here .
Returning to the UK from France- Crossing the border
To be honest, after all that paperwork, the actual experience of travelling wasn’t as bad as I expected. I was asked lots of questions, both at the French and UK borders, about my reason for travel, where I was going and who I would be interacting with. But nothing unexpected.
On the ferry from Caen to Portsmouth (which sadly had closed its pet friendly cabins at the time) masks were strictly enforced and you could only travel if you booked a cabin. Also, they brought people down to their vehicles by either a colour system or by floor number of your cabin, so there weren’t too many people milling around. I believe the restaurant was open, but the bar and shops were closed, although I didn’t use any of the facilities at all and stayed in the cabin for the duration. Poor Mac had to stay in the vehicle for the first time ever, which wasn’t our first choice, but he was ok.
Once back in the UK, most people will need to quarantine, usually at home. Here are the current guidelines on how to do that.
The Day 2 and Day 8 testing kit was easy to use and understand and I got the results by email within 24 hours of posting the test, which was really impressive. Be sure to use a PRIORITY post box to make sure your kit gets to the centre in a timely manner- you can find your closest one here.
And that was that. Was it a faff? Yes. Is it necessary to take precautions? Definitely.
In my opinion, the UK has done such a fantastic job vaccinating people (especially compared to the rest of Europe), that it’s important to be extra careful when travelling from any other country.
Again, this was my experience in May 2021. How long the above will be valid for is unclear, but I hope you found it useful.
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Uk Travel Document To France
Getting the necessary travel documents in order for a holiday abroad can be a time consuming and daunting task, especially when passport regulations are not well understood. A UK citizen intending to travel to France must fulfill certain requirements, particularly with regards to visas, passports, and other requirements. This article will provide a comprehensive guide on the travel document requirements for a trip from the UK to France. Additionally, it will outline the potential advantages and disadvantages of such a venture.
Travel Document Requirements for the UK to France
Before travelling to France, citizens from the UK must consider the relevant passport and visa requirements. A UK passport is required to enter France, and it must be valid for at least three months beyond the intended departure date. Visas are not required for trips of fewer than 90 days. Upon entry to France, a Customs Officer may ask for additional documents, such as proof of return, proof of sufficient funds, and a detailed itinerary. In regards to additional necessary documents, it will depend upon the purpose of the trip. For example, those attending business meetings must provide proof of their professional status, such as an official letter from the organization they are representing. Those travelling for medical purposes must provide relevant medical documents, such as a doctor’s note and prescriptions.
Advantages of Travel from the UK to France
Travelling from the UK to France can be an exciting experience, with opportunities for culture, cuisine, and relaxation. French culture is particularly rich, with language, architecture, the arts, and fashion boasting centuries of influence worldwide. Visitors to France can experience the vibrant atmosphere of Paris and the beauty of the French countryside. Additionally, they can enjoy delicious cuisine and fine wines, while exploring the country’s magnificent natural beauty, including mountaintop villages, Mediterranean beaches, and lush forests.
Disadvantages of Travel from the UK to France
As with any international travel, there are certain drawbacks to keep in mind. French hotels can be expensive, and transportation for visitors can be more expensive than other countries. It’s important to plan ahead to ensure the least costly transportation, lodging and sightseeing options. Additionally, attractions and services can be limited in some areas, particularly the countryside. Crime levels are low in France in comparison to other countries but crime still exists. Visitors should be advised to remain alert and aware of their surroundings, particularly when exploring tourist locations.
Advice to Visitors
Those wishing to travel from the UK to France must do their research and research the local culture before arriving. It is also a good idea to book accommodations in advance, as this is a more economical option and can give visitors more time for sightseeing and relaxation. As with all international trips, visitors should ensure that they are covered by health insurance in case of any medical emergencies. Finally, visitors from the UK should remember to bring all the necessary documents and to expect to invest time and money to ensure the smooth travels. With the right preparation and research, a holiday to France can be a rewarding and enjoyable experience. It is preferable to plan ahead of time and become familiar with the local culture, as this will surely make the trip more enjoyable.
In conclusion, for UK citizens travelling to France, there are passport and visa requirements to be met, as well as certain documents to bring. However, it is worth going through the necessary steps in order to experience the culture, cuisine, and natural beauty of France. Proper preparation and researching the culture beforehand can ensure a more enjoyable and cost-effective trip.
Shirley J. Blanc is a French expat and a passionate Francophile. She has been living in France for over a decade, and loves to share her experiences and knowledge about the country with others. Shirley has written extensively on topics such as French culture, language, travel, and cuisine.
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Which Countries Accept A UK Refugee Travel Document
Published: November 1, 2023
Modified: December 28, 2023
by Floria Mckim
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Welcome to our comprehensive guide on which countries accept a UK Refugee Travel Document. The journey of a refugee is marked by immense challenges and uncertainties. Obtaining refugee status in a new country is a significant milestone, granting individuals the right to protection and a chance to rebuild their lives. One essential document that facilitates this journey is the UK Refugee Travel Document.
What exactly is a UK Refugee Travel Document, and why is it important? To put it simply, it is an official travel document issued to individuals who have been granted refugee status in the United Kingdom. This document serves as an identity proof and allows refugees to travel internationally while ensuring their protection and safety.
For refugees, having the ability to travel is not only a matter of personal freedom but can also be crucial in certain situations. Whether it is reuniting with family members, attending important events, or seeking educational and employment opportunities abroad, the UK Refugee Travel Document plays a vital role in facilitating these journeys.
In this article, we will delve into the countries that accept a UK Refugee Travel Document and explore any potential travel restrictions that may be imposed. We will also provide some valuable tips for traveling with a UK Refugee Travel Document, ensuring a smoother and more hassle-free experience.
It is important to note that travel regulations can vary between countries and are subject to change. We recommend consulting with the relevant authorities or embassies of the countries you plan to visit for the most up-to-date information. With that said, let’s explore the world of travel opportunities that await UK Refugee Travel Document holders.
What is a UK Refugee Travel Document?
A UK Refugee Travel Document, also known as a Convention Travel Document, is an official document issued by the UK government to individuals who have been granted refugee status in the United Kingdom. It serves as proof of identity and travel authorization for refugees, enabling them to travel internationally while enjoying the rights and protections granted to them through their refugee status.
The UK Refugee Travel Document is recognized by numerous countries around the world as a valid travel document, allowing refugees to enter and exit these countries and travel within their borders. It is important to note that this document is not a passport and does not grant the same privileges as a passport held by a citizen of a particular country. However, it serves as a viable alternative for refugees who are unable to obtain a passport from their home country.
The UK Refugee Travel Document is designed to comply with international standards set forth by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). It contains essential information about the document holder, including their full name, date of birth, nationality (as “Refugee”), and a photograph. The document also includes a unique document number and is typically valid for up to 10 years, although the exact validity period may vary.
It is crucial to understand that the UK Refugee Travel Document is only issued to individuals who have been granted refugee status by the UK government. Refugees who have been given humanitarian protection or discretionary leave to remain in the UK may not be eligible for this travel document. It is essential to consult with the relevant immigration authorities or seek legal advice to determine eligibility and understand the specific requirements for obtaining a UK Refugee Travel Document.
With a UK Refugee Travel Document in hand, refugees gain the ability to travel internationally, which can be instrumental in a variety of situations. From attending family events and weddings to pursuing educational opportunities or participating in international conferences, the UK Refugee Travel Document opens up a world of possibilities and helps refugees maintain connections and build new lives beyond their country of refuge.
Overview of Refugee Convention Signatories
The international community recognizes the importance of protecting refugees and providing them with the rights and support they need. Several international agreements and conventions have been established to ensure the welfare and safety of refugees, one of which is the 1951 Refugee Convention.
The 1951 Refugee Convention, also known as the Geneva Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, is an international treaty that outlines the rights and obligations of signatory countries towards refugees. It defines who is considered a refugee and the legal protections they are entitled to receive.
Currently, 149 countries have signed and ratified the 1951 Refugee Convention, affirming their commitment to upholding the rights and protection of refugees. These signatory countries are obligated to offer assistance to refugees, including granting them access to legal protection, education, employment, and healthcare, among other essential services.
It is vital to note that not all countries that have signed the Refugee Convention automatically accept the UK Refugee Travel Document. Each country retains the authority to establish its own policies and requirements for accepting travel documents issued by other countries.
When planning international travel with a UK Refugee Travel Document, it is crucial to consider the specific travel regulations and restrictions implemented by each country you intend to visit. While many signatory countries accept the UK Refugee Travel Document, some may have additional requirements or restrictions that need to be taken into account.
It is also worth noting that there are some countries that, despite being signatories to the Refugee Convention, do not accept the UK Refugee Travel Document. Their decision may be based on various factors, including their internal immigration policies or diplomatic relations with the issuing country.
As such, it is imperative to thoroughly research and understand the travel policies of each country you wish to visit. Consulting with the relevant embassies or consulates is highly recommended to obtain accurate and up-to-date information regarding the acceptance of the UK Refugee Travel Document.
Overall, the Refugee Convention and its signatory countries play a crucial role in protecting and supporting refugees worldwide. It is through these international agreements that refugees are granted legal protections and the chance to rebuild their lives in a safe and welcoming environment. Understanding the nuances of each country’s acceptance policies ensures a smoother and more enjoyable travel experience for UK Refugee Travel Document holders.
Countries that Accept UK Refugee Travel Document
Refugees who possess a UK Refugee Travel Document have the opportunity to explore and visit numerous countries worldwide. While acceptance policies may vary, the UK Refugee Travel Document is generally recognized as a valid travel document by many nations.
Here are some of the countries that commonly accept the UK Refugee Travel Document:
- European Union (EU) Countries: Most EU member states, including Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Sweden, and the Netherlands, recognize the UK Refugee Travel Document and allow entry for tourism, business, or temporary visits. However, it is essential to check the specific visa requirements or travel restrictions imposed by each country.
- United States: The United States accepts the UK Refugee Travel Document for temporary visits under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) or with the appropriate nonimmigrant visa. However, individuals with refugee status should consult with the U.S. Department of State or the nearest U.S. embassy for detailed information.
- Canada: UK Refugee Travel Document holders can travel to Canada for tourism, business, or study purposes. They may require an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) or a visitor visa, depending on their nationality. It is advisable to check the Canadian government’s official website or consult with the nearest Canadian embassy for precise information.
- Australia: Australia generally accepts the UK Refugee Travel Document for temporary visits. However, travelers are required to obtain a valid visa, such as an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) or another appropriate visa category. It is important to review the Australian government’s official visa information or consult with the nearest Australian embassy or consulate.
- New Zealand: UK Refugee Travel Document holders can travel to New Zealand for tourism, business, or study purposes. They typically need to apply for a visitor visa, which can be done through the New Zealand immigration website or the nearest New Zealand embassy or consulate.
It is crucial to note that travel regulations can change, and entry requirements may vary depending on the purpose of travel, nationality, and specific circumstances. Therefore, it is always advisable to check the current travel policies of the desired destination country by consulting with applicable embassies, consulates, or official government websites.
Furthermore, it is essential to be aware that even when a country accepts the UK Refugee Travel Document, there may be additional entry requirements, such as visa applications or proof of sufficient funds to support the trip. Adhering to these requirements and obtaining the necessary visas or permits well in advance can help ensure a smooth and hassle-free travel experience.
Overall, UK Refugee Travel Document holders have the opportunity to explore numerous countries and experience different cultures around the world. By staying informed about entry requirements and planning accordingly, refugees can make the most of their travel opportunities and create enriching experiences beyond their country of refuge.
Potential Travel Restrictions for UK Refugee Travel Document Holders
While the UK Refugee Travel Document is generally accepted by many countries, it is important for holders to be aware of potential travel restrictions they may encounter. These restrictions can vary depending on the destination country’s immigration policies and diplomatic relations.
Here are some potential travel restrictions that UK Refugee Travel Document holders may face:
- Visa Requirements: Some countries may require UK Refugee Travel Document holders to obtain a visa before entering. The visa application process may involve providing additional documentation, such as proof of accommodation, travel itinerary, or financial means to support the trip. It is crucial to check the visa requirements of the desired destination and apply well in advance.
- Limited Stay Duration: Certain countries may impose limits on the duration of stay for UK Refugee Travel Document holders. It is essential to be aware of these restrictions and comply with the authorized length of stay to avoid legal issues or penalties.
- Travel Advisories: Travel advisories issued by governments to their citizens may also affect UK Refugee Travel Document holders. If a destination is subject to an active travel advisory, it is important to assess the risks involved and consider whether travel to that particular country is advisable at the time.
- Transit Restrictions: Some countries may have transit restrictions for individuals traveling with a UK Refugee Travel Document. This means that even if the destination country accepts the travel document, transiting through another country en route may not be permitted. It is crucial to check transit requirements and potential restrictions when planning multi-leg journeys.
- Pre-clearance Requirements: In some cases, UK Refugee Travel Document holders may need to undergo pre-clearance procedures, such as obtaining an entry permit or providing additional documentation, before boarding a flight or entering a specific country. It is essential to verify if any pre-clearance requirements exist for the intended destination and comply with the necessary procedures.
It is important to note that travel restrictions can change over time and can vary between countries. Therefore, it is crucial for UK Refugee Travel Document holders to stay informed about the latest travel advisories, entry requirements, and immigration policies of the countries they plan to visit.
Before embarking on any international trip, it is highly recommended to consult with the relevant embassies, consulates, or immigration authorities of the destination countries. They will provide up-to-date and accurate information regarding any potential travel restrictions, visa requirements, or other necessary documents.
By being proactive and well-informed, UK Refugee Travel Document holders can ensure a smoother and more enjoyable travel experience while minimizing any unforeseen challenges or complications that may arise during their journey.
Tips for Traveling with a UK Refugee Travel Document
Traveling with a UK Refugee Travel Document can be an exciting and fulfilling experience. To help ensure a smooth and enjoyable journey, here are some essential tips to keep in mind:
- Research Destination Requirements: Before traveling to a specific country, thoroughly research the entry requirements and visa policies for UK Refugee Travel Document holders. Check if a visa is required, the duration of stay allowed, and any other specific documentation that may be needed.
- Check Travel Advisories: Stay updated on travel advisories issued by authorities of the destination country and your home country. These advisories provide important information about safety concerns, political unrest, natural disasters, and other factors that may affect your travel plans.
- Ensure Validity of Travel Document: Confirm that your UK Refugee Travel Document is valid for the duration of your planned trip. Some countries require the document’s validity to extend beyond the planned departure date from their territory.
- Keep Copies of Travel Documents: Make digital and physical copies of your UK Refugee Travel Document and other important travel documents. Keep a copy with a trusted family member or friend and carry a duplicate set with you in case of loss or theft.
- Contact Embassies or Consulates: Reach out to the embassies or consulates of the countries you plan to visit to confirm any specific requirements or restrictions for UK Refugee Travel Document holders. They can provide the most accurate and up-to-date information.
- Plan Ahead: Give yourself plenty of time to plan your trip, including obtaining visas, booking accommodations, and arranging transportation. Some countries may have lengthy visa processing times, so it is advisable to start the visa application process well in advance.
- Travel Insurance: Consider purchasing travel insurance that covers medical emergencies, trip cancellation, or lost belongings. It provides peace of mind and financial protection in case unexpected situations arise during your journey.
- Stay Informed: Stay informed about the local customs, traditions, and cultural norms of the countries you plan to visit. This will help ensure you respect the local culture and avoid any unintentional misunderstandings.
- Practice Safety Precautions: Keep your travel documents secure at all times, be cautious of your surroundings, and follow general safety precautions. Familiarize yourself with emergency contact information and the location of your country’s embassy or consulate in each destination.
- Follow Immigration Rules: Always adhere to the immigration rules and regulations of the countries you visit. Abide by the specified duration of stay, avoid any prohibited activities, and ensure your conduct aligns with the local laws and regulations.
Remember, traveling with a UK Refugee Travel Document provides you with unique opportunities to explore new destinations and embrace new experiences. By staying informed, prepared, and respectful, you can make the most of your travels and create lasting memories.
Traveling with a UK Refugee Travel Document opens up a world of possibilities for individuals who have been granted refugee status in the United Kingdom. While there may be potential travel restrictions and varying acceptance policies, the majority of countries recognize the validity of the UK Refugee Travel Document and welcome holders for temporary visits and tourism.
It is crucial for UK Refugee Travel Document holders to familiarize themselves with the entry requirements, visa policies, and travel advisories of the countries they intend to visit. Staying informed about any potential travel restrictions and adhering to the immigration rules of each destination ensures a smoother and more enjoyable travel experience.
By conducting thorough research, consulting with relevant embassies or consulates, and planning ahead, UK Refugee Travel Document holders can navigate the complexities of international travel with confidence. Keeping copies of important travel documents, purchasing travel insurance, and practicing safety precautions are all essential elements of a successful trip.
The ability to travel internationally with a UK Refugee Travel Document empowers refugees to maintain connections, explore new horizons, and access educational and employment opportunities worldwide. It is a crucial step towards rebuilding their lives and embracing new experiences beyond their country of refuge.
As acceptance policies and travel regulations can change, it is important to stay up to date and consult with relevant authorities when planning trips. By doing so, UK Refugee Travel Document holders can make the most of their journeys, connect with different cultures, and create remarkable memories along the way.
Remember, traveling with a UK Refugee Travel Document is not just about visiting new places—it is about embracing the spirit of resilience and hope, celebrating newfound freedoms, and seizing the opportunities that lie ahead.
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Less than 6 months
To travel to the United Kingdom (England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland), you must present your passport valid at the border.
Only the French have a status (provisional or not) of resident (called Settled Status or Pre-Settled Status ) in the United Kingdom will be able to continue to present their identity cards until 2025.
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if you are stopping at an international airport in the United Kingdom, it is recommended to check the documents required by your country of destination. If necessary, you will need to make a visa application .
More than 6 months
In case of a stay of more than 6 months in the United Kingdom, you must apply for a visa . This is mainly the case if you want to work, study or settle there.
Traveling with one of his parents
A French miner who travels to the United Kingdom (England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland), must have a passport valid.
Only French minors with a status (provisional or not) of resident ( Settled Status or Pre-Settled Status ) in the United Kingdom will be able to continue to present their identity cards until 2025.
Traveling alone or with another person
A French minor traveling to the United Kingdom (England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland) must have with him:
- a valid passport
- and one authorization to leave the territory (AST) if he is not accompanied by his parents.
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Britons warned about travelling in France as the country faces 'severe disruption' imminently
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France is a popular holiday destination among Britons and many will likely have had there this week with some schools on their half term holidays.
However, the UK Government has alerted Britons to strike action taking place now that could impact their travel plans.
The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office said: "Between 8pm Thursday, February 15 and 8am Monday, February 19, strike action by onboard train managers will severely disrupt national and regional rail services, with many services cancelled."
Britons were advised: "Check your operator’s advice before travelling, including where you are taking connecting trains."
Paris, France is an incredibly popular tourist destination among Britons
The strike action currently taking place is not the only strike action planned in France this year.
A seven-month strike notice is expected to hit Ile-de-France as workers affiliated with the CGT-RATP (General Confederation of Labor-Paris Autonomous Transport Administration) will walk off the bus and metro network from February 5 to September 9.
The UK Government offered further guidance on travelling to France, under Warnings and Insurance.
GOV.UK said: "No travel can be guaranteed safe. Read all the advice in this guide as well as support for British nationals abroad which includes advice on preparing for travel abroad and reducing risks, and information for women, LGBT and disabled travellers.
"Follow and contact FCDO travel on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. You can also sign up to get email notifications when this advice is updated."
Those travelling were also advised to research their destinations and obtain the appropriate travel insurance.
This should cover your itinerary, planned activities and expenses in case of an emergency.
France is not the only country Britons have been given travel guidance on recently.
- Low-cost airline Vueling announces new flights from the UK to France and Spain just in time for summer
- Britons visiting Spain could face new measures affecting tourists on beaches
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Check your operator’s advice before traveling in France
Britons were told to be aware of political demonstrations happening in popular holiday hotspot Cyprus. GOV.UK advised: "Demonstrations may occur with little or no warning in cities. Events in the Middle East have led to heightened tensions and demonstrations are likely."
The Government advised three events Britons should avoid in Cyprus to stay safe .
Britons were also recently told to be "extra vigilant" in Turkey due to potential attacks.
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