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Here is a summary of all the rules and restrictions that currently apply to UK passport holders when visiting France in 2021. The Covid related rules and restrictions are subject to change.

This post covers:
1. Covid travel rules when returning to the UK
2. Covid entry requirements into France
3. Regular entry requirements into France from non EU countries
4. Rules for visiting France post Brexit
5. Taking meat and dairy products into the EU post Brexit

1. Covid travel rules when returning to the UK

France is on the amber list of countries for entering England. From 19 July, despite the new rules for amber countries, anyone arriving from France to England must continue to quarantine for ten days at home or in other accommodation, even if they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

The Test to Release scheme remains an option for travellers to England to shorten their quarantine period should they test negative after day 5.

This information is a summary of the comprehensive foreign travel advice from the UK government which can be found here.

2. Covid entry requirements into France

Travellers from the UK, including children aged 11 and above, will need to present a negative PCR COVID-19 test result, carried out less than 72 hours before departure.

Fully vaccinated (2 weeks after 2nd dose) visitors do not have to quarantine on arrival. Non vaccinated travellers will need an essential reason to visit.

From August, the health pass (ie proof of vaccination) will be required for entering bars, cafes and restaurants as well as leisure and cultural venues.

3. Regular entry requirements into France from non EU countries

These are not new rules for UK citizens, they are existing rules that apply to all citizens travelling into France from a non-EU country.

  • At French border control, your passport may be stamped on entry and exit.
  • You should also be prepared to show proof of your accommodation ie a booking confirmation.
  • You should be prepared to show proof of insurance for your trip covering all medical expenses, which may be incurred during the entire period of your stay in France, including repatriation costs on medical grounds.
  • You should also be able to prove that you have enough money for your stay (cash or credit card).

4. Rules for visiting France post Brexit

You can find the full information from the UK government on the rules for visiting the EU here. Below are the most important points.

  • You will need at least 6 months validity left on your passport.
  • If you’re a tourist, you do not need a visa for short trips to EU countries. You can stay for up to 90 days in any 180-day period.
  • You should get a free UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) or European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before leaving the UK. If you already have an EHIC it will still be valid as long as it remains in date. This is not an alternative to travel insurance and you should have both before you travel. It does not cover all health-related costs, for example, medical repatriation, ongoing medical treatment and non-urgent treatment.
  • You will need to carry a Green Card as proof of your car insurance.
  • Check with your phone operator to find out about any roaming charges you might get from 1 January 2021.
  • Pet travel: you cannot use the existing pet passport scheme. Instead you’ll need an animal health certificate (AHC) for your pet. Allow at least 1 month to arrange this and relevant vaccinations. More information here.

5. Taking meat and dairy products into the EU

Since 1st January 2021, rules governing what food can be taken into the EU from the UK have tightened. The EU does not allow for meat, meat products, milk and dairy products to be brought in from countries outside the union.

There are some exceptions, for example certain amounts of powdered infant milk, infant food, or pet food required for medical reasons.

Check the rules about taking meat and milk products into the EU on the European Commission website here.

Boilies contain dairy products such as eggs and milk proteins, and many also contain fishmeal. As a result, you can no longer bring boilies in France. At Beausoleil, alongside our very successful home rolled Beausoleil boilies, we are now offering the premium range of Nash boilies, flake, hook baits, pop-ups and liquids. More information on what bait we offer can be found here.

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