First published on 21st March 2020. Latest update: 3 July
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to unprecedented international border closures, travel restrictions and lockdown measures that are impacting fishing holidays in France. Since mid-March, a number of measures have been adopted by the UK and French governments to address domestic and international travel arrangements both during lockdown and coming out of lockdown.
On this page, you will find a summary of the major announcements made in both the UK and France related to travel so that you know exactly what is allowed and what is not and whether you can go carp fishing in France. For those of you booked on a carp fishing holiday at Beausoleil, we will also outline our booking policy during this crisis to reassure you that your Beausoleil holiday is safe whatever restrictions are in place.
Can I go fishing in France?
As of 17 March 2020, the UK Government is advising British nationals against all but essential international travel. This follows measures announced in France on 16 March 2020 to introduce a period of lockdown starting 17 March for an initial period of 15 days. The French lockdown was in place until 11th May when restrictions started to be lifted in stages.
Travelling from the UK to France
Since 8 April 2020, there are specific requirements in place for travelling in France from the UK. The Ministère de l’Intérieur has stated that European Union and British nationals have to carry an international travel certificate. The certificate lists the specific circumstances under which you can enter France and going on holiday isn’t one of them. It has to be shown to border control and to your travel provider. The certificate can be found here (scroll down to the section entitled: international travel to metropolitan France).
Early May, the French Interior Minister announced that the French borders will stay closed to all but essential travel until at least 15 June. On 23rd May, the UK government announced that people arriving in the UK from 8 June must self-isolate, except for key workers. The new quarantine system will be reviewed every three weeks. France said it would impose reciprocal measures for any European country enforcing a quarantine.
On 8 June, the UK government put in place a 14 day quarantine for all arrivals to the UK (with some limited exceptions) with a review due on the 28 June. On 15 June, the French borders re-opened to all visitors from European countries, including the UK. However, travellers arriving from the UK, whatever their nationality, are asked to go into a voluntary 14-day quarantine until further notice. This is a reciprocal measure to the quarantine measures put in place by the UK.
Update 3 July
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office has announced today that, from 4 July, France is exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel. Additionally, the UK government has confirmed that from 10 July, travellers arriving back to England from France will not have to quarantine anymore. You can check the FCO advice for France here.
Can I go on holiday to France?
Since the 15th of June, holiday makers from the UK have been allowed to come to France without having to fill in a form. The UK put a quarantine in place from the 8th of June which will end on the 10th of July for travellers going back to England from France. From the 10th of July, there will be no travel restrictions at all between England and France.
We will keep this page updated if there are further changes to the travel requirements from the UK or France.
Our next available week is the 24th October 2020 at the special price of £1,150 for 4 people.
Your Beausoleil fishing holiday is safe during the coronavirus crisis
We are looking after everyone
In line with the directives from the authorities, Beausoleil has been closed since 17 March due to the international and domestic travel restrictions. We have contacted all customers impacted and continue to monitor the situation. We look forward to welcoming anglers back to Beausoleil from 4 July.
We want to make sure that you all know where you stand regarding your booking. If the borders are closed due to the coronavirus or there are travel restrictions and you are unable to travel out on your due date of departure, and you cannot get a refund from your insurance, we will either:
- Move your holiday to a date later in the year
- Move your holiday to next year
- Make a full refund (balance and deposit). We continue to ask for the balance payment as normal when it’s due.
If you want to cancel your holiday before you’ve paid your balance payment, our standard terms and conditions apply and your deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable.
To summarise: you won’t lose your deposit or balance payment if there are travel restrictions at the time of your holiday. Hopefully, this will reassure you that we are doing our absolute best for our customers during this coronavirus crisis. We’d like to thank those of you that have already paid your balance and a massive thanks to those of you that have offered financial support to help share the pain, we are very grateful.
Beausoleil is here to stay
While there is much uncertainty ahead of us, we want to reassure you that Beausoleil is here to stay. There will be a significant impact to the temporary closure of the fishery but we will weather the storm. You can continue to book your Beausoleil fishing holiday as normal as our booking calendar is always up to date. Make sure you check our special offers page as some weeks may become available at the last minute.
We took over Beausoleil in 2011 and since then have made significant investments in the venue to continue to improve the facilities and to better look after our fish. We’ve always had and always will have an eye on the long term and we’ll be here and ready when you want to book your next fishing holiday at Beausoleil.
We are extending our season and we’ll be open in November and December
We feel for those of you that had been planning their fishing holiday for a year or more and had to cancel. To give you more options to get the dream fishing holiday you want, we are extending our 2020 season and will be open until the end of the year.
Keep an eye on our YouTube channel
As we get the rare privilege to enjoy Beausoleil on our own, we’ll be taking the opportunity to put a few more fishing tutorials on our YouTube channel and on the website. I’ve got loads of ideas and at least if you can’t come to one of my tutorials this year, this may give you some ideas next time you’re out on the bank. Don’t forget to subscribe to our channel.
Here’s our latest video. It’s our first vlog and there’s plenty of rod bending action and a load of carpy chat.
Latest travel advice during the COVID-19 crisis
UK general advice: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public
UK Travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus
France advice: https://www.gouvernement.fr/info-coronavirus
Many thanks for all your messages of support, we really appreciate it. Please be safe and look after your loved ones and we look forward to seeing you on the banks of Beausoleil soon.
Matt & Ren