First published on 21st March 2020. Latest update: 19 March 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to unprecedented international border closures, travel restrictions and lockdown measures that are impacting fishing holidays in France. Since March 2020, a number of measures have been adopted by the UK and French governments to address domestic and international travel arrangements both during and 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. As the situation has changed multiple times since March 2020, we are now only listing the latest developments. 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?
UK to France restrictions in place
On December 21st 2020, France announced the total closure of its border with the UK following the announcement by the UK government of a new strain of the Covid-19 virus. The border was completely closed for 48 hours before reopening on December 23rd for specific travellers only. The Foreign Office advises against all but essential travel to the whole of France based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.
24 January 2021 update
The French Prime Minister announced on January 7th that the ban on people travelling from the UK to France, with exceptions for residents and French nationals, will remain in place until further notice. Travel restrictions apply to all air, car, ferry and train passengers. Additionally, from January 18th, all travellers entering France from outside the EU, regardless of their nationality, must be tested for Covid-19 72 hours before departure and present the negative results to their travel company. On arrival, you are strongly advised to self-isolate for seven days and then take a second PCR test. This is not a legal requirement. Additionally, from January 24th, all travellers from Europe are also required to have a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to travel.
France to UK travel
Arrivals in the UK from France need to fill out a contact locator form and quarantine for 10 days on arrival, as has been the case since August 2020. From January 15th, all arrivals into the UK, including British citizens, will also need a negative Covid test taken in the 72 hours prior to travel.
23 February 2021 update
On the 22nd of February, the UK government announced a plan for ending the lockdown. As part of that plan, it said that the 17th of May will be the earliest date at which international holidays could resume, subject to a review by the Department of Transport. The Department will review how to allow more inbound and outbound travel and will report on the 12th of April.
19 March 2021 update
Since 15 March 2021, people travelling from the UK are no longer required to have a compelling reason to enter France. However, anyone travelling over the age of 11 still needs to present a negative PCR test taken less than 72 hours before departure. You must also fill in a sworn health declaration, which includes a commitment to self-isolate for seven days and carry out a second PCR test following the period of self-isolation. Updated rules can be found here.
Lockdown situation in France
From 4th April, France is in semi-lockdown for 4 weeks. All non-essential shops will be closed and there will be a ban on travelling more than 10km from home without good reason. A 7pm-6am curfew is also in place.
We will keep this page updated as the situation evolves.
Can I go on holiday to France?
At the moment, unless you are on the small list of exceptions, you cannot travel to France from the UK, at least until the 17th of May. Additionally, since August 2020, UK travellers have to quarantine for 2 weeks when travelling back to the UK. Since the 15th of March, France has lifted travel restrictions for anyone coming from the UK, however you need a negative Covid test and commit to self-isolate for 7 days.
Don’t miss our 2021 special offers
Your Beausoleil fishing holiday is safe during the coronavirus crisis
We are looking after everyone
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/quarantine 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.
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.
Keep an eye on our YouTube channel
As we get the rare privilege to enjoy Beausoleil on our own, we are 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 one of our latest videos, 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