As of today (April 19, 2021), France applies strength restrictions throughout France with a curfew from 7pm to 6am, and a general order to combat the Corona virus is in place.
The French and Irish Governments are advising against all non-essential travel. In France, case numbers have been rising steadily since December, and the seven-day incidence is currently around 250.
- UK goverment is once again tightening up their “Stay at home” Corona rule and declaring it law.
- As of April 15, 2021, Ireland apllies mandatory and strict quarantine for passengers arriving from France. The quarantine will take place in a hotel designated by the government
Currently, rapid increase of corona variants 20I/501Y.V1 are recorded in many French regions.
Currently strict lockdown measures apply to the whole country to slow down the spread of the virus until the 2d of May. (trips limited to 10 km from the place of residence, no inter-regional transport except for valid reasons, exit certificate, aso…). This means, you must not travel, including abroad, unless you have a legally permitted reason to do so. It is illegal to travel abroad for holidays and other leisure purposes*.
Travellers coming from the European Union need to have a negative COVID test taken within the previous 48 hours and a sworn statement abide by the rules for entry into French territory.
For entry from all other countries (including the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland), the following additional restrictions apply to this testing and verification requirement: Upon entry, the declaration of the existence of a recognized reason for entry must be carried. Finally, entrants are required to undergo a seven-day quarantine immediately after entry, after which retesting is required.
Authorised passengers arriving from the UK need to have a negative COVID test taken within the previous 48 hours. this certificate must be presented to the transport companies before boarding and at the frontier control authorities.
Ferry traffic for passengers is open as well the Eurotunnel servic and air travel. However tough restrictions apply.
Wearing a mask in open spaces is mandatory for all persons from the age of eleven in French cities and in all areas with high pedestrian traffic and all enclosed public spaces in France. (This means: all shops, town halls, public services, museums, local and long-distance public transport, catering establishments, common rooms of hotels) otherwise it costs €135.
Approx. 12,5 million people in France have received at least one dose of the vaccine. Immunization coverage rate in retirement homes is 85% for the first dose. Therefore, there is an improvement in all indicators among 75-year-old.
The authorities restricted selected areas of public life (Covid curfew measures, mandatory mask-wearing etc…).
A return to normality is possible after end of April 2021, provided that infection rates remain contained. Sport halls, cinemas, museums, amusement parks, discos and similar venues as well restaurants remain closed until this date.
British people should have agreed visa-free travel for short visits and can spend up to 90 days in the its Schengen zone during any 180-day period.
If you plan to travel by ferry from France to the United Kingdom, expect longer waiting times at customs.
About changes to customs regulations from 1 January 2021, please call the French customs administration on +33-811 204 444, or from abroad on +33-172 40 78 50.
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A toll-free hotline service (French only) answers your questions about the Coronavirus COVID-19 non-stop, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week: 0 800 130 000. The toll-free hotline service cannot give medical advice. If you have signs of a respiratory infection within 14 days of your return from an area where the coronavirus is spreading, dial 15, or send a text to 114 if you have a speech or hearing impairment.