UK-France travel June 15: Your options by air, train, ferry
General travel to France from other European countries, including the UK, is set to open up again on Monday, June 15. Connexion looks at what the travel options are between France and the UK from next week.
This is also the case for many other EU countries, some of which, like Italy, are already open.
It means that from Monday no form (with a limited number of valid reasons) will be needed to enter mainland France and tourists and second homeowners are able to return – transport options allowing.
Connexion looks at the travel options between France and the UK from next week.
(Information correct as of 10:00 Friday, June 12).
Remember, a 14-day obligatory quarantine remains in place for all arrivals in the UK – including returning holidaying Britons and those coming back from trips to second homes in France. In return, a voluntary 14-day quarantine is asked by France for arrivals from the UK. The UK quarantine rule is in place until June 29 when it will be reviewed to see if it should be extended for another three weeks.
Travelling by air
EasyJet has announced that some flights will resume from June 15 from key airports.
Flying will be possible on domestic routes across the UK and France and on a minimal number of international routes.
Domestic French services include, for example, Toulouse to Nice and Nice to Paris.
The only France-UK route operating from June 15 is Nice - London Gatwick, although Connexion has been told of at least one booking in late June being cancelled as the flight is no longer scheduled.
The firm says more France-UK flights will be added as demand returns and border restrictions lift.
A spokesperson for easyJet said: “easyJet has decided to resume a small number of flights on routes that we believe will have sufficient demand as of June 15, including London Gatwick to Nice. Despite the quarantine rules currently in place, this is still a route that we see customer demand for, for example, due to second homeowners.”
British Airways says “this is a fast-moving situation”, and customers are advised to check on their website for the latest information. British Airways is running a limited service of flights between France and the UK, from Paris to London, and Nice to London.
More flights will be available from July 1.
Ryanair is grounded until July 1. Then 40% of the flights will be back to normal. Until then, the company is keeping a limited flights schedule which includes flights between the UK and Ireland, as well as the UK and Germany, Portugal, Romania, and the Netherlands.
This limited schedule is valid until June 20 and may evolve later. There are no flights listed between France and the UK at the moment.
Booking a flight from France to the UK with Air France is already possible online although some flights are not direct.
There are a limited number of flights available from Paris and Lyon to London and Manchester, from Nice to London, and Bordeaux to London.
The firm says it is gradually strengthening its flight schedule for the summer of 2020. The company will propose more flights and be at 20% of its usual capacity by the end of June.
In July and August, the gradual increase in the number of frequencies and destinations will continue. The company plans to be at 80% of its capacity during summer with 150 destinations available including London, Manchester, Dublin, Cork and other European destinations such as Barcelona, Roma.
Travel by train
SNCF + Eurostar
SNCF and Eurostar trains are operating every day. SNCF is planning to be back to normal service from June 29, and 80% of its services will be operating from mid-June.
However this week, SNCF cancelled 5% of TGV trains scheduled for this summer due to the lack of passengers.
Exchanges and cancellations for those who have booked a trip are free of charge until August 31.
Until June 28, Eurostar is not running trains to and from these stations: Ashford International and Ebbsfleet International in the UK; Calais Fréthun, Marne La Vallée, Lille Europe, Lyon Part Dieu, Avignon TGV, and Marseille Saint Charles (for trains which have a direct stop there) in France.
A face mask is required on both SNCF and Eurostar trains. Although only one seat out of two was available before for Eurostar and SNCF trains, this restriction is being lifted and all seats can be booked from mid-June.
Travelling by ferry
All Brittany Ferries passenger services are suspended until June 28. Only freight services are currently operating. However, it is possible to book a sailing from June 29 onwards.
Available routes to book are Cherbourg-Poole; Cherbourg-Portsmouth; Le Havre-Portsmouth; Caen-Portsmouth; Saint Malo-Portsmouth; Roscoff-Plymouth (in both directions).
P&O Ferries is running a limited number of ferries from Dover to Calais and Calais to Dover, which can be booked directly on their website. Foot-passenger services are currently not available, and passengers are required to travel with a face mask.
DFDS ferries are running as usual between Dunkirk and Dover for freight and passengers. The wearing of a face mask is compulsory and passengers going to the UK are required to register their contact, travel and address information within 48 hours of arrival.
Travelling via Eurotunnel
Eurotunnel services are running normally and tickets can be booked directly on the website. However, passenger terminals are closed. Passengers must stay in their car while travelling and are advised to take food and drinks with them before arrival.