Covid-19: How can I show I live in France to travel from UK?

Proof of permanent address is needed to travel to France from the UK

28 December 2020
By Jane Hanks

Britons travelling back to their home in France from the UK are allowed do so under current Covid regulations as long as they have the exemption form attestation de déplacement vers la France depuis le Royaume-Uni.

You should check the box that reads:

“Ressortissant de l’Union européenne ou ressortisant andorran, britannique, islandais, liechtensteinois, monégasque, norvégien, suisse, de Saint-Marin et du Vatican, ayant sa résidence principale en France ou qui rejoint, en transit par la France, le pays dont il est le national ou le résident, ainsi que son coinjoint (mairié, pascé, concubin sur présentation de justificatifs de communauté de vie) et ses enfants;”

But how do you prove you are a resident of France if you are British and do not (yet) have a carte de séjour?

The Ministère de l’Europe et des Affaires Etrangères told Connexion that an energy bill, fixed-line telephone bill or proof of a French bank account with your name and address in France which is less than 3 months old, is an acceptable proof of principal residency.

The spokesman said that most energy suppliers provide a downloadable attestation to prove you are a customer on their website.

You will also need to show your UK passport.

Current advice is that you will not need to have a new residency card to prove residency and that recent energy and telephone bills will be sufficient.

Under the Withdrawal Agreement, Britons who are permanently resident in France have up until July 1, 2021 to apply for their titres de séjours and that they will not be obligatory for anyone over 18 years old until October 31, 2021.

Any British person travelling to France will also need to carry with them a sworn statement of absence of Covid-19 symptoms, (declaration sur l’honneur) which can be found on the same document as the attestation.

Anyone over 11 years old, regardless of nationality must be able to show a negative result for Covid-19 from a laboratory test, to travel companies – airlines, train, ferry etc, which has been taken in the past 72 hours.

These measures are in place until January 6, 2021, but the Ministère de l’Europe et des Affaires Etrangères said the situation is under constant review and anyone planning to travel should check the latest coronavirus information on government websites before they leave home.

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