top cx logo
cx logo
Explorearrow down
search icon
arrow down

Why UK has not yet adopted France's relaxed travel rules

France announced last week that travellers to and from seven non-EU countries, including the UK, would no longer be required to provide an essential reason for their journey but readers are still reporting issues

*Update March 19: The UK government's website has now been updated to reflect France's new travel rules. Companies, such as in the case of Eurotunnel, should soon update their travel advice accordingly. 

The French government announced on March 11 that from the following day it would no longer be necessary for people to provide an essential reason when travelling between France and seven non-EU countries, including the UK.

This announcement was published here by the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs.

However, Connexion readers have reported that travel companies do not seem to be aware of these rules.

One reader highlighted the fact that the Eurotunnel website still states that travellers between France and the UK need to provide a certificate with an essential reason for their travel. 

The Connexion contacted the British Embassy in Paris and was told that the travel rules have been relaxed as announced but that a delay in officially publishing the information by the French government has meant that the UK government has not yet updated its rules.

France eases Covid rules for UK and other non-EU travel

The new relaxation of travel rules was announced last week but only actually came into effect on Monday March 15 (instead of March 12) and was not updated on the appropriate French ministry websites. 

The advice is expected to be updated by today (March 18) and the UK travel advice should then change as a consequence*. You can find the UK travel advice for France here. Once this information is updated, various travel companies, such as Eurotunnel, should also update their websites. 

The seven countries affected by the updated rules are: the UK, Australia, South Korea, Israel, Japan, New Zealand and Singapore.

Before France’s relaxation, it was necessary for all travellers between France and any of these countries to fill out an international travel certificate (attestation de déplacement international) justifying the reason for their journey. 

This is no longer the case but all other restrictions, such as taking a PCR test in advance etc, still apply. 

You can read more about all the documents now required for travel between France and the UK here.

Foreign holidays are still banned by the UK government so this change will not mean that people in the UK with second homes in France will be able to travel to them yet. Find out more here.

Resident or second-home owner in France?
Benefit from our daily digest of headlines and how-to's to help you make the most of life in France
By joining the newsletter, you agree to our Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy
See more popular articles
The Connexion Help Guides
featured helpguide
Healthcare in France*
Featured Help Guide
- Understand the French healthcare system, how you access it and how you are reimbursed - Useful if you are new to the French healthcare system or want a more in-depth understanding - Reader question and answer section Aimed at non-French nationals living here, the guide gives an overview of what you are (and are not) covered for. There is also information for second-home owners and regular visitors.
Get news, views and information from France
You have 2 free subscriber articles left
Subscribe now to read unlimited articles and exclusive content
Already a subscriber? Log in now