France has had a number of the hardest Covid restrictions during the last couple of years – from Covid passports to lockdowns – and the nation remains to be extra cautious than most with regards to arrivals from the UK.
The necessary use of masks in public locations and the requirement to point out a Covid go when getting into a restaurant or bar have now been lifted, however different guidelines stay.
These planning a summer time vacation to France needs to be conscious that as a way to enter the nation they might want to show that they’ve been vaccinated or present a adverse Covid take a look at.
And, as ever, it’s not fairly so simple as that, with a couple of potential pitfalls that would doubtlessly result in you being refused boarding.
Right here’s what it’s essential to know earlier than reserving.
What if I’m totally vaccinated?
Travellers totally vaccinated for Covid can enter France however must show their vaccination standing.
The Scottish NHS app is appropriate proof however make it possible for it’s up to date and is exhibiting your standing precisely.
It’s advisable to avoid wasting a replica of the QR code individually and even print out a replica – simply in case the app or your cellphone stops working.
Must you not have a smartphone you’ll be able to entry and print out your QR code on the NHS Scotland web site here.
What does ‘totally vaccinated’ really imply?
That is the place some travellers have had points, because the French authorities are very strict with regards to their definition of ‘totally vaccinated’.
When you’ve got had your booster jab then you’re thought of to be totally vaccinated, with no closing dates, however the booster will need to have been administered no less than seven days earlier than the date of journey.
If, nonetheless, you may have solely had two doses of the Pfizer, Moderna, or Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine then you will need to have had the second dose between 9 months and one week earlier than journey to be thought of fullt vaccinated.
In terms of the only and solely dose of Johnson & Johnson it’s essential to have been vaccinated between 9 months and one month earlier than journey.
Alternatively it’s essential to have had no less than one dose of vaccine and present proof that you’ve got show current restoration from Covid a minimum of one week earlier than journey.
A certificates proving medical exemption from vaccination will even be acceptable for entry to France.
Must you not fulfill these situations you’re primarily handled like any individual who has not been vaccinated.
Can I nonetheless go to France if I’m not totally vaccinated?
Unvaccinated travellers are nonetheless welcome to France, however these over the age of 12 might want to present one in every of three paperwork.
The primary possibility is a adverse PCR test taken inside 72 hours of departure.
A adverse speedy antigen take a look at consequence taken inside 48 of departure can be acceptable.
Lastly, you’ll be able to submit a certificates of restoration from Covid-19 with a constructive PCR take a look at between 11 days and 6 months earlier than departure.
NHS checks aren’t acceptable – you’ll need to e book and pay for a personal pre-departure take a look at, usually costing between £40 and £50, the place you’ll be issued with a legitimate certificates you’ll need to point out to be granted entry.
Travelling to France with kids
Kids over the age of 12 are topic to the identical entry restrictions as adults, so the above guidelines apply.
Kids beneath the age of 12 are exempt from the restrictions, that means they don’t have to take a pre-departure take a look at or show their vaccination standing.
What about returning to Scotland?
There are not any Covid restrictions in place for individuals travelling from France to Scotland.