Vaccination requirements for UK travellers heading to France have been tightened, bringing into force an ‘expiration date’ for second jabs.
Holidaymakers should brush up on the new French travel rules that hinge on when you got your second jab.
Only vaccinated tourists are allowed in the country, but if it’s been more than 270 days (about nine months) since your second dose, you’ll need to have gotten a booster and show proof of that as well.
Brits need to abide by the new travel requirement in France in time for holidays over half-term and Easter.
The new rule is part of EU guidance set to streamline travel across the bloc – Spain adopted the same rule, making it official on February 1.
Along with proof of vaccination, Brits going to France also need to show a negative PCR or lateral flow test taken within 24 hours.
Plus, travellers will need to sign a sworn statement certifying that you’re not suffering from symptoms associated with Covid and have not been in contact with confirmed cases in the preceding fortnight.
What about children going to France?
The UK Foreign Office says: “The same measures applied to vaccinated adults are applied to any minors (under 18) who are travelling with them, whether vaccinated or not.
“Therefore, if an unvaccinated child arrives in France with a vaccinated adult, they may follow the rules of entry for those who are fully vaccinated.”
Children under 12 are exempt from all Covid travel restrictions in France.
Once you’ve gotten in the country, it’s important to know that France uses its own Covid pass called a ‘pass vaccinal’ to enter places like restaurants, bars and museums.
This means showing your proof of vaccination, proof of recovering from Covid or proof of a medical exemption from the Covid jab.