Can I travel to France from the UK? Quarantine rules, air bridge plans and coronavirus restrictions explained

BRITS can travel to France without having to quarantine either there or when they return to the UK from July 10.

The new guidelines were announced by the UK government today, as part of their air bridges agreement with a number of countries considered to have low levels of coronavirus.

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You can finally go to France on holiday following the air bridge announcement


You can finally go to France on holiday following the air bridge announcementCredit: Getty – Contributor

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps explained the list of countries was finally ready and the nation could finally plan to get away.

He told Sky News: “There will be a list of 50-plus countries. If you add in the overseas territories (there will be) 60-something-or-other that will be announced later today.

“France, Germany, Italy and Spain will be on that list.”

He added: “It’s not coming in til 10th of July, the end of the quarantine, so there is still time for other parts of the four nations to join.”

Mr Shapps explained all passengers would have to fill out a “passenger locator form”, allowing governments to know where each visitor was going and for how long.

The new rules only apply to English travellers – Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland may have different restrictions.

Here is everything you need to know about travelling to France.

Germany, Spain, and Italy are also on the listGermany, Spain, and Italy are also on the list

Can I travel to France on holiday now?

Brits can go on holiday to France without needing to quarantine for two weeks on arrival from July 10.

The UK quarantine will also no longer be required when returning to the country.

The Foreign Office is yet to update the official guidelines, but it is expected that travellers will still need to undergo a temperature check and health check.

However, holidays can restart from the UK from next week without quarantining at either country.

Flights are already in operation to France from the UK


Flights are already in operation to France from the UKCredit: Getty – Contributor

What are the current restrictions in France I need to know about?

They do have other measures in place to curb the spread of coronavirus though.

Face masks are mandatory on public transport, apart from for children under the age of 12, and many supermarkets and shops also require customers to wear them.

Not wearing a mask could land you with a fine of €135.

Attractions also have limited capacity with many requiring pre-booked tickets to manage daily visitors.

Are flights, trains and ferries running to France?

Yes, flights, trains and ferries have been running to France throughout lockdown, albeit on a reduced service.

Airlines, ferry companies, Eurostar and the Eurotunnel car train are now increasing their schedules in line with demand.

Brits cannot yet take the Eurostar to Disneyland Paris though, as the route will not restart until August 1.

Airlines such as easyJet, Ryanair and Air France will restart flights to the region from this month.


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Are hotels and campsites open in France?

Yes, hotels, campsites and holiday homes are all now open in France.

Restaurants, bars and cafes are also open to the public.

Disneyland Paris is reopening to guests on July 15.

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