Guidelines for Travel to and from France by Train during Covid 19

In this article, we present you the different rules to travel from and to France by train during COVID 19. The information is from the website of the SNCF and from the French government.

What are the Covid rules to travel from France to the UK? 

 

Changes to the seating of Eurostar passengers have been made to allow more space on board. In order to free every other seat, the location of certain passengers on board the train had to be changed. If this is your case, you will get a yellow ticket when you pass through the station access gates. Make sure to keep this ticket and go to the dedicated place to leave enough room for everyone. If you are traveling as a couple or a family, you can stay together. However, make sure you’ll respect the rules of social distancing.

The United Kingdom is taking steps to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

  1. All persons (including UK nationals and residents) arriving in the UK outside the Common Travel Area must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 3 days of their departure for the UK . For more information, please visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-testing-for-people-travelling-to-england
  2. To protect your health and the health of others, it is mandatory for all travelers to complete an online passenger locator form before arriving in the UK.
  3. All arrivals must self-isolate for 10 days, unless exempted. Please review the list of exempt countries before traveling and the list of work-related exemptions if you are traveling for work. 
  4. In the United Kingdom, wearing a mask is compulsory on public transport.
  5. Test to release: If you are self-isolating in England, you have the option of shortening the length of your quarantine by taking a test. 

Failure to comply with these measures is a criminal offense and you could be fined. Please see www.gov.uk/uk-border-control for detailed official public health recommendations and requirements for entering the UK.

What are the Covid rules to Travel to France from the UK?

 

New border restriction measures take place for travelers going from the UK to France.

Passengers travelling from London to Lille or Paris must:

  • Self-isolate for seven days upon arrival in France
  • Carry out a second Covid-19 test at the end of this quarantine.

From Monday 18 January negative antigen tests will no longer be valid for entering France.

Travelers coming from a European Union country must present a negative PCR test (done less than 72 hours before departure) with the exception of cross-border workers.

Only essential travel is permitted. Before leaving, travelers should consult the list of valid reasons on the French government website.

All passengers traveling from the United Kingdom to France, regardless of their nationality, must carry a printed version and complete a certificate of travel to Metropolitan France from the United Kingdom

In addition to the travel certificate, all clients must bring a completed affidavit:

  • For travelers aged 11 and over, must complete forms 
  • For travelers under 11, must complete separate forms.

Other requirements, such as the declaration on honor of absence of symptoms of COVID-19 infection and contact with a reported case, are still in effect.

What are the Covid rules to Travel from European Countries to France?

 

Any traveler aged 11 and over must present:

  • A negative result in the Covid PCR test dating less than 72 hours before departure, except for exceptions for the following reasons: travel by border residents within a radius of 30km around their home for a period of < 24 hours and professional travel including emergency and cases where the frequency is incompatible with performing a test.
  • A declaration of honor attesting:
    • That he does not have any symptoms of the Covid-19 infection.
    • That he is not aware of having been in contact with a confirmed case of Covid-19 in the fourteen days prior to travel.
    • That he accepts that a test or a biological virological screening test for the detection of Covid-19 can be carried out on his arrival in the national territory.

Any traveler under the age of 11 must have a declaration of honor attesting:

  • That he does not show any symptoms of Covid-19 infection.
  • That he is not aware of having been in contact with a confirmed case of Covid-19 in the fourteen days prior to the trip.

The Declaration of Honor needs to be submitted. You can find more information on the French government’s website.

Once on French territory, the traveler must comply with the restrictive measures in force:

Due to a curfew between 6:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m., travel is prohibited except for professional and certain personal reasons during these hours.

In case of travel, you must fill in the “Travel Certificate” which can be downloaded from the website of the Ministry of the Interior. To date, there is no isolation measure planned on arrival in France.

 

What are the Covid rules to Travel from France to Netherlands?

 

Only essential travel is allowed in the Netherlands. All passengers must present a negative PCR test less than 72 hours before travel. For French people traveling to the Netherlands, please read the latest information https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/

For further details on Netherlands rules, exceptions and regularly updated information, please visit the Nederland Wereldwijd website.

 

What are the Covid rules to Travel from France to Belgium? 

 

Passengers traveling to Belgium will now need to be provided with a duly completed affidavit indicating that their trip is strictly for essential purposes, as well as a passenger tracking form (PLF) within 48 hours of your arrival in Belgium. This rule applies to stays longer than 48 hours. Please find the form as well as additional information on travel.info-coronavirus.be.

Further information is available on the website of the Embassy of Belgium. Only Belgian citizens and residents are authorized to travel, with a few exceptions.

Please note that it is forbidden to go to Brussels to make a connection to the Netherlands, Germany or any other destination outside of Belgium.

For more details, exceptions and regularly updated information, please visit the website: FPS Foreign Affairs website.

What are the Covid rules to Travel from France to Italy?

 

Following the latest government measures introduced in Italy:

All travelers must complete the “Autocertification form (only in italian) before entering Italy and acknowledging having read this information notice by signing it.

Travelers who have transited or stayed in France during the last 14 days must also:

  • present the negative result of a molecular (PCR) or antigenic test of less than 48 hours.
  • report to the regional health authority upon arrival 
  • Travelers who could not present a negative COVID-19 test will have to do a fortnight (14 days) in Italy (it is no longer possible to take the test when arriving in Italy)

When entering Italy, body temperature checks are carried out to verify that it does not exceed 37.5 degrees. For more information, visit the dedicated site.

Each region has protective measures adapted to the local situation depending on the area in which it is located. 

 

What are the Covid rules to Travel from France to Germany?

 

To travel from France to Germany, any traveler who has stayed during the last 10 days in an area classified at risk must:

  1. Measure 1: Inform the local health authorities of his entry into German territory, https://www.einreiseanmeldung.de/#/
  2. Measure 2: Within ten days after arrival, present a negative test result (health authorities can request it) or, if they do not have one, take a test (obligation to remain in quarantine until the test result is available).

Travelers are strongly recommended to check with the Land where they are staying, what the applicable legislation is and what the exceptions are.

French regions and territories are classified as risk zones by the German authorities.

The list of areas concerned is evolving. The Robert Koch Institut website should be consulted very regularly (information available in German and English).

It is recommended to follow the instructions of the local authorities (in particular on the website of the Federal Ministry of Health, in English, and of the Robert Koch Institut, in German), to consult the website of the French Embassy in Germany.

 

What are the Covid rules to Travel from France to Luxembourg? 

 

Travelers arriving in Luxembourg also remain subject to the following obligations:

– Wearing a mask is compulsory where the distance of 2 meters between people is not possible, in particular in public transport and shops. Find here all the information concerning the destination https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/country-files/luxembourg/

 

What are the Covid rules to Travel from France to Switzerland? 

 

Following a recent announcement by the Swiss Federal Council, new restrictive measures are being applied in Switzerland. The PCR test is mandatory to enter Swiss territory from areas classified at risk: bag.admin.ch. To date, only the PACA region is concerned the list issued by the Swiss government is available: https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/fr/home/krankheiten/ausbrueche-epidemien-pandemien/aktuelle-ausbrueche-epidemien/novel-cov/empfehlungen-fuer-reisende/quarantaene-einreisende.html#-16815908

Following an announcement by the Swiss Federal Council, new restrictive measures are applied in Switzerland. Please check the official websites for all updated details:

Each Swiss canton takes protective measures that adapt and apply to the local level.

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