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France Lifts COVID-19 Testing Requirement for Vaccinated British Travellers

Fully vaccinated travelers from the UK will not be required to undergo pre-entry testing when traveling to France as the latter’s authorities have decided to abolish this requirement.

The news was announced by the Consul General of France in London, Guillaume Buzzard. He said that from February 12, travelers from the UK can enter France without having to present a negative test result taken prior to arrival provided they have completed a basic vaccination, TheSchengen.com reports.

“From 12 February, tests will no longer be necessary for travelers with a full vaccination schedule traveling from the UK to France. Our website will be updated as soon as more details are published,” Buzzard said in a statement written on his official Twitter account.

TheSchengen.com previously warned that France plans to relax its travel rules. Minister of State for European Affairs Clement Bion said last week that the requirement to provide an entry test would soon be dropped.

So far, travelers from the UK have been required to submit a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 48 hours before arriving in France. This requirement applies to everyone, even fully vaccinated travelers.

However, in line with the new changes, they were no longer required to follow this requirement. In addition, British travelers will no longer have to take the test before returning to the UK. The latter’s authorities ended the test requirement for vaccinated travelers on February 11.

Changes have also been made to the rules applicable to unvaccinated travelers from the UK. Travelers from the UK who have not been vaccinated against the virus are no longer required to self-isolate upon arrival in France.

The UK government explains: “As of 12 February 2022, travelers from the UK to France who have not been fully vaccinated will no longer need to self-isolate on arrival.”

However, it has been emphasized that unvaccinated British travelers are only allowed to enter France for essential purposes provided they submit a negative COVID-19 test result as well as complete a sworn statement.

And the French authorities had previously announced that the country had decided to shorten the validity of vaccination permits. In line with the EU Commission’s recommendation, France now only recognizes certificates of vaccination indicating that the holder has received the last dose of the vaccine within nine months.

This means that those who were vaccinated more than 270 days ago are considered not immunized. On the other hand, travelers who have already received a booster dose can enter France without being subject to additional entry rules.

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