Though many countries have relaxed or at least entirely shed the COVID restrictions that were so prevalent in 2021 and 2020, the governments of European countries must still be careful about the spread of coronavirus. Whilst hundreds of millions of people across the continent have had their vaccinations and boosters and corporate accommodation in London’s West End still have measures in place to lessen the risk of contracting coronavirus, there will still always be a risk.
We are now in the process of “living with COVID”, and that means accepting and abiding by the extra regulations implemented upon travel in and out of Europe to England. This blog will focus on travel between the UK and France, providing guests of luxury hotels in West End London with everything they need to know for travelling into or out of the UK.
Travelling From England To France
Whether going for a day trip or visiting for the weekend, travel to France is now far easier than it was during COVID. This is because England and France are on the green list of countries with lower infection rates from the coronavirus. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t regulations in place to stem any potential infections. Below are some of the regulations for flying, followed by shuttle, train and ferry regulations and rules.
If you are flying to Spain from English airports, you may be subject to specific airline requirements. However, whether you’re a guest of the London West End stay package and are planning to move on to Europe or you’re just a resident of London or other regions of the UK, there are several broad rules for flying.
Vaccine Passes And Flying
Visitors from the UK can enter France by air with a vaccine pass either from the NHS or French authority. Whether visiting from the Piccadilly West End London hotel or the city of Manchester, rules are the same. These passes allow you to enter France without having to test beforehand. The COVID pass is for those who have been vaccinated to the full two shots and a booster at least two weeks before travel. Visitors to France who have contracted COVID in the past 6 months are also eligible for test free travel.
If you have not been vaccinated, you must take an antigen test with results 48 hours at most before your flight. However, quarantine rules for the unvaccinated have been lifted for those who are travelling from a green list country. If you are visiting from a country with high infection rates – the “orange list” – you must show officials your compelling reason for visiting the country before your arrival.
Vaccinated travellers from orange list countries may visit without having to quarantine. Red list country travellers where infection rates are very high must still quarantine on arrival.
Face Masks And Flying
Some airlines may require visitors to wear a face mask during their journey and to follow social distancing rules. Other airlines are more relaxed but it’s worth mentioning that all airports and planes have increased the airflow through their buildings and vehicles. There are also many hand sanitisation stations available around airports for you to use.
Quarantine Rules In France
If you test positive whilst visiting France, you may be subject to self isolation or quarantine. You must only take a lateral flow test if you experience symptoms, and if you test positive but are vaccinated, you must self-isolate for 7 days from when symptoms begin. If you test negative before the end of your 7 days, you may leave after 5 days of isolation. Unvaccinated visitors are required to self-isolate for 10 days in total with no exceptions.
PPE And Day To Day Life In France
Most public venues such as music and event space, restaurants, bars and cafes no longer have to maintain social distance, PPE or vaccine passes for entry. That doesn’t mean venues won’t ask for lateral flow tests or encourage mask-wearing, it is up to the proprietor as to whether they use COVID passes or not.
Travelling From France To England
Visitors from England travelling to France will face similar measures as French to English travel. French authorities will recognise vaccination certificates from both the EU and English NHS. Vaccines that are covered on both sides of the English Channel include having been vaccinated 2 weeks in advance with AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson 28 days after the second dose.
Quarantine Rules In England
In England, quarantine guidelines ask that any adult who tests positive for COVID 19 should quarantine for up to 10 days. If you are testing negative after 5 days, then you may exit your quarantine. It;s worth noting that these laws are no longer in effect, meaning that it is up to the infected individual to adhere to the guidelines. Before making your decision as to whether you should quarantine or not, consider whether you will be engaging in close contact with people who are immuno-compromised, who could be at serious risk of hospitalisation if they catch COVID 19.
By Shuttle, Ferry Or Eurostar
As with flying to England, there are no restrictions on travel through the Eurotunnel, by ferry or on the Eurostar. You will be required to upload and present your travel documents at security as proof of COVID vaccination. For the unvaccinated, entry into France or England is dependent on taking a COVID 19 test to prove that you are not infected.