Additional Travel Info from British Ambassador to France

The British Ambassador to France, Ed Llewellyn, shares the latest information on French-British relations in the Embassy newsletter, Voisins Voices.

Below are excerpts from the latest edition.

For now some things remain uncertain but there is much we already know.

From January 1, the way that UK nationals enter France will change. If you are resident in France, you will need to make sure you have a valid passport and proof of your residency. Details on which documents you need and how to apply for residency can be found in our Living in France Guide.

If you have British friends or families visiting you, they will also need a valid passport to enter. They will be able to stay for up to 90 days in every 180-day period without a visa.

However, changes to customs regulations from January 1 mean they will not be able to bring products such as cheese or meat with them from the UK. And they will need to make sure their pet cats and dogs have an Animal Health Certificate, signed by their UK vet. UK issued EU pet passports will no longer be accepted.

Full details of the entry requirements for coming to France after January 1 are online. I encourage you to follow our social media channels for the latest updates, and for details of how to contact us at one of our Online Events or our weekly Facebook Q&A.

Outreach live session

The British Embassy in Paris will be holding two online events to answer questions from British citizens settled in France. These events will be held on Microsoft Teams on the 26th January and 24th February, see below for links to register.

The events will begin with an introduction from the Embassy about the actions you need to take, and then the floor will open for questions. You can read more about what it looks like to attend an event on Microsoft Teams here.

Tuesday 26 January from 6PM to 7.30PM: register now

Wednesday 24th February from 6PM to 7.30PM: register now ➡

Pre-departure Covid Testing for arrivals to England

As previously announced, it will be mandatory for international arrivals to England, including UK nationals, to have proof of a negative COVID-19 test carried out no more than 3 days before departure.

This measure will apply from 04.00 GMT on Friday 15 January.

This measure is in addition to the need for you to complete a passenger locater form and to self-isolate for up to 10 days upon arrival.

You may also be eligible for Test and Release, allowing you to leave self-isolation after 5 days if you test negative again for COVID-19.

Further guidance will be provided on what to look for to assure tests and the results provided meet the standards required. We will share this information as soon as it is available.

Transport operators will check that you have proof of a negative test before departure. Border Force will also conduct further checks upon arrival and fines of £500 may be imposed for noncompliance.

Children under the age of 11 will be exempt from the new regulation, as will hauliers.

You can read the full announcement of this new regulation here.

To complete a passenger locator form, see here.

For full information on self-isolation upon arrival, see here.

For full information on Test and Release, see here.

2021 a busy year for the UK

December saw the five-year anniversary of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, with the (virtual) participation of the Prime Minister and HRH The Prince of Wales.

We are proud to be hosting the next global climate change conference, COP26, with Italy, in Glasgow in November. We launch that in early January, so please do look out then for more details on this most important topic.

And that’s not all.

In December, I was delighted to host the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, in Paris to help launch the UK’s G7 2021 presidency and discuss the ongoing economic response to coronavirus. The government is developing an ambitious G7 agenda, which is an opportunity to address key health, economic and climate challenges with like-minded friends.

So next year sees the UK taking on a leadership role to tackle some of the greatest challenges we face globally. The Embassy team and I will continue to play our part enabling France and the UK to work together on shared solutions, as well, of course, as being here for you. And on that note, I wish you all a very happy and healthy New Year!

Ed Llewellyn also answered questions on Franco-British relations post Brexit, which you can read here.

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