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Old 28.05.2021, 17:08
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Re: transit through France to UK ?

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Yes, I will if need be. Will go and talk to our local French border guards too.

In the meantime, there is no harm in asking here. I am not on Twitter, but apparently The Local is seeking answers to the many questions asked following their post on transiting.
Here is a link, they won't be doing many checks
https://uk.ambafrance.org/France-tig...kRf10Jb6uYw2PE
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We too are searching for this info.
So far we cannot find anything that does not say we have to quarantine on arrival in France (7-10 days etc, then CH), despite wishing to stopover only one night and enter Switzerland the next day.

Previously there were specific rules, such as not being in France longer than 24 hours, but that seems to have disappeared and now only mentions those within 30k of the border, which we are, but not in transit.

They do say no restrictions on leaving France, which I interpret as we can leave immediately after breakfast. My other half says the opposite. We are inoculated x 2, but regs apply regardless.

More info seems to arrive each day. We have every imaginable detail except this one in explicit form.

We can fly of course, but we need the car; tunnel is booked.

Anthony

https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/co...als-in-france/

MAYBE this can help clarify:
A toll-free hotline service (French only) can answer your questions about the Coronavirus COVID-19 non-stop, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week: 0 800 130 000 (from abroad: +33 800 130 000, depending on your operator).

or this: (for workers / frontaliers)
Service presse de Mme Muriel Pénicaud :
sec.presse.travail at cab.travail.gouv.fr – 01.49.55.32.21
Service presse de Mme Amélie de Montchalin :
secretariat-presse.cabaeu at diplomatie.gouv.fr - 01.43.17.55.76

Found this link:
https://uk.ambafrance.org/FAQ-advice...through-France

but it just links to a general page no mention of transit.

thanks for the Local mention, I found the piece here:
https://www.thelocal.fr/20210528/rea...-restrictions/

Common sense but not definitive.

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Re: transit through France to UK ?

Five days later and no news on this: it still cannot be proven that upon an attempt to transit France to Switzerland from the UK in under 24 hours, that 7 or 10 days quarantine in France will not be required.

We can think only that this lack of clarity is by design to protect France.

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Old 04.06.2021, 21:23
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Re: transit through France to UK ?

France have a new system on the way. I've struggled to find a link with map etc in English (The Local have it behind their paywall). From what I can see, fully vaccinated peeps from Green & Amber won't need to quarantine. It's here in French https://www.tourmag.com/Tourisme-dec...s_a109032.html
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Re: transit through France to UK ?

yes here in the Metro paper dated 4th:
https://metro.co.uk/2021/06/04/covid...week-14714568/
from 9th
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I found the source of the above here, in French but easy to read table
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https://www.gouvernement.fr/sites/de..._du_9_juin.pdf

I gather this same info is on the Eurotunnel site in English. It all seems to come from the French gov press pack.

updated today 6 June 21:
https://www.eurotunnel.com/uk/travel...covid-19/#FOCA

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Re: transit through France to UK ?

Thank you- not travelling for another 3 weeks- so let's hope it will be easier by then. But we are ready for anything and have our own apartment to isolate in if we have to.
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Re: transit through France to UK ?

Welcome, we travel in a few days so it has had our attention.
By the looks of it you will be fine in weeks. Our issue was that it appeared to demand we quarantine in France for 7/10 days despite wishing only to transit in less than 24 hours. Defied common sense, but there it was. Now they are offering that clarity.

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Re: transit through France to UK ?

and so, now we are "here" and doing 10 days quarantine, having flown in from GB. Fully vaccinated and permit.

We found there was an exception to the "fully vaccinated" exception.

They update every 14 days I think, so travelling in some weeks time may be different.

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and so, now we are "here" and doing 10 days quarantine, having flown in from GB. Fully vaccinated and permit.

We found there was an exception to the "fully vaccinated" exception.

They update every 14 days I think, so travelling in some weeks time may be different.

Anthony
Yep, it doesn’t apply if you come from a country with variants of concern!
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Re: transit through France to UK ?

and today we had a Covid control phone call from a gent who was very politely assertive about the quarantine requirement. Asked if any symptoms.
Methinks they are understandably very nervous about the delta variant.

All is well and a few days to go. Never done so much housework.

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Re: transit through France to UK ?

I planned for months to drive to the UK for my sister‘s 70th birthday in mid July - via Eurotunnel. At the same time I wanted to make a grand tour and catch up with many friends across England for at least a 2-week stay.

I haven‘t been to the UK since October 2019, however the extension of measures in the UK until July 19 and the likelihood that all quarantine and testing requirements will still be in place in July and on through the autumn has made me resigned to it’s not going to happen.

Now I‘m looking at Greece - we have been there almost every summer for the last 38 years.

Greece needs the business and asks only a vaccination certificate, likewise returning to Switzerland.

I actually think I could holiday with my sister in Greece - but even Greece doesn‘t want Brits just now. Nor does the UK want people returning from Greece...
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Re: transit through France to UK ?

I drove back from the UK on 2nd June. My biggest problem was that I had counted on my day 8 test to be my return pcr test and between the bank holiday and general uselessness of the provider it did not arrive in time to travel. So I got a quick turnaround test in Folkestone, which delayed my departure to late afternoon. The annoying thing was that after all that, nobody wanted to actually see the test. The French border agent in Folkestone saw a CH car, a closed German passport and didn’t even feel the need to see the test after asking for it. Whilst I was still unlocking my iPad he wanted to know if I live in CH and just waived me on. Nine hrs later, the woman who stopped me at Basle at 1 am was more interested about what I was bringing back and just wanted to see my vaccination certificate after I told her I‘d been in the UK for a couple of weeks.

Absolutely allow a lot more time for all things border related though. All the paperwork you need for the tunnel takes them time to view and I was also given the nth degree by British border agents about why I was travelling into the UK to start out with, why did I have a Swiss registered car after showing them a German passport, how long had I owned my car, why did the Swiss registration certificate not look like the V5 and why had I not booked a return fare - I had, they had not asked if I had one, it went straight to alleging I hadn’t. Basically, they were just reeling off random questions, not actually interested in answers and the only purpose seemed to be to be as unwelcoming as possible.
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