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transit through France to UK ?

Does anyone have factual information about transit by car, from Switzerland to UK. We will have PCR test and vaccination cert, and both UK and CH passports, and are prepared to quarantine both ways. We booked Tunnel for end of June as it seemed rules were to be relaxed, and now b***er!

But what are the rules about transit through France? Thanks.
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Old 27.05.2021, 20:47
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Re: transit through France to UK ?

Travelling by car counts as staying in any country you transit.

So you have to apply the cumulative / worst case rule for each country.
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Does anyone have factual information about transit by car, from Switzerland to UK. We will have PCR test and vaccination cert, and both UK and CH passports, and are prepared to quarantine both ways. We booked Tunnel for end of June as it seemed rules were to be relaxed, and now b***er!

But what are the rules about transit through France? Thanks.
I would be interested to know the rules for the other way, assuming the rules change for non-residents, non-Schengen passport holders. Anyone any clue for next week, for next month?
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I would be interested to know the rules for the other way, assuming the rules change for non-residents, non-Schengen passport holders. Anyone any clue for next week, for next month?
Good question - the UK make it clear that countries you transit are included in the risk factors.

But the Swiss advice just says "did you stay in a risk country" - what does "stay" mean?

https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home...nreisende.html
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Re: transit through France to UK ?

I drove from CH-UK and back two weeks ago, it was no problem, just build in lots of time because negotiating the borders took longer than usual because of Brexit and c19

They are just doing the basic paperwork and checks at the CH, UK and FR borders.

You will need negative pcr tests both ways

to get into the uk you will need to fill in a passenger locator form, book and pay for your pcr tests on days 2 and 8 in advance

in theory to get into france you need to sign this document both ways "SWORN STATEMENT TO ABIDE BY THE RULES FOR ENTRY INTO METROPOLITAN NATIONAL TERRITORY", but on the border none of the officials had heard of it, I got the gallic shoulder shrug

if you are driving through on motorways and not stopping in towns then its not a problem, its transit, you're not in any town

on your return to CH you have to quarantine for 10 days from today

I had no issues, just one tip: you can buy four bottles of spirits going into the uk but only one on the way into france so stock up in advance!
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Re: transit through France to UK ?

Thanks, but of course things have changed since then- and UK on red list. So really would appreciate a link relating to new regs.
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Old 27.05.2021, 22:24
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Thanks, but of course things have changed since then- and UK on red list. So really would appreciate a link relating to new regs.
I think youíll need to be a bit more patient. Things only changed this evening and it will take a bit of time for them to update everything.
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Old 27.05.2021, 22:31
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Re: transit through France to UK ?

The main issue will be how France treats entries from the UK now I'd think. Unless you really need to drive, it would be much less complicated to fly - then you only have to worry about 2 sets of entry requirements not 4.
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Re: transit through France to UK ?

Thanks- as things were due to open up after 21st of June, we booked the Tunnel, as we thought prices would go up hugely later. Must check conditions for cancelling or changing dates for autumn- and then fly instead. We normally drive because of the dog and we need a car in UK to visit family spread around. But we had to pts our dog last week, aged 15.5- so sadly driving is no longer essential.

And then all the goalposts changed again- so quite stressed about it.
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But we had to pts our dog last week, aged 15.5- so sadly driving is no longer essential.
Oh no, so sorry
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Re: transit through France to UK ?

Yes, very sad, but she was a good age and we adopted her when she was 12. Miss her terribly. But she could not be left in kennels or her best neighbour friend- so not flown anywhere since then. Our life will be a lot easier now. She went downhill very very quickly.
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Re: transit through France to UK ?

If anyone gets any factual information on this question, eg transiting by car to the UK, through France - I'd be very grateful. Thanks.
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Old 28.05.2021, 10:36
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Re: transit through France to UK ?

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The French government announced that from 31 May, anyone arriving from the UK must quarantine for seven days.
There is currently an overnight curfew in France
Travel at other times is restricted except for specific reasons. If you will be driving between 9pm and 6am you'll need to download and fill out a Travel Exemption Certificate stating your reason to travel. More information can be found here (Curfew Travel Exemption Certificate in English here)
If you will be travelling through France to another country you will still need all of the above.
Source: https://www.eurotunnel.com/uk/travel...test/covid-19/
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Re: transit through France to UK ?

It is not clear about the isolation for 7 days though. Yes, it is clear you will need PCR and other documentation- but it is NOT clear about isolation for 7 days.

Surely if you are transiting without stopping apart from pee stops- to go straight into isolation in Switzerland, they can't expect you to isolate in France first.
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Re: transit through France to UK ?

Itís quite frustrating as things change so often and so quickly itís really difficult to plan anything.

Everything might be different by the end of June.
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It is not clear about the isolation for 7 days though. Yes, it is clear you will need PCR and other documentation- but it is NOT clear about isolation for 7 days.

Surely if you are transiting without stopping apart from pee stops- to go straight into isolation in Switzerland, they can't expect you to isolate in France first.
They can't hold you hostage, just as you can leave the UK at any time during quarantine.
If you stay in France you must observe quarantine whilst there.
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Re: transit through France to UK ?

Indeed, I don't care about the costs and inconvenience of tests, etc, or quarantining, even both ways if need be - but must ensure we don't get stuck unable to transit.

195 years to celebrate with daughters and grandchildren - I am going come what may.

Both vaccinated fully, and so are all close relatives and daughters and son-in-law, + H's sister and husband we will also meet- and so are the few close friends we will meet up.

Might change EuroTunnel ticket for later this year, and fly- EasyJet owe me a return flight anyhow. Because of the dog, we got to used to driving, but this is no longer required. But I'd much prefer driving in our own car, door to door, no stopping in France apart from quick pee stops, and straight to our own apartment that has stood empty since dec 2019.

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Re: transit through France to UK ?

Someone posted to me a Twitter link from The Local- stating that transiting through France will be allowed, providing you have PCR test, and all other documentation, residence permit for CH or other country, etc.

Waiting for more official confirmation that The Local though. I want a proper official link to this effect. Not travelling till end of June.
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Waiting for more official confirmation that The Local though. I want a proper official link to this effect. Not travelling till end of June.
Being a French speaker - can you not wizz off an email to the relevant French authority?
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Re: transit through France to UK ?

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.
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