What are the current rules for school groups travelling to and from France?

— 31 Mar 2022 09:11:11 by Kate Moore

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Are school trips to France allowed in 2022?

Yes! Adults and children no longer need an essential reason to visit France making French trips even easier. Read on for our understanding of the rules to enter France from 31 March 2022. 

French entry requirements 

Unvaccinated travellers of any age can visit France without an essential reason to travel. 

Children under 12 years are exempt from all COVID-19 travel restrictions.

Fully vaccinated travellers, aged from 12 years, can visit France on a school trip without the need for a COVID test. 

Important! Any adults and children (aged from 12 years), who are not considered fully vaccinated, will need to take a private pre-departure COVID test. These travellers will need to show either a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours, or a negative lateral flow test taken within 48 hours before departing for France. 

To be considered fully vaccinated, and exempt from a pre-departure test:

  • adults will need a booster if their initial COVID vaccination course was completed more than 9 months before travel
  • children will need to have completed their full vaccination course - two jabs - to be considered fully vaccinated
  • the only exception is travellers who have a COVID recovery certificate dated more than 11 days and less than six months prior to departure.

Note that the final dose must be administered at least 7 – 28 days before travel - the timescale depends on the type of vaccine. The foreign office website explains these rules in more detail.

Travellers from the UK can demonstrate their COVID status via the NHS COVID pass. Click here to find out how children can access the NHS digital COVID pass.

Sworn statements are no longer required to enter France.  The Foreign Office website says that travellers may be asked to complete the EU-PLF form before boarding (though we are not aware of any groups who have been asked to do this).

You can read more on the French Consulate website which has information in both English and French.

Domestic COVID pass requirements now lifted 

The Pass Vaccinal and Pass Sanitaire rules were lifted on 18th March. This means that children and adults no longer need to demonstrate their COVID status to enter venues.

Current rules for school groups returning from France

All testing and quarantine rules for groups returning from a French trip have been removed.

Can I travel to France if I'm unvaccinated?

Yes, adults and children can now visit France regardless of their vaccination status. But unvaccinated travellers aged from 12 years can only enter the country after taking a private COVID test.

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