Travel to France (from UK) checklist
Updated 13 April 2022. While we strive to ensure the accuracy of this summary information, we cannot take responsibility for any errors or misunderstandings that may arise from its usage.
- Passports (with minimum three months validity from your planned return date)
- Travel insurance
- If applicable, car insurance and European breakdown cover
- Is everyone (except under-12s) fully vaccinated?
> If fully vaccinated:
> Anyone not fully vaccinated:
Unvaccinated travellers (aged 12 and over) must present either:
a) negative result of a PCR test less than 72 hours old, or an antigen test less than 48 hours old before departure. See 'Notes on testing' below.
b) certificate of recovery (positive result of a PCR or antigen test carried out more than 11 days and less than six months previously. Read more here.
Notes on testing
If you need tests, booking and obtaining them is your responsibility. Here are some tips that may help you.
Self-administered tests whose results are not certified by an approved private test provider (e.g. free tests provided by the NHS) are not valid for travel.Read more here.
- Shop around! Prices vary a lot and so do levels of service. There are several comparison websites.
- If you can get to a local testing centre, usually at airports or city centres, prices are often lower
- If you can’t get to a testing centre, you’ll need to order a test, self-test at home and then send your swab to the testing lab. The result and certificate is then emailed to you.
- A mid-way option is offered, for example, by some branches of Boots. You visit the branch to be tested then they send it for analysis and email you the result.