Yesterday we helped a family who are planning a trip to France with guidance on the tests they require for travel. With their permission, I share the advice given by our Dr John T. Doherty, Consultant Anaesthetist and CEO of JACE Medical.
A Case Study
While the family is based in Northern Ireland they intended to fly to Paris from Dublin. This caused some confusion over which jurisdictions rules around testing they should follow.
Your destination country will set the requirements for entry based upon your home (where you live) location.
In this case as the party left home in Northern Ireland to take a flight in the Republic of Ireland, it is the destinations rules based on the home location you must follow.
This is explained on the UK government website:
“The authorities in the country or territory you’re travelling to are responsible for setting and enforcing the rules for entry. If you’re unclear about any aspect of the entry requirements, or you need further reassurance, you’ll need to contact the embassy, high commission or consulate of the country or territory you’re travelling to.”
The Green, Amber and Red List
Destinations have been assigned to each list based on a range of Covid-19 health metrics, including vaccination numbers, infection rates and the prevalence of variants.
The different traffic light colours indicate the risk in each destination and which tests and quarantine periods are required.
The UK is currently an ‘Amber’ country.
Following on from our example therefore it the testing regulations for France those travelling from an amber country must be adhere to.
You should regularly check the status of the country you are travelling to or from on the French government’s website.
Covid-19 Entry Requirements – France
You must have a test by a private provider such as JACE Medical who can certify you as Fit To Fly to enter the country.
Here is some additional information from the UK governments website:
Not Fully Vaccinated
If travelling to France from a country on the amber list, those who are not fully vaccinated will only be permitted to travel for essential reasons.
Those who are not fully vaccinated will also need to present the following documents:
- A completed International Travel Certificate to confirm their essential reason for travel. In exceptional circumstances, the French Consulate in London may be able to assist with travel for an essential reason not listed on the International Travel Certificate.
- A completed ‘sworn statement’ (déclaration sur l’honneur) form self-certifying they are not suffering from symptoms associated with coronavirus and have not been in contact with confirmed cases in the preceding fortnight, and that they will self-isolate for seven days after arrival. This can be found on the French government’s website
- Those travelling aged 11 years old or over, will need evidence of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure, or an antigen test within 48 hours of departure. There will be random antigen testing for unvaccinated arrivals.
- Travellers who are not fully vaccinated will need to self-isolate for 7 days after arrival, then take another PCR test following this period of self-isolation.
- Travellers who are fully vaccinated do not need an essential reason to travel to France and do not need to self-isolate on arrival. Fully vaccinated travellers will need to present the following documents:
- Those travelling aged 11 years old or over, will need evidence of a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours of departure, or a negative antigen test result taken within 48 hours of departure
- A completed ‘sworn statement’ (déclaration sur l’honneur) form self-certifying they are not suffering from symptoms associated with coronavirus and have not been in contact with confirmed cases in the preceding fortnight. This can be found on the French government’s website
- Proof of vaccination status
The Regulations For The Country You Are Travelling To
If you are travelling to another destination, you can view the current regulations in the links below:
- Your destination’s relationship to the country you reside will dictate the restrictions to follow
- Regularly check the governments website for updates and contact the embassy, high commission or consulateif you require further advice.
- Understand your testing obligations and when you need to take the test
- Book your test here and we’ll send you your results and Fit To Fly Certification fast (12-24 hours for PCR and in minutes for an Antigen Test). JACE Medical offers the cheapest Antigen Test in Ireland and the only from a private provider that is certified by a medical professional.
- If you are vaccinated make sure you have proof of vaccination status