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COVID Restrictions

COVID Update – as of August 24th

Please see the following guidance in relation to travelling from and back to the UK. Whilst we will endeavour to update this page with any changes, please visit the UK Government site and French Government site before confirming any travel plans.

Travelling to France:

The French Government considers the UK to be an ‘amber’ country. 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 (second dose to have been received more than 7 days prior to travel) no longer need to present a test to enter France. The following is required:

  • 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 via the NHS App (this is different from the NHS COVID tracking app). France do recognise the Covishield manufactured batches of the AstraZeneca vaccine given to a small percentage of people in the UK.
  • People vaccinated in the UK can now import their NHS QR code into the TousAntiCovid app. You can also present a digital or paper NHS certificate showing your full vaccine status. The TousAntiCovid app is available for free download at Apple Store or GooglePlay.

Please note that in indoor public spaces (shops, offices, schools etc) and on public transport you must wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth. If you are outside you do not need to wear a mask except in places where social distancing is not possible (queues, open-air markets, railway stations, etc). Please click here for details on COVID guidelines at the ESRF.

Travelling back into the UK

The UK Government consider France to be an ‘amber’ country. For the official UK Government advice on returning from an amber list county, click here.

From 28 July 2021 fully vaccinated travellers no longer need to quarantine on arrival back to the UK but must complete a day 2 test. They must also complete a pre-departure test before arrival in England. For information on testing see following section.

Travellers must also complete a passenger locator form (which must be completed before you arrive back into the UK), click here.


You will need to take a test 2 days before your return to the UK. The Medical Service at the EPN site can offer you a free antigen test but we cannot guarantee that this will be accepted by border control in the UK. Please purchase a test in the UK ahead of travel and take this with you.

The Medical Service at the EPN site will validate this test result for you. Their opening hours are 8am to 11am and 1:15pm to 4pm on week days). They are not open on the weekend.

Visit this link to find out more details about COVID guidelines at the ESRF.

Travellers should arrange to take a private test on day two of their return to the UK from groups such as Collinson or Express Test. For a full list of private coronavirus testing providers, click here.


We will cover the cost of return tests up to the total value of £100. For an expenses claim form click here.