Travelling to France
Travelling to France in the next few weeks to start a career in the Superyacht industry? If this is you then there are a couple of points to consider before you head to the airport.
At the time of writing (July 2021) France is on the UK’s amber list. Customers who travelled to France since travel restrictions were lifted back in June did so without any problems. A few have been asked to provide documents at check-in to prove they are travelling for essential reasons only.
We have put together a short guide/checklist for those travelling to France to make sure you comply with the rules.
I’m guessing that it has been 18 months since you last jumped on a plane. We are still in a global pandemic and therefore there are still a lot of restrictions in place.
Arriving at the airport without any vaccinations or documentation is likely to result in the airline refusing travel.
There are a couple of handy links that we would advise you to read before booking that flight ticket. The rules are changing daily so please keep up to date, a link below provides a comprehensive guide on the latest travel advice.
The rules differ depending on whether you have had one or two vaccinations. If you have not received any vaccination yet then you are still able to travel. However, you will need a strong argument for doing so.
Travelling to France and Fully Vaccinated
The term “fully vaccinated” is defined as a period starting 2 weeks after the second dose of the Phizer, Moderna, and the AstraZeneca vaccine.
If fully vaccinated, no restrictions shall apply when entering France, you do not need an essential reason to travel. Furthermore, you do not need to self-isolate on arrival. However, you will need to prove that you are fully vaccinated.
Make sure your NHS app is updated providing proof that you have had the two jabs. You must complete a “statement of honor” agreeing to comply with the rules for entry into France.
We recommend that you take proof of accommodation for your stay in France, just in case.
Travelling to France and not fully vaccinated
If travelling to France from the UK (currently on the Amber list) those who are not fully vaccinated will only be permitted to travel for essential reasons. Before you travel print and complete the travel certificate providing the authorities with the reasons you have decided to travel.
In addition to the travel certificate, you must complete the statement of honor, see above. You will be required to isolate for 7 days after arriving in France. Following the 7 day period of isolation, you will be required to take a PCR test.
Proof of accommodation will be required. You would have been sent an email confirming your accommodation, make sure you have this information to hand.
Before you fly
- A negative PCR test 72 hours or a negative Antigen test result taken within 48 hours of departure.
- Completed statement of honor
- If unvaccinated, in addition to the statement of honor a certificate of travel.
- Make sure there at least 6 months left on your passport.
- Travel insurance to cover you for medical, lost baggage etc.
Since leaving the EU on 1st January 2021 UK residents are only able to stay in France, part of the Schengen travel area for 90 days every 180.
You do not need a visa to travel to France for a short stay (90 days).
We have put together a comprehensive guide to working on superyachts. The good news is that we can still travel and look for our dream job.
Please stay safe