The British government announced on Wednesday that vaccinated travellers from countries in Europe to the UK can skip the mandatory 10-day quarantine when arriving in England, but separate rules will still apply for France.
The British government made it clear it still requires fully vaccinated travellers from France – whether they are UK residents returning from a holiday or people vaccinated in France – to undergo 10 days of quarantine after arrival.
It’s a move that’s been slammed as “absurd and discriminatory” by people in France who were left out of the UK’s announcement.
But what about fully vaccinated travellers from Italy who are just driving through France to get to the UK?
It appears that they will still be required to quarantine on arrival in England.
On July 16th, after announcing that was France was in effect ranked as “amber plus” compared to the rest of Europe which was still amber, the UK issued the following guidance:
“Anyone who has been in France in the last 10 days will need to quarantine on arrival to England in their own accommodation and will need a day 2 and day 8 test, regardless of their vaccination status. This includes any fully vaccinated individual who transits through France from either a green or another amber country to reach England.”
However, existing exemptions for key workers including truck drivers remain in place.
The government added: “Some operators may make specific arrangements compliant with the public health regulations that allow for transit without quarantine, for example those travelling by train from Belgium, so travellers should check with their operator.”
“Ministers indicated that Eurostar passengers on services travelling through France would not need to quarantine if their train did not stop in the country,” the BBC reported at the time.
However, it is unclear whether any exemption would extend to passengers from Belgium or the Netherlands who travel to England on a Eurostar train which stops in Lille. Passengers are advised to check with Eurostar.
It also wasn’t clear whether there were exceptions for those air passengers travelling to the UK via a French airport.
The government is yet to release detailed guidance concerning travelling through France following the latest announcement.
The current guidelines state, “If you’ve been in France in the 10 days before you arrive in England, you must quarantine for 10 days after you arrive and take a Covid-19 test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8, even if you are fully vaccinated.”
Therefore, if travelling from Italy to the UK, avoiding France would mean you can skip the 10-day quarantine.
As for returning to Italy, there is still a mandatory 5-day quarantine for UK arrivals, although an announcement is expected as the rule is due to expire on July 30th.