France travel: UK criticised over 'inconsistent' rules by MEP
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The PCA Agency announced that from Tuesday 7, evidence of a negative PCR or lateral flow test will need to be shown by anyone travelling to the UK. This must be taken less than 48 hours before departure.
P&O ferries stated that all those over the age of 12 would need to book a PCR or antigen test prior to travelling to France. Those under 12 are exempt from this rule.
The company warned: “Self administered tests are not valid for travel.”
The French embassy confirmed: “Self-administred tests, whose results are not certified by a laboratory (e.g.: tests provided free of charge by the NHS) are not considered valid for travel.
“The NHS indicates that it will not carry out tests for travel purposes.”
They added: “Private entities offering the same service must therefore be used.”
Even fully vaccinated travellers must have proof of a negative PCR or antigen test.
Said tests must be carried out less than 48 hours “prior to departure”.
Previously, vaccinated travellers were only expected to provide a “sworn statement of honour”, as reported by Eurostar.
This statement certified that the traveller had not been in contact with anyone who had covid – to their knowledge.
They also had to sign that they had not experienced symptoms such as a fever, chills, cough, fatigue, shortness of breath or loss of taste and smell – among others.
It has been revealed that omicron has reached France.
As of yesterday, 12 cases have been reported.
France also imposed a ban on flights from South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia, and Eswatini.
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