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Post‑Brexit Travel Guide to France

Brexit travel guide

It’s finally 2021… and never has a new year been so eagerly awaited.  The Covid-19 vaccines, the last-minute Brexit deal and with a fresh year on the horizon, there’s hope for brighter horizons.

Now the UK has left the EU, some things have changed of course.


Since 1 January 2021, travel to France is different for UK citizens, so it is important you plan early to make sure you have everything in place in time for your trip.
You might need to plan ahead to do things like renew passports and update insurance, pet documents and driving permits.

It is also important that you check how the coronavirus pandemic may affect your travel plans.

Find out more:  Brexit.gouv.fr

Five steps to take when travelling to France from 1 January 2021


Covid-19 update

  • Can I go on holiday to France?

    Under current UK COVID-19 restrictions, it is illegal to travel abroad for holidays. UK roadmap to ease lockdown restrictions  stipulates that recreational international travel can restart from 17 May at the earliest.

    Further information can be found on UK Amba France website.

  • Do I have to self isolate when I return to the UK?

    A 10-day quarantine apply to all passengers returning to the UK from France. Anyone travelling from France will have to provide an address in the UK, where they will be required to self-isolate for 10 days, and take a coronavirus (COVID-19) test on day 2 and day 8 of quarantining. This measure is compulsory and likely to be subject to checks. .

Visa and passport

  • Do I need a visa to travel to France?

    You won’t need a visa for stays of less than 90 days. The European freedom of movement ends on 1 January 2021. UK travellers will still be allowed to visit EU countries visa-free for up to 90 days in a 180-day period.

    From 2022, under the new European Travel Information and Authorization System (Etias), nationals from previously visa-free third countries, including UK citizens, will need to pay for a visa-waiver to visit Schengen-area countries.


  • Do I need to renew my passport?

    If you have a British passport, you will need to have at least six months left on your passport and your passport must have been issued within the last 10 years. 

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