Any experience with covid testing before crossing the Chanel ?

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A friend who attended his grandmother's funeral in the south of France a couple of months ago just did isolation after outbound & return journeys.

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Exact rules are changing in a somewhat shorter time period than months. For example Italy introduced a requirement to quarantine for five days on arrival from the UK which is active from today. 

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Re #8 - I'm not sure if £250 is the going rate for a test down south, but in the Liverpool area I was checking for "fit to fly" PCR test costs for when we fly from Canada to the UK then on to Italy in Oct, they range from £99 to £175 depending on whether the results are returned in 48hrs or 2hrs.

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For entry to France I need either a negative pcr test taken within 72 hrs of departure

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a negative antigen test taken within 48 hours of departure

c19testing.co.uk offer a diy antigen test for £29.00. As far as I understand, you swab your nose, send them a photo of the test result along with a photo of your passport and after checking it they email you your test result which can be shown at the border as required

This sounds very simple but open to easy fraud.

Am I missing something?

why would anyone take the more complex PCR test which needs posting with its possible delays?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hi Roger,

Mrs V and I are off to France tomorrow.  We did the 48h antigen test online via Qured.  They posted the test kits (£39 each) and we performed the test via a video call. We then took photos of the results, plus photo ID (driving licences), and emailed it to them.  They validated it all and emailed us our certificates.  All very smooth indeed (but note that Qured have had mixed reviews, for example from folks stuck in foreign airports).

However, the French govt has now stated (18 June) that those people fully vaccinated no longer need to show evidence of a negative test, although you still have to show vaccine evidence, plus a déclaration sur l’honneur. That has received very little publicity in the UK, and had we'd known, we'd have saved £78!

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You have blatmail

let me know how you get on at the border please

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Re #17:

Will do.  However, what that Fr gov site now says appears to have changed since yesterday!..It now includes the para:

Le Royaume-Uni étant classé parmi les pays de la zone « orange », il doit présenter à la compagnie de transport et aux autorités de contrôle à la frontière un test PCR négatif datant de moins de 72 heures avant le départ (départ du premier vol en cas de voyage avec correspondance) ou un test antigénique négatif de moins de 48 heures avant le départ

I'm practically certain that wasn't there yesterday.  In fact, we first found out about the statement via a tweet from a traveller to EuroTunnel, who said something like "can this be true?"

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So, it seems that the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs has its collective culottes in a twist.

They first of all say (translation courtesy of Reverso):

"Conditions for entry into metropolitan France from the United Kingdom

If the traveller is vaccinated (full vaccination scheme), there is no restriction on entry into the metropolitan territory. However, a Statement of Honour attesting to the absence of symptoms of Covid-19 infection and contact with a confirmed case of Covid-19, along with proof of vaccination status, must be provided."
 
They go on to say (this is the bit I'm sure wasn't there yesterday):
 
"As the UK is classified as an “orange” country, it [the traveller] must submit to the transport company and border control authorities a negative PCR test less than 72 hours before departure (departure of the first flight in case of connecting travel) or a negative antigenic test of less than 48 hours before departure (departure of the first flight in case of correspondence travel). Children under 11 years of age are exempt from testing."


So that's clear: there's no restriction, except that there's a restriction.  Go figure (as our American cousins would say).

No doubt it will all change again tomorrow.

JV

 

 

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Hi Roger, You have BM. French customs at Eurotunnel went smoothly. They were mainly concerned with NHS vaccination status and confirmation of negative test. They also stamped our passports. We hope to be away long enough for a non-quarantine re-entry to UK. JV
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Cheers John  Thumbup