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Coronavirus and Eurostar services – last updated 1 March 2021

This page will be updated regularly to provide essential COVID-19 travel information regarding Eurostar. Please carefully check the latest official government information of your departure and arrival locations before travelling. Specific criteria and conditions apply to all travel, so please visit the government websites, or the ‘Travel to’ sections below.

IMPORTANT: Please make sure that your reason for travel is permitted by the country you’re visiting. Travel regulations may change at short notice, we advise all passengers to also check our Travel News page for the latest information.

ALL passengers are legally required to comply with the travel restrictions in place in our destination countries. Our teams are required by law to check COVID-19 travel documents and may refuse travel to any passengers not carrying the correct forms.

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Essential information before you go

Essential information to travel to your destinations

Important: Please make sure that your reason for travel is allowed by the country you’re visiting, as the rules differ for each destination. 

 

My journey Do I need to fill in a form? Do I need to quarantine? Do I need to take a COVID-19 test?
Travelling to the UK Yes1 Yes1(10 days) Yes1
Travelling to France Yes1 Yes1 Yes1
Travelling to Belgium Yes1 Yes2 Yes1
Travelling to the Netherlands No Yes1 (10 days) Yes1





 



1 Specific criteria apply, check the latest information in the "Travel To" sections below.      

2 There will be strict controls on the Passenger Locator form and a quarantine of 7 days, followed by a compulsory PCR test.   


Passengers are required to wear a mask at the station and on our trains and to have proof of a negative COVID-19 test. Please note this applies even if you have received a vaccination.

 

Travel to the UK

From Monday 15 February, the UK government will implement further travel restrictions for people travelling to the UK. Find out more on our Travel News page.

IMPORTANT: If you have been in or through a ‘red list’ country in the 10 days prior to your arrival in the UK you will not be permitted to travel by Eurostar to the UK. The UK Government has implemented new entry rules for people travelling from a red list country, including requiring travel via a designated airport and mandatory hotel quarantine. Find out more.

The United Kingdom is taking steps to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

  1. All persons (including UK nationals and residents) arriving in the UK from outside the common travel area* must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 3 days of departure to the UK. For further information please visit: www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-testing-for-people-travelling-to-england
  2. To protect your health and others’, everyone must complete an online passenger locator form before arrival in the United Kingdom.
  3. All arrivals must quarantine for 10 days unless exempt. If you have travelled through a red list country in the last 10 days, you must have a valid managed quarantine facility booked prior to departure. For information please visit: www.gov.uk/travel-quarantine-and-testing. Check the list of exempt countries immediately before travel and the list of work-related exemptions if travelling for work.
  4. Everyone is required to take a coronavirus test on days 2 and 8 of their quarantine. You must have this booked prior to departure. For information please visit: www.gov.uk/travel-quarantine-and-testing.
  5. It is a legal requirement that you wear a face covering on public transport in the UK.
  6. If you quarantine in England, you may opt into Test to Release. For further information please visit: www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-test-to-release-for-international-travel

 

Failure to comply with the above measures is a criminal offence and you could be fined. Please visit www.gov.uk/uk-border-control for detailed public health advice and requirements for entering the UK. 

 

Official UK rules state that negative COVID-19 test certificates will only be accepted in English, French or Spanish. Please check that your test certificate is in one of these languages and clearly shows all the required information listed here

All passengers are still required to quarantine on arrival in the UK from France, Belgium and the Netherlands.

RETURNING TO FRANCE OR BELGIUM: If you’re returning to France and Belgium afterwards: that you’ll have to fill in mandatory government forms even if you’re a Belgian national or resident. For more information, check the ‘Travel to France' and ‘Travel to Belgium’ sections.

 

TRAVELLING FROM FRANCE

When leaving France, you need to fill in a Travel Certificate regardless of your nationality. 

 

TRAVELLING FROM BELGIUM

When leaving Belgium, you need to fill in a Sworn Statement regardless of your nationality.

 

TRAVELLING FROM THE NETHERLANDS

When leaving the Netherlands there are no specific exit requirements requested by the Dutch government.



CAN I CHANGE MY TRAVEL PLANS?: If you’re unable to travel and have a booking up to and including 30 September 2021, we’d like to offer you an e-voucher so you can re-book your trip for a later date

UK government advice: visit the UK government website for the latest travel advice.

*The common travel area is an open borders area comprising the UK, Jersey, Guernsey, the Isle of Man, and Ireland. 

Returning to Belgium

 

  • AM I ALLOWED TO TRAVEL? New rules for travel from the UK to Belgium have been announced. These restrict travel to Belgian citizens and residents, with a few limited exceptions. Find out more.

 

  • DO I NEED A COVID-19 TEST?

    If you’re a non-resident travelling to Belgium:

    • A negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours prior to arrival is necessary for all non-residents aged six years and above, regardless of their nationality. An antigen test will not be accepted by the authorities.
    • You will be refused entry if you fail to comply with these restrictions. Please note that you will be responsible for any associated costs.
    • Important - please consult the official coronavirus information website from the Belgian government for the latest information and guidelines.
    • PCR coronavirus tests at St Pancras Int’l: You can now get a PCR coronavirus test at St Pancras International*. Find out more info and book your test here.

  If you’re a Belgian resident travelling back to Belgium: 

    • Belgian residents returning from a “red zone” (including the UK) and having stayed there for more than 48 hours must be tested on arrival.
    • From 2 January 2021, after filling in the Passenger Locator Form, people will receive a text message on their return allowing them to present themselves at a test centre

 

 

  • WILL I NEED TO QUARANTINE? As of 31 December, anyone returning to Belgium after a stay of at least 48 hours in a “red zone” (including the UK) will have to quarantine for 14 days. The quarantine can only be shortened by getting a negative PCR test on the seventh day of quarantine. Exceptions apply

 

  • ARE THERE LOCKDOWNS OR LOCAL RESTRICTIONS? If you have questions regarding lockdown in Belgium or would like the most up-to-date travel information, please consult the Belgian government website

 

  • ARE THERE RULES REGARDING MY RETURN TO THE UK? When leaving Belgium, you need to fill in a Sworn Statement regardless of your nationality. Specific regulations apply to people arriving in the UK from Belgium. For more information, visit our ‘Travel to the UK’ section.  

 


* Your results will be available the next day between 17 : 00 and midnight. You’ll need to book your test in advance, and it must be taken no more than 72 hours before departure. Please make sure you factor this into your plans and allow enough time. We’re offering this service in partnership with London Medical Laboratory. Tests are offered at a preferential Eurostar rate. Coronavirus PCR tests are being offered in partnership with London Medical Laboratory and are not a Eurostar product or service. Eurostar is not responsible for the quality of tests, the length of time it takes to get your results and any other matters related to the testing (e.g. your ability to travel).

 

Travel to the Netherlands

 

 

  • WILL I NEED TO QUARANTINE? If you are travelling to the Netherlands from the UK, you will need to self-isolate for 10 days on arrival. See here for more information.

 

  • ARE THERE LOCKDOWNS OR LOCAL RESTRICTIONS?  Learn more about current measures in place. 

 

  • ARE THERE RULES REGARDING MY RETURN TO THE UK? Specific regulations apply to people arriving in the UK from the Netherlands. For more information, visit our ‘Travel to the UK’ section. 

 

 

*Your results will be available the next day between 17:00 and midnight. You’ll need to book your test in advance, and it must be taken no more than 72 hours before departure. Please make sure you factor this into your plans and allow enough time. We’re offering this service in partnership with London Medical Laboratory. Tests are offered at a preferential Eurostar rate. Coronavirus PCR tests are being offered in partnership with London Medical Laboratory and are not a Eurostar product or service. Eurostar is not responsible for the quality of tests, the length of time it takes to get your results and any other matters related to the testing (e.g. your ability to travel).

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