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TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS

Essential information on the latest travel requirements to help you plan your journey.

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You must follow all travel rules and complete any necessary mandatory forms before travelling. Our teams will refuse travel if you don’t have the correct forms complete and ready to be checked. As regulations can change at short notice, please check the latest official government information of your departure and destination countries before travelling and read the ‘Travel’ sections below. 

IMPORTANT: Please make sure that your reason for travel is permitted by the country you are visiting, as the rules differ for each destination

Travel restrictions and entry requirements

Travel to France

IMPORTANT: Please check the travel rules in both your destination country and the country you’re returning to – requirements do vary. 

1) I AM VACCINATED. WHAT COVID-19 TRAVEL DOCUMENTS AND RESTRICTIONS APPLY TO ME?

  • Mandatory proof of full vaccination

Present your certificate of full vaccination issued by the country where your vaccination was administered. If you were vaccinated in the UK you can present your NHS digital pass or paper certificate (or you can import your NHS QR code into the TousAntiCovid app). Full details and exemptions

You’re considered fully vaccinated for travel purposes if you’re aged 18 and over and:

  • you received a COVID-19 vaccine booster

Or:

  • you received the second dose of a two-dose vaccine (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca) at least a week ago, but no more than nine months ago.
  • you received a single-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson) at least 28 days ago, but no more than nine months ago.
  • you received the first dose of vaccination at least a week before travel AND you have previously had COVID-19 (at least 11 days ago and within the last 6 months).


Important: If you had your full vaccine course 9 months ago or more AND you haven’t had a COVID-19 vaccine booster, you must follow the rules for unvaccinated passengers to enter France.

Rules for under 18s: If you’re aged under 18, there’s no requirement for a booster and you’re regarded as fully vaccinated if you’ve received your full vaccine course. If you’re aged 12 and under, there’s no requirement for a vaccine. 

  • ​​​​​Quarantine Rules

No requirement to self-isolate on arrival.

2) I AM NOT VACCINATED. WHAT COVID-19 TRAVEL DOCUMENTS AND RESTRICTIONS APPLY TO ME?

  • Negative COVID-19 test result or COVID-19 recovery certificate

Present one of the following three certificates to be checked before departure:

-        A negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before departure, OR
-        A negative antigen test taken no more than 48 hours before departure, OR
-        A COVID-19 recovery certificate showing a positive PCR or antigen test result no older than 6 months 

Important: NHS tests are not accepted. Your test certificate must be issued by a private provider and contain the following information: your full name, your date of birth or age, the sample date, the type of test, the test result, and the provider's name and contact details. Full details and exemptions.

  • Quarantine Rules

No requirement to self-isolate on arrival.

3) I AM TRAVELLING WITH CHILDREN 

 Rules for children and young people*

Fully vaccinated aged 12-17 (inclusive)

Unvaccinated aged 12-17 (inclusive)

Negative PCR or antigen test OR recovery certificate
More information

NO

YES

Pass Sanitaire (health pass)
Full details

NO** NO**

Self-isolate
 

NO NO

* Children aged 11 and under are exempt from all requirements.
**Only required to visit hospitals and clinics except in the event of a medical emergency.

4) WHAT LOCAL RULES APPLY TO VISITORS TO FRANCE?

  • Visiting leisure, cultural and medical facilities

People aged 12 and over no longer need to have a pass vaccinal (vaccine pass) or pass sanitaire (health pass) to visit cafés, bars, restaurants, shopping centres or take part in leisure and cultural activities while in France.

A pass sanitaire (health pass) is still required to access hospitals and clinics in France, except in the event of a medical emergency. Full details about the pass sanitaire

Travel to the UK

IMPORTANT: Please check the travel rules in both your destination country and the country you’re returning to – requirements do vary. 

ALL PASSENGERS REGARDLESS OF VACCINATION STATUS

  • You're not required to take any COVID-19 tests, complete any forms or quarantine on arrival. This applies to ALL travellers, regardless of vaccination status. Full details on the UK government website.

Travel to Belgium

UPDATE (20/05/2022): EXPECTED CHANGES TO BELGIAN TRAVEL RULES

The Belgian government is likely to announce further easing of travel rules shortly. If you’re due to travel to Belgium over the next few days, please keep checking the Belgian government website for the latest information. We will update this page as soon as we have additional details.


IMPORTANT: Please check the travel rules in both your destination country and the country you’re returning to – requirements do vary. 

1) I AM VACCINATED. WHAT COVID-19 TRAVEL DOCUMENTS AND RESTRICTIONS APPLY TO ME?

  • Mandatory Passenger Locator Form

Complete this form online before arriving at the station. This applies to ALL travellers, including Belgian citizens and residents. You'll need to show your completed form at the station. Please note, you are still required to complete this form even if you’re staying in Belgium for less than 48 hours or were abroad for less than 48 hours. Full details and exemptions.

  • Mandatory proof of full vaccination

Present your certificate of full vaccination issued by the country where your vaccination was administered. If you were vaccinated in the UK you must present your NHS digital pass or official paper certificate. People with 1 vaccine dose + COVID recovery certificate are not considered fully vaccinated under the Belgian rules.

If you are aged 18 and over, you are considered fully vaccinated in Belgium if:

- you received a COVID-19 vaccine booster

or:

- you received your final vaccine dose at least 2 weeks ago, but no more than 270 days ago.

The following COVID-19 vaccines are recognised by Belgium:

- Pfizer/BioNTech
- Moderna
- AstraZeneca/Oxford
- Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)
- Novavax
- Covishield and R-Covi

Important: if you had the final dose of your primary vaccine course 270 days ago or more AND you haven’t had a COVID-19 vaccine booster, you must follow the rules for unvaccinated passengers to enter Belgium.

Rules for under 18s: If you’re aged under 18, there’s currently no requirement for a booster. Full details and exemptions.

  • Quarantine rules

There is no requirement to quarantine or take any tests on arrival.

FOR BELGIAN RESIDENTS: If you’re not carrying proof of vaccination AND you spent more than 48 hours in the UK, you must take a PCR or antigen test on day 1 after your arrival and quarantine until you receive a negative result. Full details and exemptions


2) I AM NOT VACCINATED. WHAT COVID-19 TRAVEL DOCUMENTS AND RESTRICTIONS APPLY TO ME?

  • Negative COVID-19 test result or COVID-19 recovery certificate

Present one of the following three certificates to be checked before departure:
-        A negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before departure, OR
-        A negative Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) taken no more than 24 hours before departure, OR
-        A COVID-19 recovery certificate showing a positive PCR test result no older than 180 days. 

NHS tests are not accepted. Full details and exemptions.

  • Essential Travel Certificate or official document

If you’re not an EU national or resident AND you don't have a recovery certificate, you can only travel to Belgium for essential reasons. You must present official proof of your essential reason to travel to Belgium. Accepted reasons for travel can be found at the following link. Full details and exemptions

  • Mandatory Passenger Locator Form

Complete this form online before arriving at the station. You'll need to show your completed form at the station. This applies to ALL travellers, including Belgian citizens and residents. Please note, you are still required to complete this form even if you’re staying in Belgium for less than 48 hours or were abroad for less than 48 hours. Full details and exemptions

  • Quarantine rules

There is no requirement to quarantine or take any tests on arrival.

FOR BELGIAN RESIDENTS: If you’re not carrying proof of a pre-departure test or a recovery certificate AND you spent more than 48 hours in the UK, you must take a PCR or antigen test on day 1 after your arrival and quarantine until you receive a negative result.

Full details and exemptions

3) I AM TRAVELLING WITH CHILDREN

 

12 years old or over

11 years or under

Passenger Locator form*
Complete online

REQUIRED

REQUIRED*

Proof of full vaccination OR negative PCR/RAT test OR recovery certificate
Full details

REQUIRED**

NOT REQUIRED

PCR or antigen (RAT) test upon arrival
Full details

NOT REQUIRED**

NOT REQUIRED

Self-isolate upon arrival
Full details

NOT REQUIRED**

NOT REQUIRED***

*Children 11 years and under can be included on an adult's Passenger Locator Form if they are staying at the same address
** Children aged 12 and over are required to follow the same testing and self-isolation rules as adults. Tests and quarantine on arrival only apply to Belgian residents who've spent more than 48 hours in the UK and who can’t show proof of vaccination, a negative test result or a recovery certificate.
*** Not required unless their parent or guardian is self-isolating

 

4) WHAT LOCAL RULES APPLY TO VISITORS TO BELGIUM?

  • Face Masks in Belgium

Before you travel, please check which COVID-19 measures apply in your destination country. Face mask rules and exemptions vary in each country. Find out more

Visitors to Belgium aged 16 and over no longer need to show a vaccination, recovery or negative test certificate (referred to as a "Covid Safe Ticket" in Belgium) to access cafés, restaurants, fitness centres or large events.  Full details

Travel to the Netherlands

IMPORTANT: Please check the travel rules in both your destination country and the country you’re returning to – requirements do vary. 

1) I AM VACCINATED. WHAT COVID-19 TRAVEL DOCUMENTS AND RESTRICTIONS APPLY TO ME?

  • You're not required to take any COVID-19 tests to enter the Netherlands. Full details.
     
  • Mandatory proof of full vaccination (non-EU/non-Schengen residents only)

If you're not an EU or Schengen resident, you must present a certificate of full vaccination. If you were vaccinated in the UK, you must present your NHS digital pass or official paper certificate. Full details and exemptions

If you are aged 18 and over, you are considered fully vaccinated in the Netherlands if:

  • you received a COVID-19 vaccine booster
     

Or: 

  • you received the second dose of a two-dose vaccine (BioNTech/Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca) at least 14 days ago, but no more than 270 days ago. 
  • you received a single-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson /Janssen) at least 28 days ago, but no more than 270 days ago. 


Important: if you had the final dose of your primary vaccine course 270 days ago or more AND you haven’t had a COVID-19 vaccine booster, you must follow the rules for unvaccinated passengers to enter the Netherlands.

Rules for under 18s: If you’re aged under 18, there’s currently no requirement for a booster. 

The vaccine you received must have been approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) or be on the Emergency Use Listing of the World Health Organization (WHO). Check the list of approved vaccines and their certificate requirements.

  • Quarantine Rules

No requirement to self-isolate on arrival.

2) I AM NOT VACCINATED. WHAT COVID-19 TRAVEL DOCUMENTS AND RESTRICTIONS APPLY TO ME?

  • Essential reason for travel (non-EU/non-Schengen residents only)

If you're not an EU or Schengen resident, you can only travel to the Netherlands if you can prove you have an essential reason, or the purpose of your trip falls under one of the exemption categories. Non-essential travel is not allowed for unvaccinated passengers. Full details and exemptions

  • You're not required to take any COVID-19 tests to enter the Netherlands. Full details.
     
  • Quarantine Rules

No requirement to self-isolate on arrival.
 

3) I AM TRAVELLING WITH CHILDREN

 

 Children
 under 12

 Children aged
 12 and over

Essential reason to travel

NO YES*

Pre-departure test

NO NO

Self-isolate upon arrival

NO NO

*Unvaccinated children only

Travelling through other countries to your destination

What travel rules apply to me if my train passes through other countries before reaching my destination? 

  • If you’re travelling on a direct Eurostar train, you only need to meet the entry requirements of your Eurostar destination, and not those of any country the train passes through. 
  • If you’re only taking the Eurostar for part of your journey, you’ll need to meet the entry requirements of your Eurostar destination and check separately which rules apply for the rest of your journey.

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