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TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS

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

With high numbers of people travelling, our contact centre is exceptionally busy. At the moment, the best way to contact us is via our Contact Us form or in writing (see the Comments and suggestions section here). We will prioritise urgent requests and respond as quickly as possible. If we need more information we will call you directly. For some queries, you can find answers by visiting our online Help Centre.

Coronavirus and Eurostar services – last updated 1 August 2022

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) DO I NEED TO WEAR A MASK ON BOARD?

For everyone’s comfort, we recommend wearing a mask on board our trains.

2) ALL PASSENGERS REGARDLESS OF VACCINATION STATUS

You’re not required to present a vaccination, recovery or negative test certificate to travel to France. There are no forms to complete or quarantine requirements either. This applies to ALL travellers, irrespective of nationality or vaccination status. Full details on the French government website (in French). 

3) WHAT LOCAL RULES APPLY TO VISITORS TO FRANCE?

The French government strongly recommends that face masks are worn on public transport.

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. 

DO I NEED TO WEAR A MASK ONBOARD? For everyone’s comfort, we recommend wearing a mask on board our trains. 

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

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

DO I NEED TO WEAR A MASK ONBOARD? For everyone’s comfort, we recommend wearing a mask on board our trains. 

ALL PASSENGERS REGARDLESS OF VACCINATION STATUS

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

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) DO I NEED TO WEAR A MASK ONBOARD? For everyone’s comfort, we recommend wearing a mask on board our trains. 

2) 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.

3) 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.
 

4) 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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