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Important: Check COVID-19 travel requirements and complete documents before you go. From Tuesday 30 November, testing and self-isolation requirements will change for passengers arriving into the UK. Check here for more information.

TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS

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

Our contact centre is very busy, so please only call us if your question is urgent and isn’t answered in the information below or on the official government websites. Our teams are only able to answer basic questions about testing requirements and mandatory paperwork. Unfortunately we can’t answer detailed queries about individual cases.




 

Coronavirus and Eurostar services – last updated 29 November 2021

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. 

It’s our policy that you must continue to wear a face covering on board our trains, even if you’ve been fully vaccinated. More info.

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

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

  • Statement of honour

Complete a Statement of Honour certifying you're free of COVID-19 symptoms and haven’t been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the 14 days prior to your departure date. Print a copy to show at the station. 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 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. Fully vaccinated requirements are detailed in section 5 below.

You’re considered fully vaccinated if:

  • 1 week after the 2nd dose for double-dose vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca)
  • 28 days after the dose for single-dose vaccines (Johnson & Johnson)
  • Received the 1st dose of vaccination at least a week before travel + you have previously had COVID-19 (at least 11 days ago and within the last 6 months)
     
  • No requirement to self-isolate upon arrival

 

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

  • Statement of honour

Complete a Statement of Honour certifying you’e free of COVID-19 symptoms and haven’t been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the 14 days prior to your departure date. Print a copy to show at the station. Full details and exemptions.

  • Mandatory proof of a negative pre-departure COVID-19 test result

Present a negative Antigen or PCR test result taken  within 24 hours of your departure date. Full details and exemptions.

  • Mandatory Certificate of Travel to Metropolitan France

You must have a valid reason to enter France. Accepted reasons for travel are listed in the Certificate Of Travel To Metropolitan France document, which you must complete before travel. Non-essential travel is not allowed for unvaccinated passengers. Events such as weddings or funerals are not considered essential reasons for travel. Full details and exemptionsPlease note: If you're a French national, you can travel to France, even if you're not fully vaccinated. 
 

  • Self-isolate for 7 days upon arrival unless exempt

Take a PCR test at the end of the 7-day period of self-isolation.

Full details and exemptions. Full details and exemptions.


3) I AM NOT VACCINATED AND TRAVELLING FROM FRANCE TO THE UK

You must have a valid reason to leave France. Accepted reasons for travel are listed in the Certificate of Travel from Metropolitan France document, which you must complete before travel. 


4) I AM TRAVELLING WITH CHILDREN 

  12 years old or over 12 years old or over 11 years or under 11 years or under

Rules for children & young people
Applies to both vaccinated & unvaccinated children

Travelling with a vaccinated adult Travelling  alone or with an unvaccinated adult Travelling with a vaccinated adult Travelling alone or with an unvaccinated adult
Printed or digital proof of negative pre-departure. Antigen or PCR test
More information
YES YES NO NO
Statement of Honour YES YES YES YES
Certificate Of Travel To Metropolitan France NO YES NO YES
Pass Sanitaire (COVID health pass)
Full details
YES YES NO NO
Self-isolate for 7 days
Full details
NO YES NO YES



5) WHAT LOCAL RULES APPLY TO VISITORS TO FRANCE?

You will require a Pass Sanitaire (health pass) to visit cafes, bars, restaurants, shopping centres, museums, and events of over 50 people, as well as for travel by coach, plane, or train (including TGV connections).

The health pass consists of presenting one of the following three forms of medical proof, digitally (add to the TousAntiCovid app) or in paper format:

  • the QR code from your proof of vaccination
  • a negative COVID-19 test (less than 72 hours old), OR 
  • a RT-PCR or antigen test result showing recovery from COVID-19 (dated at least 11 days before, and less than six months old)


Full details and exemptions

Travel to the UK

IMPORTANT: You must check which countries and territories are on the UK government's red list before travelling. Eurostar is not allowed to carry passengers from red list countries. More information.

 

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

  • Mandatory Passenger Locator form

Complete a mandatory Passenger Locator Form no more than 48 hours before arriving at the station. Bring the completed form with you ready to be checked at the station. Full details and exemptions.

  • Book a mandatory day 2 COVID-19 test

Book and pay for your day 2 COVID-19 PCR test before you depart for the UK. You can take it at any time between your arrival in the UK (day 0) and the end of day 2. Lateral flow tests will no longer be accepted. You will need to self isolate until you receive your negative PCR test result. Full details and exemptions. Find out more about how to book a test.

  • Mandatory proof of full vaccination

You must be able to prove that you have been fully vaccinated (for over 14 days) with a document (digital or paper-based). Full details and exemptions.

To be considered fully vaccinated by the United Kingdom, you must have been vaccinated under an approved vaccination programme:

You must have had a complete course of one of the following vaccines at least 14 days before you arrive in England:

  • Oxford/AstraZeneca
  • Pfizer BioNTech
  • Moderna
  • Janssen
  • Sinovac
  • Sinopharm Beijing
  • Covaxin
     

The day you have your final dose does not count as one of the 14 days. Formulations of these vaccines, such as AstraZeneca Covishield, AstraZeneca Vaxzevria and Moderna Takeda, also qualify as approved vaccines. Where 2 doses of a vaccine are required for a full course, you can:

- mix 2 different types of vaccine from the above list, for example Oxford/AstraZeneca and Moderna
- have the 2 vaccinations under 2 different approved programmes, for example Australia and Japan, UK and USA, France and Canada. More info

IMPORTANT: If you are fully vaccinated, but do not meet the UK’s rules for being fully vaccinated as described above, you must select 'Not fully vaccinated' as your status and follow the non-vaccinated rules. People with 1 vaccine dose + COVID recovery certificate are not considered fully vaccinated under UK rules.

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

  • Mandatory Passenger Locator form

Complete a mandatory Passenger Locator Form no more than 48 hours before arriving at the station. Bring the completed form with you ready to be checked at the station. Full details and exemptions.

  • Mandatory proof of a negative pre-departure COVID-19 test result

Present a negative Antigen, LAMP or PCR test result that meets the standards required by the UK government. The test must be taken a maximum of 3 days before your departure date. You may not be able to travel if it isn't compliant. Full details and exemptions.

  • Book mandatory day 2 and day 8 COVID-19 tests

Book and pay for your day 2 and day 8 COVID-19 tests before you depart for the UK. Full details and exemptions. Find out more about how to book a test.

  • Self-isolate for 10-days upon arrival unless exempt

Take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 and on, or after, day 8 of quarantining. Full details and exemptions.

  

3) I AM NOT VACCINATED AND TRAVELLING FROM FRANCE TO THE UK

  • Mandatory for travel from France: Certificate of Travel from Metropolitan France

You must have a valid reason to leave France. Accepted reasons for travel are listed in the Certificate of Travel from Metropolitan France document, which you must complete before travel. Non-essential travel is not allowed for unvaccinated passengers. Full details and exemptions.

 

4) I AM TRAVELLING WITH CHILDREN 

  • If you are travelling with children under 18, check the table below to see which rules apply for children. Full details here.
     
      11-17 years
    (inclusive)
    5-10 years
    (inclusive)
    0-4 years
    (inclusive)
    Passenger Locator form.*
    Complete online
    YES YES YES
    Printed or digital proof of a negative pre-departure Antigen or PCR test.
    Full details
    NO NO NO
    Certificate of Travel From Metropolitan France.**
    Download document
    YES NO NO
    Proof of booking a day 2 COVID-19 test.
    Full details
    YES YES NO
    Self-isolate until you receive your negative PCR test results.
    Full details
    YES NO NO

      *A child under the age of 18 may be included on an adult's Passenger Locator Form.
     
    ** For unaccompanied minors or accompanied by unvaccinated adult only.

 

If you are travelling on to Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales, or please check further information here:

Northern Ireland: https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/coronavirus-covid-19-international-travel-advice

Scotland: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-international-travel-quarantine/pages/overview/

Wales: https://gov.wales/arriving-wales-overseas

 

Travel to Belgium

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. 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. Full details and exemptions.

You are considered as fully vaccinated 2 weeks after your last vaccination dose. The following COVID-19 vaccines are recognised by Belgium:

•    Pfizer/BioNTech 
•    Moderna
•    AstraZeneca/Oxford 
•    Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)
•    Covishield

Important: People with 1 vaccine dose + COVID recovery certificate are not considered fully vaccinated under Belgian rules.

  • Quarantine rules

Check which of the following rules apply to you.

If you have proof of a negative pre-travel COVID test
There’s no need to quarantine if you can prove you’ve taken a negative PCR test no more than 72 hours before arrival, or a negative Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) taken the day before or on the day of travel. Full details and exemptions

If you do not have proof of a negative pre-travel COVID test
You must take a PCR or RAT test on day 1 or 2 following your arrival in Belgium. You must self-isolate until you get a negative result. You’ll also need to take a second test on day 7. Full details and exemptions.

If you’re staying in Belgium for less than 48 hours or are returning after less than 48 hours away

There’s no need to self-isolate on arrival. Find out more


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

  • Essential Travel Certificate or official document

If you’re not an EU national or Belgian resident, 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. 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 pre-travel COVID-19 test results or recovery certificate

If you are not a resident of Belgium, you must present one of the following forms of proof that you are COVID-free:

• Certificate showing you have recovered from COVID-19

• Negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival

• Negative Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) taken the day before, or earlier on the same day, you travel

Full details and exemptions

  • Quarantine rules

If staying for MORE than 48 hours, or have been outside Belgium for MORE than 48 hours
Upon arrival, self-isolate for 10 days. Take a test (PCR or Rapid Antigen Test) on day 1 and 7. Your quarantine may be shortened if the second test on day 7 is negative. Full details and exemptions

If staying for LESS than 48 hours, or have been outside Belgium for LESS than 48 hours
No self-isolation requirements upon arrival if you are staying less than 48 hours or were abroad for less than 48 hours. 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

NOT REQUIRED*

Printed or digital proof of negative pre-departure PCR or RAT test
Full details

REQUIRED**

NOT REQUIRED

PCR or RAT test upon arrival
Full details

REQUIRED

NOT REQUIRED

Self-isolate upon arrival
Full details

REQUIRED***

REQUIRED****

*Children 11 years and under can be included on an adult's Passenger Locator Form if they are staying at the same address
** Unless the child is fully vaccinated
*** Children aged 12 and over are required to follow the same testing and self-isolation rules as adults
**** Only required if their parent or guardian is self-isolating

 

4) WHAT LOCAL RULES APPLY TO VISITORS TO BELGIUM?

  • You are required to carry proof of your COVID-free status

All visitors to Belgium aged 16 or over will need to show proof they are COVID-free when visiting restaurants, cafés, fitness clubs, nightclubs and large events. The 3 acceptable forms of proof are:

• A vaccination certificate showing you have been fully vaccinated

• A test certificate showing a negative COVID-19 test result

• A certificate of recovery showing you have recovered from COVID-19

Full details
 

  • Face Masks in Belgium

Wearing a face mask is compulsory (from the age of 10) in the following settings: on public transport; in stations and airports; shops and shopping centres; at large indoor outdoor events. Full details and exemptions

Travel to the Netherlands

AM I ALLOWED TO TRAVEL?

The UK is now classed as a ‘very high-risk country’. Please visit the Dutch government website for more information. 

You are permitted to travel to the Netherlands if:



DO I NEED A COVID-19 TEST?

All customers aged 12 years and above need to have proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken less than 48 hours before your departure or an antigen test taken less than 24 hours before your departure to the Netherlands. Find out more.


WHAT DOCUMENTS DO I NEED?

All customers travelling to the Netherlands will need to carry:

  1. Proof of their negative COVID test as described above
  2. A quarantine self-declaration form 
  3. Official proof of their vaccination 
  4.  A vaccine declaration form


WILL I NEED TO QUARANTINE? 

Fully vaccinated passengers travelling from the UK to the Netherlands won’t need to self-isolate on arrival.

Unvaccinated passengers travelling from the UK to the Netherlands will need to self-isolate for 10 days on arrival. See here for more information. There are some exemptions to the quarantine rule. You can also finish your quarantine early by taking a test on day 5. 




WHAT DO I NEED FOR MY RETURN JOURNEY? 

Please check the relevant 'Travel to' section applying to your return journey destination for more information.


PROVING VACCINATION STATUS TO ENTER VENUES

The Netherlands has launched an app called ‘CoronaCheck’, also known as the EU Digital Covid Certificate

The app provides proof of full vaccination, a recent negative test or a recovery certificate. You’ll need it for entering venues such as bars, clubs and stadiums. 

Read more information here.
 


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