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Coronavirus and Eurostar services – last updated 14 May 2021

You must follow specific rules and complete mandatory forms in order to travel. Our teams are legally required to check COVID-19 documents and may refuse travel to anyone without the correct forms. You must comply with all the travel rules in place in our destination countries, even if you’ve been vaccinated, and you’ll need to wear a mask at the station and on board.

My journey Forms required? Quarantine required? COVID-19 test required?
Travel to & from the UK Yes Yes
(10 days)
Yes
Travel to France Yes Yes Yes
Travel to Belgium Yes Yes   Yes*
Travel to the Netherlands Yes Yes
(10 days)
Yes
*Belgium residents travelling back to Belgium do not need to take a test before travel.


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

As regulations can change at short notice, please ensure you check the latest official government information of your departure and arrival destination before travelling and read the ‘Travel’ sections below.

UK government travel advice

Essential information before you go

Travel to and from the UK

TRAVELLING TO THE UK TO AND INCLUDING 16 MAY:

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. 

*The common travel area is an open borders area comprising the UK, Jersey, Guernsey, the Isle of Man, and Ireland. 
**You must ensure the test provider you choose is on the UK government list, otherwise, the test will not meet the required standards. You can book a day 2 & 8 COVID test package with our recognised partner here You can also book the Test to Release here.


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.

 

TRAVELLING TO THE UK FROM 17 MAY ONWARDS:

See more information

 

TRAVELLING FROM THE UK:

National travel restrictions – you can only travel for essential reasons

Whilst national restrictions are in place, you can only travel internationally from England for legally permitted reasons. This does not include holidays.

You must complete a travel declaration form and carry it with you along with any evidence supporting the reason for your trip.

You may be required to show the form at the port of departure. It is an offence to enter a port of departure or embarkation point without a properly completed form if you are travelling internationally. Some job related exemptions apply. You may be issued with a fixed penalty notice and directed to return home if you do not have a valid reason for travel.

Travel to France

AM I ALLOWED TO TRAVEL? Visit the French Consulate website for details and the latest information on lockdown and local restrictions in place in France. 


ARE THERE RULES WHEN TRAVELLING FROM THE UK TO FRANCE?

National travel restrictions – you can only travel for essential reasons

Whilst national restrictions are in place, you can only travel internationally from England for legally permitted reasons. This does not include holidays.

You must complete a travel declaration form and carry it with you along with any evidence supporting the reason for your trip.

You may be required to show the form at the port of departure. It is an offence to enter a port of departure or embarkation point without a properly completed form if you are travelling internationally. Some job related exemptions apply. You may be issued with a fixed penalty notice and directed to return home if you do not have a valid reason for travel.


DO I NEED A COVID-19 TEST? All customers travelling to Paris or Lille must provide a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken in the United Kingdom less than 72 hours before travel. Important - antigen tests are no longer accepted. Find out more official details.


WHAT DOCUMENTS DO I NEED? All customers travelling from the UK must carry a printed and completed version of a Sworn Statement. Depending on your nationality and age, please choose the document you need accordingly:


WILL I NEED TO QUARANTINE? Passengers travelling from a non-EU country (including the UK) must make a sworn declaration to self-isolate for a period of 7 days, then take another PCR test following this period of self-isolation.
 


*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 Belgium

AM I ALLOWED TO TRAVEL? 

  • If you’re a UK citizen or a non-EU national: You can only travel to Belgium for essential reasons. Find out more.
  • If you’re a Belgian resident or an EU national: Non-essential travel is permitted but not encouraged. Find out more.
  • If you're not a Belgian resident or national and have been in Brazil, India or South Africa in the preceding 14 days before travelling to Belgium, you will not be allowed to enter Belgium. This also applies if you’re transiting through Belgium to/from another country.


IMPORTANT: Please consult the Belgian government's official coronavirus information website for the latest guidelines and information regarding lockdown and local restrictions.


DO I NEED A COVID-19 TEST?

If you are a Belgian resident:

  • You do not need to take a PCR test before you travel
  • Belgian residents returning from a “red zone” (including the UK) and having stayed there for more than 48 hours must be tested on arrival
  • After filling in a Passenger Locator Form, passengers will get a text inviting them to go to a test centre.


If you are not a Belgium resident:

  • All non-residents aged six and over must take a negative PCR test no more than 72 hours before arriving in Belgium, regardless of their nationality. Antigen tests are not acceptable
  • You will be refused entry if you fail to comply with these restrictions. You will be responsible for any associated costs
  • PCR coronavirus tests at St Pancras Int’l: You can now get a PCR coronavirus test at St Pancras International*. Find out more and book your test here.
     

WHAT DOCUMENTS DO I NEED TO TRAVEL TO OR RETURN TO BELGIUM?

  • ALL passengers aged 16 and over (regardless of citizenship or residency)  are legally required to complete a Passenger Locator Form online. The form must be completed online up to 48 hours of departure.


ARE THERE RULES WHEN TRAVELLING FROM THE UK TO BELGIUM?

  • Whilst national restrictions are in place, you can only travel internationally from England for legally permitted reasons. This does not include holidays
  • You must complete a travel declaration form and carry it with you along with any evidence supporting the reason for your trip. You may be required to show the form at the station. It is an offence to enter a port of departure or embarkation point without a properly completed form if you are travelling internationally. Some work-related exemptions apply. You may be issued a fixed penalty notice and told to return home if you do not have a valid reason for travel.


WILL I NEED TO QUARANTINE? 

  • Anyone returning to Belgium after a stay of at least 48 hours in a “red zone” (including the UK) will have to quarantine for 10 days. The quarantine can only be shortened by getting a negative PCR test on the seventh day of quarantine. Exceptions apply. 
     

* 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

AM I ALLOWED TO TRAVEL? Dutch citizens and residents and EU nationals are allowed to travel for essential reasons only. However, non-EU nationals, including British citizens, are not permitted to travel by the Dutch government. Please visit the Dutch government website for more information on travel and local restrictions.


ARE THERE RULES WHEN TRAVELLING FROM THE UK TO THE NETHERLANDS?

National travel restrictions – you can only travel for essential reasons

Whilst national restrictions are in place, you can only travel internationally from England for legally permitted reasons. This does not include holidays.

You must complete a travel declaration form and carry it with you along with any evidence supporting the reason for your trip.

You may be required to show the form at the port of departure. It is an offence to enter a port of departure or embarkation point without a properly completed form if you are travelling internationally. Some job related exemptions apply. You may be issued with a fixed penalty notice and directed to return home if you do not have a valid reason for travel.


DO I NEED A COVID-19 TEST? All customers need to have proof of a negative PCR test result taken less than 72 hours before travel. Find out more official details


WHAT DOCUMENTS DO I NEED? When travelling to or from the Netherlands, there are no specific COVID-19 travel documents required by the Dutch government.


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.


*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).

COVID-19 testing options


We’re working with London Medical Laboratory to give you access to a range of COVID-19 testing options at a preferential price*. You’ll need to book your test in advance online
 
London Medical Laboratory meets the required UK government standards for testing packages.

IMPORTANT: Please make sure you read the following information and the ‘Travel to’ sections above for mandatory testing guidelines and official travel rules for your destination.

Tests available for travel to the UK:

Tests available for travel to France, Belgium and the Netherlands:

*Except for the mandatory PCR testing on day two and eight of quarantine which is set at fixed price.