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Coronavirus and Eurostar services – last updated 23 July 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, you must comply with all travel rules and keep wearing a mask at the station and on board in all our destination countries. If you are travelling to Germany via Brussels, you must comply with the Belgian travel rules.


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.
 

Essential information before you go

Travel to France

New travel rules come into effect from 18 July 2021. Find out more.

 


AM I ALLOWED TO TRAVEL? 

EU nationals (including EU expats living in the UK) are allowed to travel to France. 

Non-EU nationals (including UK citizens) whose main residence is not in France will either need:

  • a compelling reason to travel to France from the UK as stated in the Travel Certificate below in the ‘What documents do I need’ section.
  • or proof of being fully vaccinated.

Visit the French Consulate website for more details and the latest information about restrictions in France.


DO I NEED A COVID-19 TEST?
 

  • From the 18th July 2021, COVID test requirements will change for entry into France. Passengers who have proof they have been fully vaccinated at least 7 days before departure no longer need to take a test. France accepts both the NHS COVID pass and the EU Digital Covid Certificate as a proof of vaccination.
  • Passengers who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, must present a negative antigen or PCR test taken within 24 hours of departure. Until this date current rules apply. Find out more official details.
  •  Antigen and PCR coronavirus tests at St Pancras Int’l: You can now get an antigen or PCR coronavirus test at St Pancras International* Find out more info and book your test here.



WHAT DOCUMENTS DO I NEED? 

All passengers travelling from the UK – regardless of their nationality or if they’ve been fully vaccinated must carry a printed and completed Statement of honour.

 

If you haven't been fully vaccinated you must carry a printed and completed version of these two forms:

When entering France: Travel certificate to Metropolitan France.
When leaving France: Certificate to leave Metropolitan France.


WILL I NEED TO QUARANTINE? 

Passengers travelling from the UK must self-isolate for 7 days unless fully vaccinated, then take another PCR test following this period of self-isolation.


WHAT DO I NEED FOR MY RETURN JOURNEY? 

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

Travel to the UK

New travel rules for fully vaccinated passengers come into effect from 19 July 2021. Find out more.

 

IMPORTANT: France, Belgium and the Netherlands are classed as amber countries. Also, 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

All passengers travelling to the UK – including those who’ve been fully vaccinated – must fill in mandatory forms and comply with the government’s testing and self-isolation requirements. Please read the section below for more information. 
 

ESSENTIAL INFORMATION TO ENTER ENGLAND FROM OVERSEAS

Everyone* entering England from overseas (including UK nationals and residents) must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 3 days prior to direct departure to England. Your test result must be in either English, French or Spanish.

Fill in your Passenger Locator Form up to 48 hours before arrival. You must declare all countries you have visited or transited through in the 10 days prior to your arrival on your Passenger Locator Form.

Before departure check the list of red, amber and green countries, as the list can change regularly.

 

Red list passengers

1. Book a managed quarantine package

2. Complete a passenger locator form

You can only enter if you are a British or Irish National, or you have residence rights in the UK. You must enter through a designated port of entry and quarantine in a government approved hotel for 10 days.

 

Amber list passengers

1. Book tests for day 2 and 8**

2. Complete a passenger locator form

3. Make plans to self-quarantine in private accommodation for 10 full days after arrival (or full duration of stay if less than 10 days)


If you are arriving from an Amber country (except France, see below), and have been fully vaccinated through an approved UK vaccination programme at least 14 days before your arrival in England, you must: 

1. Book a test for day 2

2. Complete a Passenger Locator Form  
 

Vaccinated passengers travelling from France: Please note this does not apply to passengers who have been in or transited through France in the 10 days prior to their arrival in England. You are not eligible to forgo self-isolation and day 8 testing even if you are fully vaccinated or otherwise meet the eligibility criteria. Passengers who have been to France should answer “No” to the question on “Do you meet the COVID-19 vaccination eligibility criteria for reduced isolation and testing requirements?” on the Passenger Locator Form. 
 

Children: The following applies to minors under the age of 18 years arriving from Amber list countries who are resident in the UK (excluding France)

Age Pre-departure test Day 2 test Day 8 test
11-18 years Yes Yes No
5-10 years No Yes No
Under 4 years No No  No

 

 

 

 

Green list passengers

1. Book a test for day 2

2. Complete a passenger locator form

 

These measures apply to all persons (including UK nationals and residents) arriving in England from outside the common travel area comprising the United Kingdom, Ireland, the Isle of Man, and the Channel Islands. The British Overseas Territories are not in the common travel area. Public health requirements may vary depending upon in which nation of the UK you’re staying.

Englandhttps://www.gov.uk/uk-border-control

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

Failure to comply with these measures is a criminal offence and you could be fined. There are a limited set of exemptions from these measures. Check the list of exemptions carefully. You may be fined if you fraudulently claim an exemption.

 

Exemptions from one or more of the COVID-related travel restrictions

Some people are exempt from some or all COVID-19 travel and entry requirements because of their job but will be required to show evidence, otherwise, there is a risk of being fined by the authorities. Read more


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



ARE YOU TRAVELLING FROM FRANCE TO THE UK?

From 31 May all passengers must carry a printed and completed version of the Certificate to leave Metropolitan France.
 

ARE YOU TRAVELLING FROM THE NETHERLANDS TO THE UK?

Important
- If you’re using the Dutch government’s free COVID test scheme and the CoronaCheck app, please check all required details are included on your certificate. This must include the name and contact details of the place your test was taken. Certificates without this information do not meet UK requirements and cannot be used to travel to the UK.
 

*Applies to everyone age 11 years and above.

**Applies to everyone age 5 years and aboveYou 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.

 

Travel to Belgium

All passengers travelling to Belgium – including those who’ve been fully vaccinated – must fill in mandatory forms and comply with the government’s testing and self-isolation requirements. Please read on for more information and check carefully that you are eligible to travel to Belgium.


AM I ALLOWED TO TRAVEL? 

As of Friday 9 July, classification for the UK has moved from ‘very high risk’ to ‘red’ and the following rules now apply when travelling from the UK to Belgium.

You’re not allowed to travel to Belgium unless you are:

  • A Belgian citizen or resident
  • A non-EU/Schengen citizen or resident who has been fully vaccinated at least two weeks before travel and has an EU Digital Covid Certificate. Please note that Belgium does not currently recognise UK NHS vaccine certificates.
  • The partner of a Belgian citizen or resident. Or the child of a Belgian citizen or resident or their partner's child. You must hold an Essential Travel Certificate issued by a Belgian diplomatic or consular post.

 

If you do not meet any of the above criteria, you may not travel to Belgium unless you meet the exemptions listed here under the question ‘I am not a national of the EU, nor of a country that is part of the Schengen Area and my primary residence is in a third country marked as “red” on this list….May I travel to Belgium?” (please scroll down the page to the Transport & International section).

If you qualify for one of the listed exemptions, you must carry either an official document linked to your profession (e.g a Diplomatic passport) or request an Essential Travel Certificate from the Belgian Embassy in London at least 5 days before departure. 

IMPORTANT: You will be refused entry if you fail to comply with these restrictions. You will be responsible for any associated costs.

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

Please note: If you’re travelling to Germany or the Netherlands via Brussels and changing trains, you must comply with Belgium's travel rules. With Eurostar, you must meet the entry requirements of the country where you make your connection. This is different to flying, where a stopover effectively counts as part of the flight.

 

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

ALL passengers aged 12 years 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.



DO I NEED TO TAKE A COVID-19 TEST AND TO QUARANTINE?

You're a Belgian resident:

  • If you have an EU vaccination or recovery certificate, you’ll need to get tested on day 1 or 2 after you return from your trip. If you test negative, you can end quarantine as soon as you get your test result. Children under the age of 12 do not have to get tested.
  • If you do not have an EU vaccination or recovery certificate, you must quarantine for 10 days. Get tested on day 1 and 7 after you return from your trip.


Please note: Belgian residents do not need to take a COVID test before travelling.


You're not a Belgian resident:

  • If you have an EU vaccination or recovery certificate, you’ll need to get tested on day 1 or 2 after you return from your trip. If you test negative, you can end quarantine as soon as you get your test result. 
  • If you don’t have an EU vaccination or recovery certificate, you must do a PCR test no more than 72 hours before you arrive in Belgium. This test must be negative. On arrival in Belgium you must quarantine for 10 days and get tested on day 7.
  • Children under the age of 12 do not have to get tested.




WHAT DO I NEED FOR MY RETURN JOURNEY? 

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

Travel to the Netherlands

AM I ALLOWED TO TRAVEL?

The Netherlands has added the UK to its list of ‘high-risk’ countries. Dutch citizens, residents and EU nationals are allowed to travel. However, non-EU nationals, including British citizens, are not permitted to travel from the UK to the Netherlands by the Dutch government (unless exempt). Please visit the Dutch government website for more information.


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 72 hours before your arrival or an antigen test taken less than 48 hours before your arrival in the Netherlands. Find out more official details.


WHAT DOCUMENTS DO I NEED?

All customers travelling to the Netherlands will need to carry a printed quarantine self-declaration form. If you fail to do so, you could be fined €95.


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. 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.

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 check the official travel rules for your destination for mandatory travel testing guidelines. Our Travel to sections above are also here to help you prepare for your trip.  

London Medical Laboratory

Eurostar customer discount: already applied to the products on their website. 

Where to find them?  At their St Pancras International Station Clinic within the EuroDespatch area (you'll see a map to locate them on their website). Kings Cross Clinic - 104-106 Judd Street, London WC1H 9PU (10 minutes’ walk from St Pancras International) and other locations available on their website. Please check carefully their opening hours on their website for click and collect and clinic appointments. 

What type of tests are available? PCR, antigen, UK package Day 2 and 8, test to release – day 5 and more.

What collection options are available? Postal option (available in the UK only), click and collect, clinic appointment. 

Coronavirus 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. effect this has on your ability to travel).

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