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Important: Check COVID-19 travel requirements and complete documents before you go.

TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS

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

Testing requirements will ease for fully vaccinated passengers and most under 18s arriving into the UK from 24 October 2021. Find out more.

 

Coronavirus and Eurostar services – last updated 20 October 2021

You must follow all travel rules and complete any necessary mandatory forms before travelling. 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. 

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.

It’s our policy that you must continue to wear a face covering on board our trains, even if you’ve been fully vaccinated. Our teams are doing their best to keep you safe and are legally required to check passengers’ COVID-19 documents. They will refuse travel if you don’t have the correct forms complete and ready to be checked. 

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 the UK

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

  • Mandatory Passenger Locator form

Complete a mandatory Passenger Locator Form maximum of 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 test before you depart for the UK. Full details and exemptions. Find out more about how to book a test.

From 24 October day 2 testing requirements will change – find out more.

  • 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.
 

  • No requirement to self-isolate upon arrival

 

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 maximum of 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 to France only 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 TRAVELING WITH CHILDREN 

  • Rules for children resident in the UK, British Overseas Territories, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, USA, EU & EAA countries, Switzerland, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Australia, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Bahrain, Brunei, Canada, Dominica, Israel, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, New Zealand, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan or the United Arab Emirates (UAE)
     
      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 for 10 days
    Full details
    NO 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.

     

  • Rules for children resident in any country listed above
  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
YES 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 for 10 days
Full details
YES YES YES

*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. 


5) VACCINATION REQUIREMENTS

To be considered fully vaccinated by the United Kingdom, you must have been vaccinated either:

•       under an approved vaccination programme in the UK, British Overseas Territories, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, USA, EU & EAA countries, Switzerland, Andorra, Monaco, or San Marino.

OR

•       with a full course of the Oxford/AstraZeneca, Pfizer BioNTech, Moderna or Janssen vaccines from a relevant public health body in Australia, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Bahrain, Brunei, Canada, Dominica, Israel, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, New Zealand, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan or the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

 

Formulations of the 4 listed vaccines, such as AstraZeneca Covishield, AstraZeneca Vaxzevria and Moderna Takeda, qualify as approved vaccines. You must have had a complete course of an approved vaccine at least 14 days before you arrive in England.

 

Where 2 doses of a vaccine are required for a full course, you will be able to:

• mix 2 different types of vaccine, for example Oxford/AstraZeneca and Moderna

• have the 2 vaccinations under 2 different approved programmes, for example Australia and Japan, UK and USA, EU and Canada. More information

 

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.

  

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 France

AM I ALLOWED TO TRAVEL? 

Non-French nationals whose main residence is not in France will need:

  • Proof of being fully vaccinated more than 7 days before departure.
  • If you are not fully vaccinated: an essential reason to travel to France from the UK. The accepted essential reasons for travel are listed on the Travel certificate to Metropolitan France (see also 'What documents do I need' below). Events such as weddings or funerals are not considered essential reasons for travel.
     

If you're a French national, you can travel to France, even if you're not fully vaccinated. You'll need to fill in the relevant travel documents and, if you're unvaccinated, take a COVID-19 test (see below).

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



DO I NEED A COVID-19 TEST?

  • 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. Find out more official details.
  • You can now get an antigen or PCR coronavirus test at St Pancras International. More info in the section 'COVID-19 testing options' below.



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.


WHAT LOCAL RULES APPLY TO VISITORS TO FRANCE?

A COVID ‘health pass’ or Pass Sanitaire is now mandatory for access to venues where more than 50 people are present. From 9 August, the law will be extended to also include domestic trains (including TGV connections), restaurants, bars, and outside terraces. 

If you’re aged 18 or over, you must provide proof that you have either:

  • Been fully vaccinated
  • Taken a negative PCR/antigen test within the last 72 hours
  • Or recovered from coronavirus in the last six months


You can prove one of the above:

  • Digitally using the TousAntiCovid app. If you’re travelling from the UK, you can download the app and use it to scan your NHS vaccination status QR code
  • Or by providing paper proof of your vaccination status or test result 


If you were vaccinated in the UK, you should also carry digital or paper proof of your status from the NHS as a back-up.

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? 

The UK is currently classified as red and the following rules apply when travelling from the UK to Belgium.

You’re allowed to travel to Belgium only if you are:

  • A Belgian citizen or an EU/Schengen 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 or a vaccination certificate issued in England, Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland. 
  • 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 mandatory Passenger Locator Form online before arriving at the station. Please note that when travelling to Belgium from outside the EU (i.e from the UK), you are still required to complete this form even if you’re staying in Belgium for less than 48 hours or were away from Belgium for less than 48 hours.

You will be required to present it along with other required documents in order to travel.



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, or a vaccination certificate issues in England, Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland, you must self-isolate and get tested on day 1 or 2 after arriving in Belgium. If you test negative, you can end quarantine as soon as you get your test result but you will still need to take a test again on day 7. 
  • 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.
  • Children under the age of 12 do not have to get tested.


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, or a vaccination certificate issued in England, Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland, you must self-isolate and get tested on day 1 or 2 after you arrive in Belgium. If you test negative, you can end quarantine as soon as you get your test result, but you will still need to take a test again on day 7.
  • If you don’t have an EU vaccination or recovery certificate, or a vaccination certificate issued in England, Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland, 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.


PROVING VACCINATION STATUS FOR LARGE EVENTS

On 01 October, Belgium launched an app called ‘CovidSafeBE’. It provides proof of full vaccination, a recent negative test or a COVID recovery certificate. 

You’ll need the app for indoor events with 500 or more people, or outdoor events with 750 or more people. 

Read official government info here.

Download the app here.

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:


IMPORTANT: The Dutch government have changed their entry rule on 29/9 for minors aged between 13 and 18 years travelling from the UK to The Netherlands who don't need to provide proof of vaccination and are exempted from quarantine when accompanied by fully vaccinated parents/guardians.

Eurostar staff in London are required to check your documents on departure and if you do not meet any of the above criteria, you will not be allowed to travel to the Netherlands. 


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? 

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. 

From 22 September, fully vaccinated passengers from the UK to the Netherlands won’t need to self-isolate on arrival.


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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