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Coronavirus and Eurostar services – last updated 22 January 2021

This page will be updated regularly to provide essential COVID-19 travel information regarding Eurostar. Please carefully check the latest official government information of your departure and arrival locations before travelling. Specific criteria and conditions apply to all travel, so please visit the government websites, or the ‘Travel to’ sections below.

IMPORTANT: As travel regulations may change at short notice, we advise all passengers to also check our Travel News page for the latest information.
 

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Essential information to travel to your destinations

Find out more on the introduction of COVID tests to enter England

 

My journey Do I need to fill in a form? Do I need to quarantine? Do I need to take a COVID-19 test?
Travelling to the UK Yes1 Yes1(10 days) Yes1
Travelling to France Yes1 Yes1 Yes1
Travelling to Belgium Yes1 Yes2 Yes1
Travelling to the Netherlands No Yes1 (10 days) Yes1





 

 

1 Specific criteria apply, check the latest information in the "Travel To" sections below.      

2 There will be strict controls on the Passenger Locator form and a quarantine of 7 days, followed by a compulsory PCR test.   

 

Passengers are required to wear a mask at the station and on our trains. Please note this applies even if you have a negative PCR test.

 

Brexit: Please check all the essential info for travelling after 01 January 2021.

Travel to the UK

IMPORTANT: Introduction of mandatory COVID-19 tests to enter England

All passengers are required to present a negative COVID test taken within 3 days of travel. Please carefully check the COVID-19 test requirements to ensure that your test results show all required information. Your test provider will be able to assist, and it helps to ask them for this information in advance.

 

The United Kingdom is taking steps to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

1) To protect your health and others’, everyone must complete an online Passenger Locator Form before arrival in the United Kingdom.

2) You may be required to self-isolate for 10 days on arrival. Check the exempt countries list immediately before you travel as this list can change at short notice. Currently, you are required to self-isolate when arriving in the UK from France, Belgium & the Netherlands. 

3) It is a legal requirement that you wear a face covering on public transport in the UK.

4) If you are required to self-isolate, you may be able to shorten the self-isolation period by opting into a test to release scheme depending on which part of the UK you are in. For further information and a list of providers please visit https://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. 

All passengers are still required to quarantine on arrival in the UK from France, Belgium and the Netherlands.

 

Returning to Belgium: If you’re returning to Belgium afterwards: please note that you’ll have to fill in a mandatory government form even if you’re a Belgian national or resident. For more information please go to the ‘Travel to Belgium’ section. 

If you’re unable to travel and have a booking up to and including 28 February 2021, we’d like to offer you an e-voucher so you can re-book your trip for a later date

UK government advice: visit the UK government website for the latest travel advice.

 

Travel to France

 

New rules for travel from the UK to France have been announced. These restrict travel to French citizens and residents, EU Nationals and a few limited exceptions.  

Visit the French Consulate in London's website for details and the latest information. 

  • Lockdown / local restrictions: If you have questions regarding lockdown in France or would like the most up-to-date travel information, please consult the Foreign & Commonwealth Office website. Otherwise, you can reference this section on our website, which is updated regularly. 
  • COVID testing: All customers travelling to Paris or Lille must provide a negative PCR COVID test taken in the United Kingdom less than 72 hours before travel. Important - antigen tests are no longer accepted. Find out more official details.
  • PCR coronavirus tests at St Pancras Int’l: You can now get a PCR coronavirus test at St Pancras International for £149* Find out more info and book your test here
  • Quarantine: From 18 January, passengers travelling from a non EU country (including UK) must self-isolate for 7 days. 
  • Travel documents: All customers travelling from the UK regardless of their nationality must carry a printed and completed version of this mandatory Travel Certificate. In addition to the Travel Certificate, all customers must bring along a completed Sworn Statement:
    For travellers aged 11 years old and above, please complete this form
    For travellers under 11 years old, please complete this form
  • Return to the UK: Specific regulations apply to people arriving in the UK from France. For more information, visit our ‘Travel to the UK’ section. 
  • If you’re unable to travel and have a booking up to and including 28 February 2021, we’d like to offer you an e-voucher so you can re-book your trip for a later date


*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

 

New rules for travel from the UK to Belgium have been announced. These restrict travel to Belgian citizens and residents, with a few limited exceptions. 

Lockdown / local restrictions: If you have questions regarding lockdown in Belgium or would like the most up-to-date travel information, please consult the Belgian government website. Otherwise, you can reference this section on our website, which is updated regularly. 

  • COVID testing:  

      If you’re a non-resident travelling to Belgium:  

      - A negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours prior to arrival is necessary for all non-residents, regardless of their nationality. An antigen test will not be accepted by the authorities. 
      - You will be refused entry if you fail to comply with these restrictions. Please note that you will be responsible for any associated costs. 
      - Important - please consult the Belgian Embassy’s website for the latest information and guidelines.
      - PCR coronavirus tests at St Pancras Int’l: You can now get a PCR coronavirus test at St Pancras International for £149* Find out more info and book your test here.

      If you’re a Belgian resident travelling back to Belgium:  

      - Belgian residents returning from a “red zone” (including the UK) and having stayed there for more than 48 hours must be tested on arrival.
      - From 2 January 2021, after filling in the Passenger Locator Form, people will receive a text message on their return allowing them to present themselves at a test centre. 

  • Travel documents: When travelling or returning to Belgium, ALL passengers aged 16 years and over are legally required to complete a Passenger Locator Form online. The form must be completed online within 48 hours of departure. See here for more information.   
  • Quarantine: As of 31 December, anyone returning to Belgium after a stay of at least 48 hours in a “red zone” (including the UK) will have to quarantine for 14 days. The quarantine can only be shortened by getting a negative PCR test on the seventh day of quarantine. Exceptions apply.
  • Return to the UK: Specific regulations apply to people arriving in the UK from Belgium. For more information, visit our ‘Travel to the UK’ section. 
  • If you’re unable to travel and have a booking up to and including 28 February 2021, we’d like to offer you an e-voucher so you can re-book your trip for a later date


*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

 


*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).

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