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Coronavirus and Eurostar services – last updated 15 April 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: Please make sure that your reason for travel is permitted by the country you’re visiting. Travel regulations may change at short notice, we advise all passengers to also check our Travel News page for the latest information.

ALL passengers are legally required to comply with the travel restrictions in place in our destination countries. Our teams are required by law to check COVID-19 travel documents and may refuse travel to any passengers not carrying the correct forms.

 

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Essential information before you go

Essential information to travel to your destinations

Important: Please make sure that your reason for travel is allowed by the country you’re visiting, as the rules differ for each destination. 

 

My journey  Form required?*  Quarantine required? *   COVID-19 test required?* 
Travelling to & from the UK Yes Yes(10 days) Yes
Travelling to & from France Yes Yes Yes
Travelling to & from Belgium Yes Yes Yes
Travelling to & from the Netherlands  Yes Yes (10 days) Yes





 


*The destinations you are travelling to and from have specific guidelines and mandatory form requirements, check the latest information in the 'Travel to and from' sections below.   

Passengers are required to wear a mask at the station and on our trains and to have proof of a negative COVID-19 test. Please note this applies even if you have received a vaccination.

 

Travel to and from the UK

TRAVELLING TO THE UK:

From Monday 15 February, the UK government will implement further travel restrictions for people travelling to the UK. Find out more on our Travel News page.

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 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.



RETURNING TO FRANCE OR BELGIUM: If you’re returning to France and Belgium afterwards: then you’ll have to fill in mandatory government forms even if you’re a Belgian national or resident. For more information, check the ‘Travel to and from France' and ‘Travel to and from Belgium’ tabs below.

 

TRAVELLING FROM FRANCE

When leaving France, there are no specific exit requirements requested by the French government.

 

TRAVELLING FROM BELGIUM

When leaving Belgium, you need to fill in a Sworn Statement regardless of your nationality.

 

TRAVELLING FROM THE NETHERLANDS

When leaving the Netherlands, there are no specific exit requirements requested by the Dutch government.



CAN I CHANGE MY TRAVEL PLANS?: If you’re unable to travel and have a booking up to and including 30 September 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 and from France

AM I ALLOWED TO TRAVEL? Visit the French Consulate website for details and the latest information on restrictions in place in France. You will need to carry an official form with you if you’re travelling further than 10km from your place of residence to declare that you have an essential reason for your journey. This also applies during the nightly curfew between 19:00 and 06:00.


ARE THERE RULES WHEN 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.


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? From 18 January, passengers travelling from a non-EU country (including UK) must self-isolate for 7 days. 


ARE THERE LOCKDOWNS OR LOCAL RESTRICTIONS? Yes, please read important information about the latest rules and restrictions


ARE THERE RULES REGARDING MY RETURN TO THE UK? When leaving France, there are no specific exit requirements requested by the French government. However, specific regulations from the UK government apply to people travelling to the UK. For more information, visit our ‘Travel to and from the UK’ section.  


CAN I CHANGE MY TRAVEL PLANS? If you’re unable to travel and have a booking up to and including 30 September 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 and from Belgium

AM I ALLOWED TO TRAVEL? 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. Find out more


ARE THERE RULES WHEN 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.


DO I NEED A COVID-19 TEST?

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 aged six years and above, 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 official coronavirus information website from the Belgian government 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*. Find out more info and book your test here.
     

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

  • 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.
  • 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.


WHAT DOCUMENTS DO I NEED?

When travelling or returning to Belgium: 


WILL I NEED TO 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


ARE THERE LOCKDOWNS OR 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


ARE THERE RULES REGARDING MY RETURN TO THE UK? When leaving Belgium, you need to fill in a Sworn Statement regardless of your nationality. Specific regulations apply to people arriving in the UK from Belgium. For more information, visit our ‘Travel to and from the UK’ section.  


CAN I CHANGE MY TRAVEL PLANS? If you’re unable to travel and have a booking up to and including 30 September 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 and from 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. Find out more


ARE THERE RULES WHEN 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.


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.


ARE THERE LOCKDOWNS OR LOCAL RESTRICTIONS?  Learn more about current measures in place. 


ARE THERE RULES REGARDING MY RETURN TO THE UK? Specific regulations apply to people arriving in the UK from the Netherlands. For more information, visit our ‘Travel to and from the UK’ section. 


CAN I CHANGE MY TRAVEL PLANS? If you’re unable to travel and have a booking up to and including 30 September 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).

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.