A reinforcement of the control measures at Covid has been adopted by the French government in the face of an increase in cases of contamination in the United Kingdom. The country is now classified as an orange risk, which means that there is an active circulation of the virus in controlled proportions. Hence the new measures for travellers on the Eurostar between Paris and London. They have been in effect since November 1st.

The Prefecture of Police specifies that:
– For a traveller who has been vaccinated (complete vaccination schedule), there are no restrictions on entering the territory
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– If the traveller has not been vaccinated (or if his vaccination schedule is incomplete), he must produce a compelling reason for entering the territory of Metropolitan France. And present a PCR or antigenic test dated less than 24 hours before departure. They are also likely to be screened on arrival in the country.

In view of the recent resurgence of Covid cases in the United Kingdom, the Prefecture of Police has set up a specific COVID-19 screening system at the Gare du Nord. The system has the support of the Central Directorate of the Border Police (PAF) and the French Federation of Rescue and First Aid (FFSS – approved civil security association).

The French border police check the vaccination status of passengers at London St. Pancras station. On arrival at Gare du Nord, a screening system on the platform will direct unvaccinated travellers (or those who have not been able to show proof of a complete vaccination schedule) to a dedicated screening centre in the station concourse. This will make it necessary to plan longer transit times at the departure of both stations.

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Luc Citrinot