The multiple drawer regulations put in place over the last few months would have almost made you forget about the Brexit. Yet the process continues, with developments that directly affect French travellers. As of October 1st, the identity card will no longer be sufficient for French business travellers to the UK, even if we can assume that the vast majority of them have a passport… It should be noted that French residents in the UK with “settled status” or “pre-settled status” will be able to use their identity card until 2025.

At the same time, the context…

The multiple drawer regulations put in place over the last few months would have almost made you forget about the Brexit. Yet the process continues, with developments that directly affect French travellers. As of October 1st, the identity card will no longer be sufficient for French business travellers to the UK, even if we can assume that the vast majority of them have a passport… It should be noted that French residents in the UK with “settled status” or “pre-settled status” will be able to use their identity card until 2025.

At the same time, the health context is becoming more flexible in the UK, as recently announced by the Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps. On Monday 4 October at 4 a.m., the conditions are changing, notably with the end of the “traffic light” system which until now determined the risk level country by country. A red list is nevertheless maintained for the most affected destinations, but is reduced with the withdrawal of several countries including Turkey, Egypt and the Maldives.

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Among the concrete consequences of the new system unveiled at the end of September for French professionals travelling to England: the end of the prior PCR test (PDT) required until now, provided of course that they are vaccinated. The test carried out on site on the second day of presence will remain compulsory, but it will be changed at the end of October for more flexibility and reduced costs for travellers

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enable more people to travel, see their loved ones or do business around the world

Grant Shapps promises ” a simpler, more straightforward system (…) with fewer tests and lower costs, allowing more people to travel, see their loved ones or do business around the world, while giving a boost to the travel industry. It remains to be seen what will happen in the rest of the United Kingdom, as these measures currently apply only to the English territory… ” The UK Government’s decision (…) has not been adopted at this stage in Scotland due to significant concerns about the impact on public health,” the government said.

Scottish. ” Testing of international travellers before and after travel is an important part of our border health surveillance to minimise the risk of importing variants of concern. The Scottish Government wishes to maintain a four-nation approach to international travel restrictions, but will need to carefully consider the risks associated with aligning with the UK Government,” it said.