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New travel restriction rules from the UK to France


As announced by the Prime Minister’s office, the following rules will apply to travel between the United Kingdom and France from 14 January 2022:

  • Upon departure, all travellers, whether vaccinated or not, must present proof of a negative PCR or antigen test taken within 24 hours.
  • For vaccinated travellers, a compelling reason for travel will no longer be required to enter France, nor will it be necessary to self-isolate upon arrival. Vaccinated travellers will therefore no longer be required to complete the online “éOS-Passager” form. Screening may take place upon arrival.
  • For non-vaccinated travellers, travel to or from the United Kingdom will only be permitted if proof of a compelling reason for travel to "red list countries" is presented.
  • Prior to departure, non-vaccinated travellers arriving from the United Kingdom are still required to complete the online “éOS-Passager Form” on which they must include the address where they will be staying in France. Upon arrival in France, they will be strictly required to quarantine at that address for 10 days; this quarantine will be enforced by the police.


Any person aged 12 and over entering French territory must present a negative PCR or antigen test less than 24 or 48 hours old, depending on the country of origin.

For unvaccinated minors under 12 years, the vaccine status of their parents or accompanying guardians shall apply.


Fully vaccinated Individuals arriving from a Member State of the European Union, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, the Holy See or Switzerland.

For more information, please check on the UK government website or French government website.

ATTENTION: New changes on visa applications

Visa centres can accept all visa applications, regardless of vaccination status of applicants.

It is not the responsibility of Visa application centres or the French Consulate to check if visa applicants are vaccinated. Information on the conditions for travel to France are displayed on official websites.

It is up to the Border Police to authorise or not the entry on the French territory after control of the travellers' vaccination status.

New list of supporting documents for visa applicants in the UK from 6 September 2021


The European Commission has formally adopted the revised harmonised list of supporting documents to be submitted by visa applicants in the United Kingdom on 6 September 2021. The decision is legally binding and of immediate application.

Please find the revised list of supporting documents here.

Important notice for Long-stay students – Campus France Process required from 1 June 2020


How to get your visa if you’ve been accepted in a higher education program in France for the year 2021-2022?

Campus France UK which is a part of the Higher Education, Science and Innovation service will launch the new platform “Etudes en France” on 28 May 2021.


Registering on the “Etudes en France” platform is mandatory before applying for a long-stay student visa.

You need to register up to 3 months and at least fifteen days before your program begins in France.

Public concerned:

You have to register on this platform if you have been accepted in the following types of programs:

  • A first-year university program through the Parcoursup French platform;
  • A Licence 2 or a Licence 3, a first or second year of a master’s degree through your French higher education institution’s own recruitment procedure;
  • A dual-degree or an Erasmus program lasting more than 90 days;
  • A PhD as a full-time non-working student; 
  • French as a Foreign Language student for more than 90 days.

More information:

You will find all the information in this step-by-step document to get your student visa. Download the guide

To get the information as soon as it is updated follow our social media and our partners’:

Campus France UK: Twitter and Facebook

Higher Education Research and Innovation service of the French Embassy : Twitter

French Consulate: Twitter.

Updated requirements on Health Insurance for Long-stay Visitor visa


Health insurance for Long-stay Visitor visa (more than 90 days):

1. Temporary Long Stay Visitor visa “VLS-T” (duration of stay 90-180 days/year)

  • UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) or valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) are now accepted. Please provide a copy of your GHIC or valid EHIC.
  • If you don’t hold a UK-GHIC or valid EHIC, you will need to provide a private health insurance, which must cover full requested long stay visa, up to 6 months (VLS-T).

2. Long Stay Visitor visa “VLS-TS” (duration of stay over 180 days/year)

  • Please provide a private health insurance which must cover the full requested long stay visa, up to 1 year.

In case of retirement in France (applies for Retirees receiving a British retirement pension) :

  • Following new instructions on the issuance of Long Stay Visitor Visas, valid S1 Form is now accepted as evidence of medical coverage. Please provide a copy of your S1 Form.
  • If you don’t hold a S1 Form, you will need to provide a private Health insurance, which must cover full requested long stay visa, up to 1 year.

Insurance NOT accepted : Schengen travel Insurance


Attention: French consular authority reserves the right to ask for any information or documents needed for processing a visa application. If this happens, the consular authority will send an email instruction directly to visa applicant.

Difference between a Travel insurance and a Health insurance:

The Schengen travel insurance covers treatment in the event of an emergency, whilst the requested private health insurance also provides cover for routine treatment and ongoing treatment for pre-exiting conditions.

Update on travel restrictions to France


Update from the Consulate General of France in London

The travel restrictions from the UK to France have now been lifted by France and there are no longer restrictions on visa applications being processed except for a short trip up to 7 days in France. However, sanitary restrictions are still in place and it is advised to respect the international travel rules of both countries.

All those travelling to France must be able to present a negative PCR test of less than 72 hours and undertake an honour to be symptom-free. Self-Isolation for 7 days is required upon arrival into France, followed by a new PCR test at the end of this period.

The usual rules governing the right of residence remain, valid visas or residence permits are required.

International travel rules of the UK

Whilst the ‘stay at home’ restrictions are in place in the UK, you are only allowed to travel abroad if you have a legally permitted reason and you must respect the quarantine rules upon arrival and on return to your destination. Further guidance on the travel restrictions to and from the UK can be found on the UK government website:

Stay up to date with current rules and travel restrictions both in the UK and France:

Visa-related provisions after Brexit transition period from 1st January 2021


As of the 1st of January 2021, which marks the end of the transition period, European right will no longer apply within the UK. For more information, please click here.

Notice : EU family member / Spouse of a French national


Are you travelling to France with your EU family member (excluding France)?

Please ensure you choose the correct category on France-Visas website to obtain the appropriate list of documents.

If you are a family member of an EU citizen, and that you are travelling together to France or you are meeting him/ her in France, answer YES to the question ‘Do you join or travel with a family member from an EU country (excluding France), the EEA or the Swiss Confederation?’, then indicate that your plans are for a ‘family/ private visit’ and the purpose of your stay is ‘Private visit/ family of EU/ EEA/ Swiss national’.

You are the spouse of a French national

Please ensure you choose the correct category on France-Visas website to obtain the appropriate list of documents.

You will need to answer yes to the question ‘Are you a French spouse?’, that your plans are for a ‘Family/ Private visit’ and that the main purpose of your stay is ‘Private visit/ spouse of French national’.

To obtain a recent copy of your French marriage certificate (as required, less than 6 months old), please visit the official website of French administration .

Increased visa fees for short-stay Schengen visa starting from 2 February 2020


Increased visa fees for short stay visa following the revision of the Schengen Visa Code, implemented for all Schengen States. Please note that as of February 2, 2020 the Schengen visa fee per visa application will increase from 60 to 80 euros (equivalent amount in local currency).

For children between 6-12 years old the visa fee will increase to 40 euros (or equivalent). No change for other categories (Long Stay national visas, French overseas territories, EU agreement).

Visa for children under 6 years old, family members of EU nationals, spouse of French nationals remain free of charge.