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Your step-by-step guide to travel

Follow the three steps below to find out the current requirement details for travelling overseas, returning to the UK and the journey itself. If you’re unsure about anything, please take a look at our COVID-19 FAQs.

Want to make your holiday extra easy? Don’t forget to download our app for all your holiday info on the go, in one handy place. Plus, you can go contact-free while travelling, with online check-in, mobile boarding passes and a place to upload and view all your travel documents.

Please make sure you check this page regularly all the way up to before you’re due to depart as requirements can change.

If you don’t complete the required steps outlined below, you may be refused travel.

1. Read at a glance information

Please note, travel requirements are in line with the destination's government guidance, as well as FCDO advice, correct at 16 January 2021, 16.30.


Destination entry requirements

All UK

Fill out required documentation before you travel

Required

Provide proof of full vaccination

Required

Provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result

Required

Have an essential reason for travel, fill out required documentation before you travel and self-isolate for ten days

Required if you’re not fully vaccinated

Wear a surgical medical mask or level 2 filtering facepiece throughout journeys to and from France

Required

Amendment and cancellation options

Dependent on age and vaccination status

UK entry requirements

Provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result before return flight to UK

Required

Pre-book a day two COVID-19 test

Required

Fill out UK passenger locator form

Required

Self-isolate on arrival in the UK

Required

Holiday requirements

Check your passport's validity

Required

Read our Face Mask Policy

Required

Take out travel insurance

Required

Download our app

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2. Find out more details

Destination entry requirements

Fill out required documentation before you travel

You’ll need to complete the following before arriving in France:


If you don’t complete these, you won’t be able to board.


There may be further requirements to complete while in France. Read more government information.

Provide proof of full vaccination

If you’re fully vaccinated at least seven days before your arrival, you must show proof of full vaccination to enter France.


An NHS COVID Pass shows your COVID-19 vaccination details and will be accepted – find out how you can get this. Please note, your business card-sized paper COVID-19 vaccination record card isn’t an acceptable form of vaccine status proof and can’t be used to enter. To be “fully vaccinated” you must’ve had a complete course, usually two doses, of an approved vaccine at least seven days before you’re due to arrive in France.


IMPORTANT: Regardless of your age, if you’ve only received a single (first) dose of the Astra Zeneca, Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, you’re NOT considered fully vaccinated.


Find out how you can get this.


Read more government information.


This excludes children aged 11 or under. If travelling with a fully vaccinated adult, this also excludes children aged 12 – 17.


If you don’t complete this, you won’t be able to board your flight.

Provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result

You must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or rapid antigen test result, taken in the 24 hours before you depart to France.


This excludes children aged 11 or under.


Read more government information or find out how to get a test.


If you don’t complete this, you won’t be able to board your flight.

Have an essential reason for travel, fill out required documentation before you travel and self-isolate for ten days

If you’re not fully vaccinated, you must also:

 

Wear a surgical medical mask or level 2 filtering facepiece throughout journeys to and from France

You’ll need to wear a surgical medical mask or filtering facepiece of level 2 or higher throughout your whole journeys to and from France.

Amendment and cancellation options

You can amend your booking admin-fee-free* or cancel and get a full refund if:


  • You’re travelling on or before 24 January 2022 and don’t have an essential reason to travel to France

To do this, get in touch with us.


If you’d like to amend or cancel your booking but the criteria above doesn’t apply to you, our normal cancellation terms and conditions apply.


*If when amending your booking the total cost increases, you’ll need to pay the difference. 

UK entry requirements

Provide proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result before flight to UK

If you’re aged 18 years or over, you’ll have to show either:

  • Proof of full vaccination: If you’re fully vaccinated at least 14 days before your arrival into the UK you’ll need to show proof of this. To be “fully vaccinated” you must’ve had your second dose of an approved vaccine under the UK, EU or US vaccination programme at least 14 days before you’re due to arrive in England. Find out how to get proof of your vaccine status. An NHS COVID Pass shows your COVID-19 vaccination details and will be accepted.
  • Proof of a negative COVID-19 test result: If you haven’t been fully vaccinated, you must take a COVID-19 test at some point in the two days before flying to the UK and provide proof of a negative result before boarding. This can be a PCR, LAMP or rapid antigen test (RAT), also known as lateral flow, but it can’t be one of the free NHS tests. For example, if you travel directly to England on Friday, you must take the test on the Wednesday, Thursday or before your flight on Friday – but we wouldn’t recommend leaving it this late.

Find out more about how to get a test.

Pre-book a day two test

You and all your party, except children aged four or under (ten or under if returning to Scotland), will have to take a COVID-19 PCR test on or before day two of your arrival into the UK.


If you’re fully vaccinated, this can be a rapid antigen test (RAT), also known as lateral flow, or a PCR test. And you don’t have to self-isolate while waiting for the result.


You'll also need to book a day eight test if you’re aged 18 or over and haven’t been fully vaccinated*, as well as self-isolate for ten days.


*To be “fully vaccinated” you must’ve had your second dose of an approved vaccine under the UK, EU or US vaccination programme at least 14 days before you’re due to arrive in the UK.


Please note, you’ll need to book the test(s) before you return to the UK to be able to complete your UK passenger locator form.


When booking any of the tests required by the UK Government, you must check that the testing supplier is fully approved by the devolved nation you’re arriving into i.e. Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, in line with the current guidance. For more information please visit:

Find out more about how to get a test.

Fill out UK passenger locator form

Everyone aged 18 years and over (16 and over if returning to Scotland) must complete a passenger locator form online here any time within the 48 hours before arriving in the UK. Please note, you’ll need to book your day two test (plus a day eight test if you’re 18 or over and not fully vaccinated) before you return to the UK to be able to complete your UK passenger locator form.


Just so you know, we can’t give you a valid boarding pass for your flight to the UK until we’ve seen evidence of your completed UK passenger locator form. Therefore, you must complete it before going to airport check-in.


So here’s what you need to do before your flight to the UK:

  1. Check in online
  2. Complete the UK passenger locator form in the 48 hours before you arrive in the UK
  3. Log in to Manage My Booking and enter your UK passenger locator form reference number
  4. Download or print your valid boarding pass

The UK passenger locator form (PLF) is an official form which is free to complete and submit. Some companies may offer to charge you a fee for filling this (or similar forms) out on your behalf. Just so you know, they’re not affiliated with us in any way and you should be careful when giving out your personal details. You can fill out the form yourself and watch our helpful video here – or go straight to the UK Government website here.


Read more tips on how to complete this

Self-isolate on arrival in the UK

  • If you’re fully vaccinated: You don’t need to self-isolate while you wait for the results of your day two test
  • If you’re not fully vaccinated: You’ll need to self-isolate for ten days, either at home or the place you’re staying. You may be able to end self-isolation early if you pay for a COVID-19 test through the Test to Release scheme. This excludes children aged 17 or under.

Holiday requirements

Check your passport's validity

As the UK is no longer part of the European Union, most EU countries now require UK passports to be less than ten years old and still be valid for at least three months at the time you're due to leave their country. Just so you know, if you renewed your passport before your previous passport expired, any extra months that may have been added to your new passport’s expiry date, making it valid for more than a ten year period, may not count.


For example, a passport with an issue date of 1 January 2012 and an expiry date of 31 October 2022 isn’t valid for beyond 1 January 2022, ten years from its original issue. Check the date of issue on your passport to work out whether it meets this criteria and make sure your passport is valid for travel here.


Watch our video to find out more about passport validity. For non-EU destinations like Turkey and Montenegro, take a look at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office’s advice for your destination.

Read our Face Mask Policy

In line with European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) guidelines, face masks must be worn at the airport and onboard our flights. Have a look at our Face Mask Policy here before you travel - if you're unable to wear a mask, you must let us know in advance to be able to travel.

Take out travel insurance

When you book a holiday with us, it's part of your terms and conditions that you take out adequate travel insurance. This should cover from the date of booking, in case you have to cancel your plans, until you get home, for any emergencies while you're away.


We recommend the policy you choose includes cover for any pre-existing medical conditions as the UK is no longer part of the EU. Your EHIC will still be valid until it expires but if you apply for an EHIC now you'll get a GHIC, a new UK equivalent, instead.


If you'd like to add our Defaqto 5* travel insurance you your booking, which includes COVID-19 and FCDO cover, log into Manage My Booking and purchase a policy.

Download our app

Want to make your holiday extra easy? Don’t forget to download our app for all your holiday info on the go, in one handy place. Plus, you can go contact-free while travelling, with online check-in, mobile boarding passes and a place to upload and view all your travel documents.

3. Read our COVID-19 FAQs

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