COVID-19 Travel Requirements

Both the UK and French governments have introduced additional entry requirements and restrictions due to COVID-19. Please remember, it is your responsibility to ensure you check and comply with the latest health and travel regulations. Anyone not meeting travel regulations or failing to produce the required documentation for their journey will not be permitted to travel.

We are open and our service is running

However, due to the need for all passengers to comply with the COVID-19 travel requirements specified by the UK and FR governments, all Le Shuttle bookings from Folkestone to Calais must be made at least 24 hours in advance. It is no longer possible to purchase a ticket at check-in if you are departing from Folkestone.

Last updated: 05/12/2021


Travel from the UK to France

We do our best to interpret and update this page as soon as advice from the French government changes. For the very latest advice on entering France, we recommend checking diplomatie.gouv.fr, interieur.gouv.fr and uk.ambafrance.org before travel.

Vaccinated Travellers

1. Sworn statement of honour
Fully vaccinated passengers are only required to complete a "Statement of honour"

These must be completed for each passenger, and presented digitally or printed to border control authorities.


2. Negative COVID tests
From Saturday the 4th of December fully vaccinated passengers over 12 years of age require a negative result from a non-NHS PCR test or a non-NHS Antigen (lateral flow) test taken no more than 48 hours before travel (find a private test provider). Passengers may be required to submit to a virological screening test or biological examination by the French authorities upon arrival.

At French border controls you will need to present digital or paper evidence of the negative result from the private test provider.


You will not be required to quarantine upon arrival in France. Unvaccinated minors travelling with fully vaccinated adults will not be required to quarantine.


Important: Prior to travel, you can upload the required documents above to your booking by logging into your account/booking and completing your Health Declarations. Failure to do so will result in manual checks being required which could delay your departure.

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Help completing your Health Declarations | Help logging in | Travel agent booking log-in

Unvaccinated Travellers

1. French health declarations
The UK is classified by France as an Amber List Country. Unvaccinated passengers can only travel to France if you have pressing grounds for travel. The list of pressing grounds is set out in the "Travel Certificate to Metropolitan France" drawn up by the Ministry of the Interior.

To enter France you are required to supply 2 documents

These must be completed for each passenger, and presented digitally or printed to border control authorities.

For more information regarding travel to France from an Amber List Country please visit: Coronavirus - Advice for Foreign Nationals in France - Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs (diplomatie.gouv.fr)


2. Negative COVID tests
From Saturday the 4th of December
unvaccinated passengers over 12 years of age require a negative result from a non-NHS PCR test or a non-NHS Antigen (lateral flow) test taken no more than 24 hours before travel (find a private test provider). Passengers may be required to submit to a virological screening test or biological examination by the French authorities upon arrival.

At French border controls you will need to present digital or paper evidence of the negative result from the private test provider.


3. Quarantine
Unvaccinated passengers over 12 years old must quarantine for 7 days upon arrival in France (unless transiting through France in under 24hrs). Unvaccinated minors travelling with fully vaccinated adults will not be required to quarantine.


Important: Prior to travel, you can upload the required documents/results above to your booking by logging into your account/booking and completing your Health Declarations. Failure to do so will result in manual checks being required which could delay your departure.

Log in and upload documents now

Help completing your Health Declarations | Help logging in | Travel agent booking log-in


Travel from France to the UK

We do our best to interpret and update this page as soon as advice from the UK government changes. For the very latest advice on entering the UK, we recommend checking gov.uk before travel.

Fully Vaccinated Travellers

1. Proof of vaccination status
Fully vaccinated passengers over 18 years old must provide proof of their vaccination status. Vaccine Certificates can be produced by the NHS App, NHS Website or TousAntiCovid App. To provide vaccine status using other documents, please see more information and requirements.

Vaccine certificates from the UK and EU countries are all valid, as well as the countries on this list.


2. A "Day 2" COVID test
Fully vaccinated passengers must also purchase/book a travel testing package prior to travel (check rules for children and young people). After arrival, you must take a non-NHS PCR coronavirus (COVID-19) test on or before the second day. The "test pack" must be booked for each passenger (children aged 4 and under do not need to take these tests) before you begin your trip and its reference number must be specified on your passenger locator form before travelling. Details can be found here.


3. Passenger Locator Form
All passengers
 aged 18 or over must complete an individual passenger locator form no more than 48hrs before arrival at the terminal in France (details of children under 18 must be included on the form completed by the adult accompanying them). Each passenger locator form must specify the unique reference number of the booked pre-travel testing package. This form must be presented in digital or paper format to the border authorities. Help completing the Passenger Locator Form.


Each passenger must bring ALL the above documents and supporting evidence with them, ready to present to the authorities.

Important: Prior to travel, you can upload the required documents/results above to your booking, by logging into your account/booking and completing your Health Declarations. Failure to do so will result in manual checks being required which could delay your departure.

Log in and upload documents now

Help completing your Health Declarations | Help logging in | Travel agent booking log-in


Quarantine

  • All passengers regardless of vaccination status (unless exempt) must now quarantine until you receive your pre-booked test result, or at least 14 days.


Failure to comply with the above measures or to provide false or deliberately misleading information is a criminal offence and is punishable by a fine and/or travel ban and/or imprisonment. Please visit www.gov.uk/uk-border-control for detailed public health advice and requirements for entering the UK.

Unvaccinated Travellers

1. A negative COVID test
All passengers
 aged 18 or over travelling on our passenger service require a negative result from a non-NHS PCR or a non-NHS Antigen (lateral flow). You must take the test in the 3 days before your booked departure.

At UK border controls you will need to present an email or text message certificate in English, French or Spanish issued by the testing facility (more information) - failure to do so will result in a £500 fine.

There is no COVID-19 testing facility at the Eurotunnel site. It's your responsibility to ensure the test meets the minimum standards for sensitivity, specificity and viral load details.


2. A 2 & 8 day COVID test package
Unvaccinated passengers must also purchase/book a travel testing package prior to travel (check rules for children and young people). You must take a non-NHS PCR coronavirus (COVID-19) test on second and eighth day of quarantine. The "test pack" must be booked for each passenger (children aged 4 and under do not need to take these tests) before you begin your trip and its reference number must be specified on your passenger locator form before travelling. Details can be found here.


3. Passenger Locator Form
All passengers
 aged 18 or over must complete an individual passenger locator form no more than 48hrs before arrival at the terminal in France (details of children under 18 must be included on the form completed by the adult accompanying them). Each passenger locator form must specify the unique reference number of the booked pre-travel testing package. This form must be presented in digital or paper format to the border authorities. Help completing the Passenger Locator Form.


Each passenger must bring ALL the above documents and supporting evidence with them, ready to present to the authorities.

Important: Prior to travel, you can upload the required documents/results above to your booking, by logging into your account/booking and completing your Health Declarations. Failure to do so will result in manual checks being required which could delay your departure.

Log in and upload documents now

Help completing your Health Declarations | Help logging in | Travel agent booking log-in


Quarantine

  • All passengers regardless of vaccination status (unless exempt) must now quarantine until you receive your pre-booked test result, or at least 14 days. You may opt into Test to Release.

Failure to comply with the above measures or to provide false or deliberately misleading information is a criminal offence and is punishable by a fine and/or travel ban and/or imprisonment. Please visit www.gov.uk/uk-border-control for detailed public health advice and requirements for entering the UK.

Terminal Buildings and Shuttles

Our terminals are open during the day, but many facilities are unavailable due to Government guidelines. Toilets and vending machines are also available in the boarding lanes at both our Folkestone and Calais terminals. Please be aware that customers must remain in their vehicles on the shuttle so toilets on board are closed.


Eurotunnel travel insurance

Our Covid-19 Travel insurance and Combined products now include cover for cancellation prior to travel. However, it is IMPORTANT to note that there is no travel insurance cover (including for curtailment, quarantine and medical expenses) whilst overseas, if the FCDO advises against all but essential travel in the country you are travelling to. European Motor Breakdown cover is not affected by any travel restrictions. Please click here for Frequently asked Questions.

How we are keeping you safe

We are committed to keeping you safe. COVID-19 protection measures are adhered to in and around both terminals. Proud to be certified by:

FAQs relating to Coronavirus/COVID-19

Information & advice

Download & install the NHS COVID-19 app
We encourage customers to download and install the NHS COVID-19 app to help fight the spread of the virus and save lives. Don't forget to "check-in" to our terminal buildings using the QR codes located on our entrances, if you enter the terminal. 

The latest advice from the FCO on travel for UK Citizens can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus

Advice from the French Government can be found here: ​gouvernement.​fr/info-coronavirus

If you are based in another country, please look at the advice your government is currently providing.

Our usual, flexible conditions apply. Most ticket types have a full year from date of original purchase to be used, as long as amended before the day of your booked travel and there are no admin fees for changing dates. Our Flexiplus tickets are fully refundable.Travel to be completed within 1 calendar year of the date of original purchase.

Pre-travel testing FAQs

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The Visit England “We’re Good To Go” Industry Standard

This UK-wide industry standard and supporting mark demonstrates that Eurotunnel fully adheres to the respective government and public health guidance, has carried out a COVID-19 risk assessment and checked all required processes have been implemented.

AFNOR (Association Française de Normalisation) Certification

AFNOR has awarded Eurotunnel with the highest score of 100% for COVID-19 compliant practices. The certification, which was given following a two-day audit, recognises the efficacy of all the measures we’ve put in place to ensure the safety and protection of customers and staff.

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