France holidays: FCO travel update as France toughens up on anti-coronavirus measures

France holidays now come with a number of key rules that tourists must remember to follow. This week the country introduced much stricter measures concerning face masks. The FCO has now updated its travel advice for France.


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“France’s Health Minister has announced that wearing masks in enclosed public spaces are compulsory from Monday 20 July for those aged 11 and over,” explained the FCO.

“For more information on the public spaces this applies to, see the government website.”

Public spaces include:

Public conference and meeting rooms

Cinemas, theatre and enclosed entertainment venues

Restaurants and bars (including those at altitude)

Hotels and shared holiday properties (including those at altitude)

Mountain huts/cabins

Education and training establishments

Games rooms, leisure centres and holiday parks

Libraries and archives

Places of worship

Indoor sporting venues such as gyms (except for while participating in sporting activity), and some other open-air venues)


Marquees and tents

Public boats (including moored quayside bars/venues)

Train and bus stations

Shops and shopping centres

Administrative buildings and banks

Covered markets

The FCO continued: “Since May 11, wearing masks on public transport has been compulsory for all users aged 11 and over, with fines for those who are not compliant.

“Masks are also compulsory in taxis and private hire vehicles without a plexiglass screen.”

The new government update also looked at France entry requirements.

Holidaymakers arriving in France from the UK are no longer required to self-isolate.

However, they will have to if they show symptoms.

“Travellers from any country showing signs of a COVID-19 infection upon arrival in mainland France will have to carry out a mandatory 14-day quarantine at home or in a dedicated location indicated by the French authorities if home quarantine is not feasible,” said the FCO.


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Regular flights between metropolitan France and its overseas territories are also now back in action after resuming in late June.

Travellers need to provide a negative RT-PCR test taken in the 72 hours preceding arrival for entry into all French overseas territories.

Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay in France; you don’t need any additional period of validity on your passport beyond this.

Many British travellers are facing huge delays in getting their new passport back so it’s key you check your passport’s status before booking travel.

According to new figures, a backlog of more than 400,000 passport applications has accumulated due to disruption caused by the coronavirus crisis.

Some Britons have even been forced to cancel their holidays after their passport took too long to be returned to them.

Home Office minister Baroness Williams has said the huge delays are the result of reduced staffing at HM Passport Office due to social distancing measures in place.

The limited staff could see Britons waiting longer than the usual three weeks for their passport.

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