Brexit: regulations for British travellers

A trade and cooperation agreement was reached between the European Union and the United Kingdom on 30 December 2020. This agreement determines the regulations that apply starting 1 January 2021 in different domains, including travel.


EU rules on free movement no longer apply for travel to and from the United Kingdom. All border checks have been restored.


More specifically, as of 1 January 2021, travellers from the United Kingdom can no longer use the facilities available to EU nationals when crossing the border. Travellers from the UK (and the goods they transport) will now be subject to immigration control, customs, and health and phytosanitary checks.


What are the regulations for British nationals travelling to France starting 1 January 2021?

British nationals are now subject to more thorough checks. Travellers from the UK are advised to carry a passport to disembark in Manche.

British nationals who do not have resident status in an EU member state and who wish to travel to France for a short stay (or who are in transit to another member state or from the Schengen area) do not need a visa.

They will have to:

- show their passport (the maximum length of a short stay cannot exceed 90 days in any 180-day period)

- be able to prove that they have sufficient funds for their stay.

Except for exceptions, the minimum amount of resources required for travel in France is €65 per day. If a hotel booking cannot be shown as proof of accommodation, the minimum amount of resources to stay in France is €120 per day. In the case of a hotel booking for a part of the stay, the daily amount required is €65 for the period covered by the booking and €120 for the rest of the stay. For travellers with proof of private accommodation, the amount is €32.50 per day.

- have proof of insurance covering expenses related to medical treatment, hospital stays, death, and medical repatriation costs, valid for the entire stay in France.


What customs checks are travellers from the UK subject to starting 1 January 2021?

Customs officers will now check compliance with the duty-free allowances of purchases made in the UK by travellers. The allowances are specified on the website of the Directorate General of Customs and Excise.

Purchases made in France may be eligible for a VAT refund, subject to certain conditions.


What health and sanitary regulations apply to travellers from the UK starting 1 January 2021?

Certain plants and plant products which may be vectors of pests are subject to health and sanitation checks when entering the European Union from the United Kingdom.

Travellers from the UK importing animal products are also subject to restrictions.

A detailed list of products can be found here.


Find all the information related to Brexit on the government website



Travel information during the COVID-19 pandemic

France has taken specific measures regarding travel from the United Kingdom.

Only travellers who meet the criteria of the categories listed on the travel certificate are allowed to enter mainland France.


All travellers age 11 and over must present the following to both the transportation company and border control:

- the results of an RT-PCR COVID test taken less than 72 hours before departure (departure of the first flight in the case of connecting travel) that shows no evidence of COVID-19 infection.

- a sworn statement certifying that:

- you show no symptoms of COVID-19 infection,

- to your knowledge, you have not been in contact with anyone confirmed to have COVID-19 in the fourteen days prior to travel,

- you understand that an RT-PCR COVID test may be required upon arrival in France,

- you agree to voluntarily self-isolate for 7 days after arrival in France and to take a second PCR test at the end of this period.


Upon arrival in Manche, it is recommended to download the TousAntiCovid smartphone application, to continue to apply preventative measures and physical distancing, to wear a mask, and to be vigilant and responsible in case of symptoms or infection.


Download your travel certificate from the website of the French Ministry of the Interior



Safety measures put in place during COVID-19

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, transport companies continue to ensure connections between the United Kingdom and the Manche department. Numerous measures have been put in place to ensure the safety of passengers and staff by the companies of Cherbourg's harbour station, including providing alcohol-based hand sanitizer, mask requirements, self-service restaurants or in-cabin meal-service, cabin disinfection, ventilation, etc.


Ferry services between England and the Manche department are provided by Brittany Ferries.

During the pandemic, the company maintains a minimum and regular transportation schedule. New procedures allow passengers to practice physical distancing and preventative measures, from boarding all the way to your arrival in Manche. > See all the measures taken by Brittany Ferries


Between Ireland and Manche, sea travel is provided by Irish Ferries and Stena Line.

Irish Ferries has put in place procedures to ensure the safety of everyone > See the changes implemented by the company

Stena Line has implemented new measures in addition to the existing safety standards > All the measures taken by Sten