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Anybody traveled / going to travel to France with children above 12 y.o?

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Alphacentaurius · 12/07/2021 15:32

Hello!
Trying to figure out if we can go on holiday to France with our 14 year old child.
In the UK website www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/france/entry-requirements they are saying "Children under the age of 18 years old, who are travelling with fully vaccinated adults, will be exempt from requirements to self-isolate and provide an essential reason for travel, regardless of whether the minor has been vaccinated or not."
But I have not found same thing on French official website uk.ambafrance.org/Covid-19-Conditions-de-deplacement-entre-la-France-et-le-Royaume-Uni-28925

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Alphacentaurius · 12/07/2021 15:37

(Forgot to mention that I and my wife are fully vaccinated)

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Kralia · 12/07/2021 15:43

There's this bit on that link you post which seems to say much the same thing? "Les mesures de motifs impérieux et de quarantaine appliquées aux adultes vaccinés s’étendent dans les mêmes conditions aux mineurs les accompagnant, qu’ils soient vaccinés ou non."

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Kralia · 12/07/2021 15:46

But I have the same dilemma, and would love to hear from people who have actually travelled with teenagers - what official documentation claims is a moot point if border officials have decided on a different interpretation!

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Silkiecats · 12/07/2021 15:48

Currently yes but my French DH says the French are making a new travel announcement tonight so I would wait and see what that says.

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Alphacentaurius · 12/07/2021 16:07

Many thanks @Kralia I overlooked this!
Thanks @SilkiecatsSik, will wait till tonight's announcement...

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chickensandbees · 12/07/2021 16:10

We're in the same situation, one DD under 11 and one over. Holiday moved from last August to this August. Can't decide whether to postpone again and when to make a decision.

Are you happy to go if you have to do the PCR tests and am I right in thinking it is one before you go to France, one before you come back from France which needs to be arranged in France and one after you come home. And is this just for the over 11s or everyone.

Confused!!

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Iknowtheanswer · 12/07/2021 16:13

We've been told by our travel company that they await further guidance to be issued this week. They have extended our cancellation period until they know too.

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Silkiecats · 13/07/2021 07:57

Announcement last night didn't say about any changes to UK entry but sometimes more comes out over the next couple of days.

What it did say was over 12s from start of August will need to be fully vaccinated or have a PCR under 24 hours to enter a bar, restaurant, shopping mall, train, plane and show proof of this each time. Also events over 50 people same from 21 July.

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Jmaho · 13/07/2021 08:02

@chickensandbees

We're in the same situation, one DD under 11 and one over. Holiday moved from last August to this August. Can't decide whether to postpone again and when to make a decision.

Are you happy to go if you have to do the PCR tests and am I right in thinking it is one before you go to France, one before you come back from France which needs to be arranged in France and one after you come home. And is this just for the over 11s or everyone.

Confused!!

We are confused too. From what I can gather for Amber countries after the 19th July adults (even if fully vaccinated) and any children 11 and above will take to take a pre departure test within 72 hours of returning to the UK so whilst you are on holiday. This can be antigen or PCR. Then everyone (aside from children 4 and below) will have to take a day 2 PCR when back in the UK.
We are booked to go to Spain but driving via France and doing an overnight in France on way there and back. Been booked since end of 2019 and I don't know what to do. My husbands concern is that one of us tests positive when we do the pre departure test in Spain and we're stuck there
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chickensandbees · 13/07/2021 08:28

Being stuck there is my concern too. We can't afford to be stuck in France for an extra week / 10days.

I'm beginning to think cancelling/postponing is going to be the safest option.

So sad though, I think we'd be safer camping in France than have the summer in the UK at the moment.

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Alphacentaurius · 13/07/2021 13:15

Here: www.gov.uk/government/news/quarantine-free-travel-to-resume-on-19-july-for-fully-vaccinated-passengers-returning-from-amber-list-countries#:~:text=The%20government%20has%20today%20(8,England%2C%20from%20Monday%2019%20July.

It says: "The government has today (8 July 2021) set out the details to enable people who have been fully vaccinated with an NHS administered vaccine, plus 14 days, to travel to amber list countries without having to quarantine on their return to England, from Monday 19 July. The recommendation for people not to travel to amber list countries will also be removed from 19 July."

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Alphacentaurius · 13/07/2021 13:18

@Silkiecats

Announcement last night didn't say about any changes to UK entry but sometimes more comes out over the next couple of days.

What it did say was over 12s from start of August will need to be fully vaccinated or have a PCR under 24 hours to enter a bar, restaurant, shopping mall, train, plane and show proof of this each time. Also events over 50 people same from 21 July.

Which means we can travel with a 14 years old child before 1st August (i.e. come back before that). Still manageable...
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