France is the perfect place to go on holiday – so close to the UK and yet so beautifully different with its charming, historic villages, stunning landscapes and superb food and drink. Anyone who has a mobile home or a caravan in any one of the very different French regions will know what a pleasure it is to go there again and again.
Changes Since Covid-19 and Brexit
Since Covid-19 and Brexit here’s what you’ll need to know for holiday travel. If you have a caravan or a mobile home in France, or even just like to holiday there, you will need to know a few new rules. These rules will apply to those travelling with a full British passport. If you have another type of passport, then you will need to check what travel regulations apply to you.
To start with, the good news is that Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted as of August 2022. You won’t need to provide proof of Covid-19 vaccination, or a negative covid-19 test when you arrive in France.
You can go to countries in the Schengen area for up to 3 months – or 90 days to be exact – within a 180-day period of time without needing a visa. If you make frequent short trips to your caravan or mobile home, then you may not need to think about visas at all.
If you are spending more than half of a 180-day period in France, then you may need to make additional arrangements. These rules apply for general travel, visiting friends, attending events or just travelling for pleasure. You may need to check your entire visit fits within the 90-day limit, as travel to other Schengen countries within the 180 days previous may be counted as part of your 90-day limit.
If you need to be across the channel for extended periods of time, say for study, work or business reasons, then this will fall under another criterion.
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Entering or Leaving the Schengen area
When you enter or leave the Schengen area, your passport will need to be stamped Border officials may need to see these stamps for proof of when you entered or left the country. If you don’t have stamps in your passport, then you may be able to offer other forms of proof of entry dates such as boarding passes for flights or tickets and receipts.
When you arrive at the French border, you may be asked to supply documentation. If you are visiting your caravan or mobile home, then papers relating to these may be useful. Utility bills or receipts for mobile home or caravan services may also be handy to demonstrate that this is where you will be staying.
It’s always a good idea to get travel insurance when visiting France or other EU countries, this can be fairly cheap and should cover you for the entire period of travel.
Travelling with animals
If you are travelling with a cat, dog or ferret, you’ll now need to obtain an EU Pet Passport, the requirements for this are fairly simple and only require the pet to be microchipped, vaccinated for rabies and have a health certificate. This is all just to ensure that your pet it fit and healthy to travel.
The Foreign Office provides in-depth guides for travellers who have needs outside those of holiday or pleasure visits.
For the most up-to-date information and rules visit the government website https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/france/entry-requirements