Can I go to France fishing and what are the COVID travel restrictions?

Updated COVID travel restrictions for anglers who’ve booked carp fishing holidays in Europe this summer.

Can I go to France fishing and what are the travel restrictions?

Yes you can still go carp fishing in France. From Sunday 8 August – If you arrive in England from 4am Sunday 8 August, and you are fully vaccinated in the UK you will not need to:

  • quarantine on arrival in England
  • take a day 8 Covid-19 test

You must still book and take a day 2 Covid-19 test.

This is providing you have been fully vaccinated under the UK vaccination programme and have not been to a red list country in the 10 days before you arrive in England.

The Test to Release scheme is still active, so for those anglers without a vaccination who choose to travel to France, this scheme could cut your 10 day quarantine time down to 5 days on your return to the UK providing you pay for a private COVID-19 test on day 5 and the result of your day 2 test result was negative or inconclusive.

What countries can I travel to for a carp fishing holiday?

With the change in travel rules, destinations such as Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Poland and Romania are now viable options for fully vaccinated anglers, despite these countries still being on the amber list. Other notable updates in country status include Croatia, who are currently on the amber list but will move to green watchlist at 4am on Monday 19 July. Great news for anyone with a booking on Sumbar lake in Croatia. Spain is currently on the green watchlist but will move to the amber list 4am, Monday 19 July, so again, good news for any fully vaccinated anglers fishing for carp and catfish on the River Ebro in Spain. Thailand, also a popular destination among anglers, is also on the amber list. Since 8th May 2021 South Africa, a well known carp fishing holiday destination, continues to remain on the red list.

Do I have to quarantine if I go fishing in Europe?

If the destination is on the green list and remains on the green list on arrival back to England then you do not need to quarantine. 

Before you travel to England you must:

On arrival to England England you must:

  • You must take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 after you arrive.
  • You do not need to quarantine unless the test result is positive.
  • You must quarantine if NHS Test & Trace informs you that you travelled to England with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Do I have to quarantine if I go to France fishing?

Before you travel to England you must:

On arrival in England you must:

  • quarantine at home or in the place you are staying for 10 days
  • take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8

Changes to international travel rules for amber list countries.

From 4am Monday 19 July you will not need to quarantine on arrival in England or take a day 8 COVID-19 test, as long as you:

  • have been fully vaccinated under the UK vaccination programme
  • have not been in a red list country or France in the 10 days before you arrive in England

Fully vaccinated means that you have had your final dose of an approved vaccine at least 14 days before the date you arrive in England. The day you have your final dose of the vaccine does not count as one of the 14 days.

You will still need to book a day 2 test to take when you arrive in England.

You will need to:

  • declare that you have been fully vaccinated on your passenger locator form
  • show proof of your vaccination status to your carrier (ferry, airline or train) when you travel

Read about how you can use the NHS COVID Pass to show proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status.

Children under the age of 18, who are returning to the UK, and people taking part in formally approved COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials will also be exempt from requirements to quarantine and take the day 8 test.

What you must do if you have been in a country or territory on the red list in the 10 days before you arrive in England.

If you have been in a country or territory on the red list in the last 10 days you will only be allowed to enter the UK if you are a British or Irish National, or you have residence rights in the UK.

Before you travel to England you must:

On arrival in England you must:

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