COVID-19 Guidance

Latest information 14th August 2020

The UK government will remove France from the travel corridor list at 0400H Saturday 15th August.

If you arrive in England from France after 4am on the 15th you will have to self issolate for 14 days.

Below is a link to the UK government website with details.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-travel-corridors#updates-to-the-travel-corridor-list

The UK government website states you need to complete the below form on re-entry to the UK

https://www.gov.uk/provide-journey-contact-details-before-travel-uk?fbclid=IwAR0gtOTV1nLli0r-1Kk-wIVuY0HTDlu3R6lanitt0LbQ98QmoV2oJIXQZvo

France are expected to reciprocate the decision, meaning 14 day quarantine will be imposed on UK residence arriving in France, but this is as yet confirmed.

Latest information 16th July 2020

The French Government has decided to make the wearing of face masks in all public places mandatory from the Monday 20th July.

This applies to both residence and holiday makers.

Below is a link to the information from an English newspaper published in France.

https://www.connexionfrance.com/French-news/Masks-mandatory-indoors-in-France-next-week-not-August-1

Reusable/washable and disposable Face mask are available in local pharmacies, supermarkets and shops. We do also have a supply on site at a cost of 1 Euro each.

Latest information 3rd July 2020.

The following text is taken from the UK government website and details the formation of travel corridors and travel exempted countries.

Exemption rules
From 10 July 2020 you will not have to self-isolate when you arrive in England, if you:

are travelling or returning from one of the travel corridor countries
have not been to or stopped in a country that’s not on the travel corridor list in the previous 14 day
This applies to all travel to England, by train, ferry, coach, air or any other route.

If you have been to or stopped in a country that’s not on the travel corridor list you will have to self-isolate until 14 days have passed since you left that country

Travel corridors: countries and territories exemption list

From 10 July 2020, unless they have visited or stopped in any other country or territory in the preceding 14 days, passengers arriving from the following countries and territories will not be required to self-isolate on arrival into England.

AndorraGermanyNew Zealand
Antigua and BarbudaGreeceNorway
ArubaGreenlandPoland
AustraliaGrenadaRéunion
AustriaGuadeloupeSan Marino
BahamasHong KongSerbia
BarbadosHungarySeychelles
BelgiumIcelandSouth Korea
Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaItalySpain
CroatiaJamaicaSt Barthélemy
CuraçaoJapanSt Kitts and Nevis
CyprusLiechtensteinSt Lucia
Czech RepublicLithuaniaSt Pierre and Miquelon
DenmarkLuxembourgSwitzerland
DominicaMacauTaiwan
Faroe IslandsMaltaTrinidad and Tobago
FijiMauritiusTurkey
FinlandMonacoVatican City
FranceNetherlandsVietnam
French PolynesiaNew Caledonia 

Ireland is already exempt as part of the common travel area, as are the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

In addition, we will be exempting the 14 British Overseas Territories.

This list may be added to over the coming days following further discussions between the UK and international partners.

Latest information as of the 28th June 2020

The below text is taken from BBC news website. The official announcement from the UK government on the formation of travel corridors is due on Monday 29th June 2020. We will post more details as it develops.

BBC news, 25th June 2020.

UK holidaymakers could be able to travel to most of Western Europe this summer without having to quarantine. Ministers are finalising plans for a series of “travel corridors” that will mean people arriving into the UK will not need to self-isolate.

Participating countries could include France, Italy, Spain, Greece, Belgium, Germany, Norway, the Netherlands, Turkey and Finland – but not Portugal. Restrictions for these countries are expected to be lifted in early July.

A travel corridor would mean that two people travelling in both directions between two countries would not have to self-isolate after they travel.

Three-week review

The UK’s quarantine rules will remain in place for people arriving from other countries and it’s thought that might be the case for some destinations throughout the summer.

The government has previously said that the quarantine would be reviewed every three weeks and 29 June marks the end of the first three-week period.

If a country on the list has an outbreak, then quarantine restrictions could be re-imposed. Similarly, if a country’s infection rate reduces then the quarantine requirement may be lifted.

The first travel corridors could come into force on 4 July, although that date is by no means confirmed.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps had indicated there would be an announcement on Monday.

But the BBC understands that initial details could be unveiled this weekend.

Information as of 15th June 2020

The below text is taken from the French Consulate general official website and the UK government official website. It details the now voluntary quarantine requirements for travellers entering France from the United Kingdom and the compulsory self-isolation procedure on return.

TRAVELLING TO FRANCE FROM THE UK

Travel restrictions at Europe’s internal borders are being lifted as of 15 June. Travel restrictions between France and the UK are therefore being removed, and the international travel declaration is no longer required. However, the quarantine measure established on 8 June remains; it is voluntary in France and compulsory in the UK. See France’s Interior Ministry’s website for practical details of its implementation and the Consulate’s website for details of the quarantine measures.

Some transport operators ask travellers to fill out and carry with them a sworn statement certifying that they do not have any symptoms of a COVID-19 infection. The full document is available to download here.

RETURNING TO THE UK FROM FRANCE

The UK government advice on returning to the UK states that if you’re a resident or visitor travelling to the UK, you must:

  • provide your journey and contact details online by completing the linked form. You’ll need to show your completed form when you arrive at the UK border, either by printing a copy, or showing it on your phone.
  • not leave the place you’re staying for the first 14 days you’re in the UK except in very limited situations (known as ‘self-isolating’).

Additional notes

In accordance with health recommendations in France and Belgium, you are required to wear a mask when you travel on Eurostar from Monday 4 May. This applies to all Eurostar trains, regardless of whether the destination is Paris or Brussels.


What are we doing at our site?

We have made specific arrangements to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infections at La Fortinerie. This means:

  • All bedding, towels and soft furnishings will now be washed at 60 degrees.
  • Sanitising sprays are available for use in all areas during your stay.
  • The Farmhouse, Safari Tent and Bell Tent will have a deep sanitising clean and be sealed after departure of each guest, in line with the government guidelines.
  • Our Campsite pitches are large and open, making social distancing very easy.
  • The campers kitchen has a hand sanitising station. We encourage social distancing and ask that only one one family group visit the Kitchen at any one time.
  • The Campsite shower rooms and toilets are sanitised frequently through the day and sanitising sprays are available in each room.
  • The Farmhouse pool is for the sole use of the farmhouse visitors. In line with the guidance from the Val de Loire Tourism office, it is chlorinated which makes it safe for use. Chlorine levels are checked daily.

For more specific details on our precautions for each of the accommodations on offer at La Fortinerie, visit the specific pages for the Farmhouse, Safari Tent, Bell Tent and Campsite.

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