Passengers traveling between the UK and France must undergo more stringent checks.
From January 1, the relationship between the UK and the EU has officially turned a new page. The agreement reached last week between the two sides has many new rules that will be applied, according to the roadmap, depending on the sector, especially on fisheries, trade, dispute settlement and cooperation.
The Eurostar railway service, which has reduced the number of trips, now has more rules for passengers traveling between London and Paris. Specifically, passengers traveling from Paris are required to perform isolation on arrival in London. In the opposite direction, passengers from London need to present a certificate that tests negative for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, upon arrival in Paris.
Analysts said that the year 2021 will be a challenging year for the EU, when the whole region will have to both make efforts to control the COVID-19 pandemic, rebuild the economy after the pandemic and fill gaps created by Brexit.
Passengers on a train on the London (UK) – Paris (France) route on January 1, the first day after the UK, left the European Union (EU), have to undergo stricter checks in the context of the COVID 19 epidemic.
In addition, people from London who get off at Gare du Nord station in Paris, have to undergo a new customs inspection process, with more restrictions, tax regulations and prohibited goods. Specifically, meat, milk and dairy products will be banned from France, while flowers and fruits and vegetables will be quarantined. However, the good news is that British passengers not residing in France can now buy duty-free goods when leaving Paris.
Another area that will also impact UK and EU citizens is the new rules of travel between the two sides. Specifically, from the beginning of October 2021, people on both sides will use their passports when entering, instead of using citizenship identification as before. In addition, they will also have to queue for customs clearance each time they enter or exit, instead of having to be given priority to go through the private door as before.