Confusion as Eurotunnel say Brits with homes in the EU are BANNED from travelling through France to get to them due to Macron’s Covid crackdown – but French Interior Ministry assures travellers the firm are WRONG

  • Eurotunnel stated that Britons can’t travel to France from their home in the EU.
  • Many thousands of Britons have traveled to EU countries like Spain and Portugal. 
  • Rail operator blamed France for Covid-19 restrictions 
  • However, French Interior ministry stated that Britons who have valid documents may travel. 

Eurotunnel announced tonight that new Covid restrictions have been implemented so British citizens who are EU nationals cannot travel through France for their return journey.

The operators of the English Channel rail link, which is owned by Paris-based Getlink, issued an ‘urgent’ warning on Wednesday in response to tightened customs checks by the French.

The authorities made it clear to anyone who resides in Germany, Spain or Italy that they could no longer take the train, drive, or ride through France.

A Eurotunnel ‘Urgent update’ Tweet posted on Wednesday evening reads: ‘Following a French Government decision, on 28/12/2021, unless they hold French residency, British citizens are now considered 3rd country citizens and can no longer transit France by road to reach their country of residence in the EU.’ 

Numerous Brits who have traveled through France from Britain were unable to travel due to mixed interpretations in Covid-19. 

Eurotunnel has warned Britons with second homes on the continent that they will no longer be able to travel through France to their homes in countries such as Spain and Portugal

Eurotunnel has notified Britons living on the continent as second home that they cannot travel via France to Spain or Portugal.

French President Emmanuel Macron, pictured, has introduced new restrictions to help stop the spread of Covid-19 across the country

French President Emmanuel Macron (pictured) has introduced new restrictions that will help to prevent the spread of Covid-19 throughout the country

Eurotunnel's operator said Britons are banned from travelling through France to their homes in other EU countries, however, the French Interior ministry insists this is not true

Eurotunnel said that Britons were prohibited from traveling through France to reach their home in another EU country. But, the French Interior ministry says this is incorrect

French authorities stated that any person traveling to France from Britain, even Britons, must provide a compelling reason for their trip.  

But, as baffled passengers expressed their anger at the growing confusion, an Interior Ministry spokesman in Paris told Mail Online:  ‘A Third-country national (UK included), holder of a valid French or European residence permit or long-stay visa, having his main residence in France or who joins, in transit through France, his main residence in a country of the European Union or the like’.

French officials say British citizens who have a residence in an EU country such as Spain, Germany or Italy, will need to provide proof of that home. This could include a tax form, a utility bill, a residency permit or a tax form. 

However, confusion has grown from the application of these rules. 

It follows President Emmanuel Macron’s government imposing new restrictions to try and control spiralling Coronavirus cases in France. 

On Friday, it will become mandatory to wear masks in Paris. 

Local authorities will levy a €135 for people without a face covering. 

Olivier Veran, France’s Health Minister, said earlier that France was experiencing an “ominous” epidemic of COVID-19-related infections. This had been fueled both by Omicron as well as the Delta versions of the disease.

In France, it is mandatory to wear a mask in public places and on public transport.