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Every medium-sized French town will have several 'Laboratoires d'analyses médicales'.
Are all/most of these labs offering Covid tests that will be valid for a return to the UK?
Can Covid tests be arranged at short notice at such labs?
If so, it would seem that getting a test is a simpler matter in France than in the UK, where you may have to travel some distance to a testing centre.
Thanks in advance.
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Some of those medical labs have listings on Doctolib or some of the other medical RDV sites. Easiest way to find something close by with available appointments is to check the sites, entering "Covid test" for the type of appointment you're looking for and your postal code. I know our local lab is listed on Doctolib and seems to have plenty of Covid test appointments available within a day or two of when you book them. (They also limit the lab to doing only Covid tests during certain hours and days.)
 

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A problem with the labs is the long waiting time before an RDV is available (at least around here, at this time). I posted this comment last week. A practical problem might actually be finding an "Infirmière libérale" because searches tend to lead to agencies wanting you to make an RDV online, whereas you need to speak directly with the nurse. You could go into a pharmacy and ask if they do tests, and if not do they know local nurses who do them.
 

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That doesn't seem to be a problem here - though the first RDV available most place are Monday or Tuesday. What's weird is that they scheduling them in 6 or 8 minute intervals (though that could be to stagger arrivals with 2 or more nurses doing the actual swabbing for the sample). Still, weird to see appointments for 15:32 or 16:12. But we live in strange times.
 

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We had a look, just for interest, at booking a test locally where Covid instances are low and were offered appointments for the next day. I used Doctolib.
 

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Thanks for the replies - lots of VG information.
When/if we go to F this summer, we'd prefer to take the PCR test in F just before returning to GB.
Presumably, one would simply pay for the test at the time; and nationals of 3rd countries (USA+GB etc) are able to get such tests at these centres (?)
Thanks again in advance for comments.
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As things stand now, you are obliged to have a PCR test in the 72 hours before you travel and you must have tests booked, and paid for, on day 2 and day 8 of your isolation. Here's the story straight from the horse's mouth:

Yes, you pay for the test at the time and I don't think there are - I've never heard of - any problems regarding nationality.

But of course things could change before you travel.
 

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Thanks 'Toulouse Rob' for the latest - all noted. So the French don't require 2-day and 8-day tests, as in the case in GB. With regard to these latter tests in GB, I see they have to be booked and paid for in advance. So presumably such 2-day and 8-day tests are sent to a GB address by post. Our mail gets a RM redirection when we're away and this might cause a hitch. But I suppose it's possible to have them sent to another address - perhaps a neighbour.
 

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As things stand now, you are obliged to have a PCR test in the 72 hours before you travel and you must have tests booked, and paid for, on day 2 and day 8 of your isolation. Here's the story straight from the horse's mouth:

Yes, you pay for the test at the time and I don't think there are - I've never heard of - any problems regarding nationality.

But of course things could change before you travel.
It's all a bit confusing, isn't it?

To travel from the UK to France, you have to take the test you need to show when arriving in France, and also book and pay for the 2 and 8 day tests you have to have during the quarantine period.

The test you need when you go back to the UK from France must be done in France, because it has to be done in a particular time period - in the 3 days before departure.

And according to the website you provided (click the link take a COVID-19 test ), Under the heading Where to Take Your Test, it says "You will need to find a private test provider to take a test."

That's what Pianoman is talking about.

By the way, I've just looked at the website of the French consulate in London

COVID-19: rules for travel to France and the UK

and they recommend using DoctoLib for the return test (under the heading Quarantine in France).
 

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To travel from the UK to France, you have to take the test you need to show when arriving in France, and also book and pay for the 2 and 8 day tests you have to have during the quarantine period.
It depends a bit on the order of the journeys, but I think you're combining two things there:

- to enter France you need either a full vaccination (e.g. 2 jabs + 15 days) with a PCR test no more than 72 hours before boarding or "motif impérieux" + PCR test before boarding + test on arrival + 7 days isolation. (A compter du 9 juin - Stratégie de réouverture des frontières). As long as the stay in France is long enough, the day-2 and day-8 tests do not yet need to be booked.

- to return to UK it's similar except you need paid reservations for the day-2 and day-8 tests + 10 days isolation (as per my link above).

The tests before boarding have to be done in the country of departure; the day-2 and day-8 tests in the UK are done by a private service (i.e. not the NHS).

You're right it is complicated. Partly because it is a complicated problem, and partly - I think - because the powers-that-be have no interest in making it easy. They don't encourage such travel.
 

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I'm sure I read somewhere that they want you to have booked the 2 and 8 day tests in the UK before you leave the country, but if that's not the case I'll be very happy.

My husband has booked to come over on the 16th of July and stay a month, and perhaps things will have changed by then so that he doesn't have to quarantine when he gets back to the UK.

All this testing for those who are fully vaccinated is getting a bit over the top, IMHO.
 

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All this testing for those who are fully vaccinated is getting a bit over the top, IMHO.
I think the issue is that the EU does not yet have agreements with countries outside the EU on what, exactly, is admissible as verified proof of "full vaccination." I expect that in the UK, there is a standard NHS card - though the security of the card, how it is issued and whether and how it can be validated may be open to discussion.

One of the big issues for those coming from the US is that there is no one recognized form (or even format) for the "vaccination cards" being handed out by the various states and plenty of reports of forged vaccination cards being sold on the Black Market.
 

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I'm sure I read somewhere that they want you to have booked the 2 and 8 day tests in the UK before you leave the country, but if that's not the case I'll be very happy.

My husband has booked to come over on the 16th of July and stay a month, and perhaps things will have changed by then so that he doesn't have to quarantine when he gets back to the UK.

All this testing for those who are fully vaccinated is getting a bit over the top, IMHO.
There are many, many people in France who have not yet been able to get fully vaccinated because they have not been eligible, mainly people under 50! I have also that there is currently an issue in the UK with cases increasing. I for one am not really in favour of people coming from countries classified as orange as it is.

It may not suit you, and clearly your husband is not even French resident. I consider your attitude particularly uncaring when it comes to the situation in France.

Sorry, but I prefer to tell it like it is.
 

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BiF, you may be telling it (i.e. your personal opinion) like it is, but hey, frankly my dear, who gives a damn? You or I might do things differently if we were in positions of power - but that's way, way above our pay grades.

I'm not keen on opening up the borders either, but evidently the entire economy of France and the EU rests on letting in the vast hordes of tourists this summer. If Noblesse's husband is willing to go along with the protocol to slip in among the tourists for a quick visit with his wife, then more power to him. Frankly, I think there is little likelihood he is going to be out, mingling with the unvaccinated masses and spreading viruses to unsuspecting French residents he comes in contact with. (Particularly if he sticks with the prescribed protocol - even if it does smack of belt and suspenders.)
 

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There are many, many people in France who have not yet been able to get fully vaccinated because they have not been eligible, mainly people under 50! I have also that there is currently an issue in the UK with cases increasing. I for one am not really in favour of people coming from countries classified as orange as it is.

It may not suit you, and clearly your husband is not even French resident. I consider your attitude particularly uncaring when it comes to the situation in France.

Sorry, but I prefer to tell it like it is.
My husband is 72, fully vaccinated, and lives in an area of England with the lowest rates of Covid 19 in all of Britain (Torridge in North Devon). He's been wearing a mask since the beginning of the pandemic and going to do his shopping at 7 in the morning to avoid the crowds.

The covid date for where he lives Simple summary - Torridge | Coronavirus in the UK

Due to the fact that the antigenic test results are difficult to obtain near him within the time frame required, my husband will also have the full PCR test.

I live in Central Brittany, which has had one of the lowest rates of infection in France, and now has one of the highest vaccination rates. As we are not big socialisers, we will not be putting people at risk when he comes, we'll be lucky to make it to the creperie in the village considering all the work we have to do at the house.

I don't understand how you can find my attitude 'uncaring'. You don't know me or my husband or in fact anything about my situation other than what I've just told you.

If the French governement has decided that fully vaccinated people can come to France as long as they have the correct test, what's the problem? The country can't stay closed forever.
 

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I think the issue is that the EU does not yet have agreements with countries outside the EU on what, exactly, is admissible as verified proof of "full vaccination." I expect that in the UK, there is a standard NHS card - though the security of the card, how it is issued and whether and how it can be validated may be open to discussion.
I believe I read on one of the official websites this morning, that the NHS app will be accepted as proof of vaccination for the purposes of coming to France. It's a bit like the French TousAntiCovid app, where you can download a scan of the vaccination certificates (which my OH has done).
 

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Just checked the forum for replies to my query.
Many thanks for all the replies - it certainly is confusing and the present situation in GB may bring out further changes to the existing requirements.
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