I had to return to the UK for reasons of work and am booked to return to France on Monday 28 December with DFDS ferries Newhaven-Dieppe.
In order to travel, I have to be able to show a negative C-19 test result using either the PCR test or an approved antigen test. There is a government website listing the approved antigen tests.
However, none of the UK private test centres list the brand of test they use. I have emailed 12 different companies and received out-of-office replies from 8 of them so far.
Assuming I could find a private test centre that offers an approved brand of test, many send out a self-test kit - but the French have declared that self administered tests will not be accepted.
The NHS Covid test page says that their test is not appropriate for international travel so that’s out.
I’ve spoken to DFDS and Newhaven Port who both shrugged and said ‘check with Border Force’. I’ve emailed and phoned UK and France Border Forces with “don’t know” and no reply as the respective answers.
A bit of a long shot, but does anyone know where I could get an appropriate Covid 19 test that will allow me to enter France on 28th December? Ideally the test centre would be in the South East of the uk, between Cambridge and Newhaven.
Oh - I nearly forgot - Happy Christmas