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Gilbertd wrote:

I wonder what the situation will be in mid-January when we may be driving to Dina’s parent in Latvia if nothing has changed by then? She’s an EU passport holder (Latvian) and I am her partner (which gives slightly more rights than a UK passport holder when entering France) and while we will be entering France we will only be there for the 30 minutes or so it takes to get to the Belgian border. There is an exemption of up to 24 hours if you are transiting through at an airport but what about if transiting by road? Or does it mean we have to use the Stena Harwich to Hook of Holland ferry and bypass France? Don’t really want to as the Stena ferry is more expensive than my P&O season ticket (which I have just renewed with another 5 returns so have already paid for the crossing) and while it saves a couple of hours driving time, it’s a 7 hour crossing so adds considerably to the overall journey time.

I've spent a bloody fortune in Covid tests in the last few weeks as it is but at least they are coming down in cost.

If you are British with partner who has an EU passport your rights are the same as if you too had an EU passport. The latest French government rules allow an EU citizen to enter France en route to their home state.

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dave3d wrote:

As well as that, all travel to France is now stopped due to Macron's Omicron restrictions.
I notice it doesn't apply to HGV drivers though and it is not clear if you can drive straight through France to another country, like Spain for example.

All travel hasn't been stopped. I am a French resident who spends half my time in the UK as I work here. I will be returning to France after Xmas as French nationals & residents are allowed to enter France from the UK. Other groups may travel too eg EU citizens en route to their home state.

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nigelbb wrote:

If you are British with partner who has an EU passport your rights are the same as if you too had an EU passport. The latest French government rules allow an EU citizen to enter France en route to their home state.

Is that home state or residence? Although she has a Latvian passport, she has settled status in the UK, so that would be considered home I would have thought. I know that when UK Immigration scan her passport their screen shows that she has settled status, I would suspect the same info would be shown on her way out. Mind you, an EU passport, or even an EU residency card, is far moire useful than a British passport which is hardly worth the paper it is printed on these days.

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Gilbertd wrote:

nigelbb wrote:

If you are British with partner who has an EU passport your rights are the same as if you too had an EU passport. The latest French government rules allow an EU citizen to enter France en route to their home state.

Is that home state or residence? Although she has a Latvian passport, she has settled status in the UK, so that would be considered home I would have thought. I know that when UK Immigration scan her passport their screen shows that she has settled status, I would suspect the same info would be shown on her way out. Mind you, an EU passport, or even an EU residency card, is far moire useful than a British passport which is hardly worth the paper it is printed on these days.

Apologies. I just checked & it's returning to their main residence. You might be able to blag it but risk being turned back.

Here is the list of pressing grounds for travel to/from the United Kingdom
https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/coming-to-france/coming-to-france-your-covid-19-questions-answered/article/list-of-pressing-grounds-for-travel-to-from-the-united-kingdom