Unvaccinated players from UK clubs will be able to travel to France this weekend to play the Champions Cup without quarantine, despite French government regulations currently requiring unvaccinated travelers from the UK arriving in France to self-isolate for 48 hours before taking a PCR test.
Telegraph Sport understands that while the requirement for a 48-hour quarantine period on arrival in France has now been removed for all club staff, UK clubs will continue to strictly adhere to the UK’s Covid-19 travel protocols. ‘EPCR and to maintain a health “bubble” for players and staff everywhere.
All players and staff traveling to France must now provide proof of a negative coronavirus test within 24 hours of departure, but are no longer required to self-quarantine following changes put into effect on Friday by the French government .
From the Gallagher Premiership, the Newcastle Falcons face Biarritz on Friday in the Challenge Cup, while Bath face La Rochelle on Saturday and the Sale Sharks are in action against Clermont on Sunday.
Telegraph Sport understands that following the change, Sale will travel to France on Saturday with an unvaccinated player in his squad, having previously planned to leave all unvaccinated players at home in the UK, given that they would normally self-isolate for 48 hours. , unlike their vaccinated teammates, and potentially remain in quarantine for 10 days if they provide a positive test result.
The latest development could prove good news for England ahead of their visit to France in March on the final day of the Six Nations if unvaccinated players are still allowed to enter the country without self-isolating.
Eighty-five per cent of the England squad selected by head coach Eddie Jones in November have been double nicked, with Exeter Chiefs center Henry Slade revealing in an interview with Telegraph Sport last year that he was unvaccinated, later adding in a statement that he would “make an informed decision” about whether to vaccinate when the time comes.