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1. Posted by bwfc122 (Budding Member 4 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Need a bit of help, Im travelling to Brazil in November to visit my girlfriend, she is then flying back with me to the UK to stay with me and my family over christmas.

The problem is before i book her flight is that we are transiting through France and they require an international travel certificate to filled out before boarding in Brazil.

i'm not sure which category my girlfriend will fall in to on this document.

https://www.interieur.gouv.fr/content/download/124257/995571/file/21-09-2020-attestation-de-deplacement-vers-la-france-metropolitaine-anglais.docx

We will be taking a PCR Test in Brazil before we travel back also.

She holds a Brazilian passport and I have a British passport.

Thanks in advance.

Jack

2. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 1620 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Imo, the only category that fits your gf is 'Third country nationals, in transit for less than 24 hours in an international zone.'

My understanding of 'international zone' is airside at an airport, where the individual does not formally enter the country of arrival. Your gf will need to make a direct airside transfer at (I assume) CDG.

So, ideally, you need a flight which will transfer your hold baggage during the transit. If both segments of the journey are with the same airline then there should be no problem but do check directly with the airline before you book

If you can't find such a flight then your gf can't travel with any hold baggage because she would need to go 'landside' (and thus enter France) in order to collect and re-check it. Possible solutions: 1. You take a larger bag than you need, return with her stuff in with yours then buy a bag in the UK or 2. You might be able to add an extra bag to your own return flight for a fee (check with the airline concerned).

[ Edit: Edited on 05-Oct-2020, 15:54 GMT by leics2 ]

3. Posted by bwfc122 (Budding Member 4 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Thank you for your reply, much appreciated.
If i was to book her flight we would both be flying back with Air France, transferring at CDG for a flight to London Heathrow. So no baggage collection as its the same airline.

So we should be good then hopefully providing the PCR test comes back negative for us both in Fotaleza Airport in Brazil.

4. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 1620 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

To be 100% sure, double-check that your bags will be checked through to Heathrow both by phone before you fly out *and* when you check them in.

Also make sure that you've got plenty of documentation to hand for both CDG (just in case) *and* Heathrow e.g. proof of onward flight, proof of your gf's booked return flight, proof of funds to show she can support herself (or be fully-supported) whilst in the UK, proof of somewhere to stay (an invitation letter from and contact details for your family would be very useful indeed). She should carry all those docs with her because if she's taken aside for extra questioning at Heathrow...which is possible.... it'll make things much easier and you'll almost certainly have to wait for her landside.

I assume you already know that you and your gf will have to self-isolate for 14 days on entry to the UK...including from anyone with whom you are staying? Imo it's very unlikely that Brazil will be excluded from that requirement before Christmas. There are very substantial fines for breaking self-isolation.

You must both complete the passenger locator form (linked on the page below) 48 hours before you arrive and must provide those details on entry.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-how-to-self-isolate-when-you-travel-to-the-uk/coronavirus-covid-19-how-to-self-isolate-when-you-travel-to-the-uk

[ Edit: Edited on 05-Oct-2020, 17:17 GMT by leics2 ]

5. Posted by bwfc122 (Budding Member 4 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Quoting leics2

To be 100% sure, double-check that your bags will be checked through to Heathrow both by phone before you fly out *and* when you check them in.

Also make sure that you've got plenty of documentation to hand for both CDG (just in case) *and* Heathrow e.g. proof of onward flight, proof of your gf's booked return flight, proof of funds to show she can support herself (or be fully-supported) whilst in the UK, proof of somewhere to stay (an invitation letter from and contact details for your family would be very useful indeed). She should carry all those docs with her because if she's taken aside for extra questioning at Heathrow...which is possible.... it'll make things much easier and you'll almost certainly have to wait for her landside.

Thank you so much for your help mate, I will call Air France and see what they say.

6. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 1620 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

You're welcome.

I've just added a bit more to my post above re self-isolation requirements so please read it.

Good luck! :-)

7. Posted by bwfc122 (Budding Member 4 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Quoting leics2

You're welcome.

I've just added a bit more to my post above re self-isolation requirements so please read it.

Good luck! :-)

Yes we've planned for the self isolation side of things, i can work from home and her return flight isn't until the 8th of Jan, we leave Brazil on December 4th.

8. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 1620 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

All sorted then, fingers crossed. :-)

9. Posted by miawilson (Budding Member 10 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

I would like to suggest you that, don't travel during the pandemic situation.

10. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 1620 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Miawilson:

Please read the original post carefully.