Covid-19 Restrictions and Guidance on Volunteering

Covid-19 Restrictions and Guidance on Volunteering

With Covid-19 restrictions slowly easing and our need for volunteers continuing to grow, we hope the following information will encourage you to get involved wherever possible, in Northern France and the UK. Please stay up-to-date on Covid-19 guidance wherever you are in order to help those around you safely.

Volunteering in France:

Due to the ongoing pandemic, all volunteers are asked to commit to at least 7 days. Everyone must provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours in order to commence their volunteering in Calais. Please see below for further details on additional requirements for travel depending on your departure location. 

Travel to/from France:

From the UK: 

  • If you are not fully vaccinated, you may travel to France for “essential reasons”  and will need to present a negative COVID-19 test result, carried out less than 72 hours before departure (please find lists of providers on the British and French Government websites), self isolate for 7 days upon arrival in France and complete an additional PCR test.
  • If you have completed your vaccine schedule (meaning you are travelling at least 2 weeks after the second dose of Pfizer, Moderna, Oxford/AstraZeneca; 4 weeks after the single and only dose of Johnson & Johnson; or 2 weeks after the single dose of any of the above vaccines if you have previously tested positive for COVID-19) you will not require an essential reason for travel or to self isolate for 7 days upon arrival in France. You will however still need to present a negative COVID-19 test result, carried out less than 72 hours before departure.
  • Please email clare@care4calais.org for more information and we will provide you with relevant documentation. For more information please visit France travel advice – GOV.UK or Conditions de déplacement entre la France et le Royaume-Uni.

Back to the UK:

From Europe: 

  • If you are not fully vaccinated, you must present the transport company and border control authorities with a negative PCR or antigenic test no more than 72 hours prior to departure (departure of first flight in case of connecting flights).
  • If you are already vaccinated, you must present proof of vaccination status. The vaccination schedule is considered complete 28 days after the administration of one dose for Johnson & Johnson vaccine and 14 days after the administration of a second dose for other vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca).
  • Please email clare@care4calais.org for more information and we will provide you with relevant documentation. For more information please visit: France – Attestation de déplacement et de voyage.

On the ground in France:

  • Lockdown restrictions having been lifted, no paperwork will be required for travel within national borders.
  • We recommend you download the TousAntiCovid app. It is the French equivalent of the NHS Covid-19 app and will give you up-to-date information in English.
  • Masks for wear in the warehouse and on distribution will be provided.

Volunteering in the UK:

  • As Covid-19 restrictions continue to ease, please continue to follow general guidance on what you can and cannot do.
  • We are exempt from certain restrictions on social gatherings because we are providing voluntary services that can’t be provided from home. Please follow guidance on Volunteering during Coronavirus.
  • Your Regional Lead can send you proof of your involvement with Care4Calais upon request.
  • Please wear a mask at all times and sanitise hands/equipment regularly. 
  • Please email annie@care4calais.org if you have any questions about volunteering in the UK.

Overall, please do prioritise your own safety and that of those you are helping, but remember that for those of you who are able to get involved, you can make a bigger difference than ever. We will support you as much as we can.

About Care4Calais

Care4Calais was founded by a group of volunteers with the sole aim of supporting the people of the Calais refugee camps, providing fresh meals, warm clothing, heating and important legal and medical support.

We are not politicians – we are people like you who simply believe that every human has the right to be treated in a fair and dignified way.

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