New restrictions & implications
Covid-19 restrictions don’t make our work any easier, but they do increase the needs of those we are helping. It is vital to respect these measures in order to protect ourselves and others, but please do not let them prevent you from getting involved.
Volunteering in France (from 15th December):
- Travel to France:
- From the UK: Since the discovery of a new strain of the Covid-19 virus, the French government is restricting entry from the UK. You may travel for “essential reasons” but 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). We will provide you with a document certifying the purpose of your travel and a Travel certificate to France (the latter is also available for download here). For more information please visit France travel advice – GOV.UK or Conditions de déplacement entre la France et le Royaume-Uni.
- From Europe: There are few restrictions on travelling between European countries, however please do check travel advice relevant to your country. We will provide you with a document certifying the purpose of your travel. We also recommend that you carry a Sworn Statement of Absence of Covid-19 Symptoms and of Contact with Confirmed Cases (available here).
- Travel to France:
- On the ground in France: Lockdown restrictions having been lifted, no paperwork will be required during the day. However, there is a curfew between 8pm and 6am. If you must be out during these times when travelling to or from Calais, please mention this to our Admin Team during the registration process. If the situation arises when in Calais, our Warehouse Coordinators will be able to provide relevant paperwork. (Please be aware when travelling that the curfew is being changed to 6pm in certain areas of France, the list of which is available here)
- 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.
- Full PPE will be provided.
Volunteering in the UK (from 2nd December):
Regardless of the local Tier, volunteers are permitted to continue helping those in need, as long as this is being done in accordance with social distancing measures. (Local restriction tiers: what you need to know)
We are exempt from restrictions on social gatherings because we are providing voluntary services that can’t be provided from home. (Coronavirus: How to help safely – GOV.UK)
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.
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.