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Carrying samples to London on Eurostar

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Carrying samples to London on Eurostar

Scientists travelling back to UK on Eurostar with samples may be subject to a security check by Eurostar authorities.

In order to obtain authorisation from French authorities prior to their journey, users should send the following information to the address given below:

  • Type of sample concerned
  • Reason for transporting sample
  • Name of sample responsible(s) during transport
  • Date and time of train to London.

Direction régionale des douanes de Paris
A l'attention du Pôle Action Economique
16 rue Yves Toudic
75010 PARIS

Email: pae-paris(at)

Once the authorities have processed the request, authorisation is sent to the user as well as to the Security Inspection Squad so that the sample is not opened during transit.

Please note that, due to the present national French emergency programme against terrorist attacks (VigiPirate), x-ray screening is carried out systematically.

On receipt of this letter, a special dispensation will be sent to the Users concerned, and a copy to the Safety Control Brigade, so that containers will not be opened on the Eurostar site.  However, containers will still need to pass through X-ray control.

Scientists may also contact:

Eurostar Security Standards Management Security Pass Office
St Pancras International
Pancras Road, LONDON NW1 2QP