Covid-19: France will remove travel restrictions for visitors from the United Kingdom
The government has declared that from Friday, France will lift its restrictions on those travelling from the United Kingdom.
Travellers who have been vaccinated will no longer require a compelling reason to enter France and will not be required to self-isolate once they arrive.
All people coming, however, will be forced to take a negative COVID test 24 hours before leaving the UK. Jet2 reported a “sharp” increase in airline bookings to ski destinations as a result of the announcement.
On December 18, France imposed the limitations in an attempt to halt the spread of the Omicron variety.
Non-vaccinated people will still need a compelling cause to enter France, and they will be obliged to isolate for 10 days once they arrive. COVID-19 infections are on the rise in the country. According to Johns Hopkins University, there were a total of 368, 817 new cases and 341 deaths on Thursday.
The adjustment has been well received by both vacationers and the travel industry.
Since booking a trip to Disneyland for their son Max’s birthday in 2020, Melissa Hamblett of Gloucester has had to reschedule five times.
France is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the UK. 17 million British citizens visit France each year.
Earlier last month, France tightened its restrictions, mandating those who can work remotely and limiting public meetings to indoor events. It is forbidden to eat or drink over long distances. Nightclubs are closed, while cafés and bars can only provide table service.
The French Senate approved a contentious bill on Thursday requiring people to be completely vaccinated in order to access a variety of places, including bars and restaurants. It also eliminates the option of presenting a negative test in order to get entry.
On Saturday, thousands of people demonstrated against the law, many of them outraged at President Emmanuel Macron, who has declared he wants to “piss off” unvaccinated individuals. In total, 12.6 million people in France have been infected, with over 127,000 deaths.