Vaccinated travellers from the UK will no longer need to prove their trip to France was essential or self-isolate on arrival
Tourism Minister Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne has announced that France is lifting Covid restrictions imposed on arrivals from the UK in December due to concerns over the spread of the Omicron variant.
Vaccinated individuals travelling to France from the UK will no longer need to provide a compelling reason to enter the country or self-isolate on arrival. However, a negative Covid test 24 hours before leaving the UK is still required.
The measures were implemented on December 18, effectively restricting all non-essential travel between the two countries. Still, unvaccinated people will need to prove their travel is necessary and quarantine for 10 days.
Allowing tourists from the UK to enter during the UK school holidays in February will give France a huge boost to tourism. Christophe Mathieu, chief executive of Brittany Ferries, said of the ruling “Great relief” and expressed the hope that the previous regulations would represent “The last border closure for the Covid crisis.”
The easing of restrictions came despite France itself recording a record daily number of new infections on Wednesday, with 338,858 new cases confirmed, according to the World Health Organization.
In addition to those international rules, the surge in cases led to the imposition of domestic restrictions in January, forcing those who can afford to work from home, limiting public gatherings and closing nightclubs.
The French parliament is introducing a coronavirus pass that would effectively bar unvaccinated individuals from public life. That sparked widespread nationwide protests over the weekend, with more than 100,000 people coming out against the new measures. The bill has been passed by the House of Commons and must now be backed by the Senate to take effect.
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