February 29, 2024

France relaxes Covid restrictions

France is relaxing its travel restrictions for all British travellers from this weekend.

It had already eased its restrictions to allow entry to business travellers entry if their trips could not be postponed.

From Saturday, all fully-vaccinated travellers will no longer need a compelling reason to enter France or to self-isolate or take a test when they arrive.

But a negative Covid-19 antigen or PCR test, taken 24 hours before leaving the UK, will still be required.

Non-vaccinated travellers will still need a compelling reason to enter France and must still isolate for 10 days upon arrival.

Today’s announcement followed a meeting of the French Council of Ministers, led by President Emmanuel Macron, on Wednesday.

France introduced a ban on UK arrivals on December 18 in light of rising Omicron cases in the UK.

A spokeswoman for Eurostar said: “We welcome the safe reduction of travel restrictions which will allow our customers to travel more freely between the UK and France.

“We are ready to welcome more passengers on board and will continue to increase the frequency of our services in the coming weeks to offer passengers more flexibility and choice.”

Julia Simpson, WTTC President & CEO said: “WTTC welcomes the reopening of French borders to UK travellers. Once a variant is endemic closing borders is pointless and only damages livelihoods especially in travel and tourism one of the hardest hit sectors during the pandemic.”

Updated 10am Thursday January 13