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France removes restrictions for UK

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French authorities had previously barred both vaccinated and non-vaccinated travelers from the UK from entering the country. Travelers had to have a compelling reason to travel to France. These restrictions came into place from 18th December to reduce the spread of the Omicron variant.

From 11th February onwards, France eased the travel restrictions. Now vaccinated people from the UK can enter the country without a compelling reason. Unvaccinated travelers still need it though and have to isolate 10 days upon arrival if approved. Those who are vaccinated do not need to take a COVID-19 test nor do they need to quarantine themselves. They need to present proof of vaccination and a negative test result as well, either from a PCR or antigen, 24 hours before the departure time. Travelers will still need the travel pass to enter public places such as bars, restaurants, and cafes. Face masks are also required when in supermarkets and public transport. As per the rules, failure to comply costs a fine of €135.

The tourism industry certainly welcomed this change. There has been a surge of flights booked, especially for skiing and snowboarding, as there are famous winter travel destinations in France. Travelers are warned to be safe though, as the spread of the Omicron variant is still rampant and it is in the best interests of everyone to take extra good care, for the sake of oneself and the others.

Written by: jaimmynanayakkara@yahoo.com

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