France travel ban: BBC reporter discusses Macron’s decision
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France’s stringent travel restrictions have been lifted for vaccinated travellers. The country is reopening to vaccinated Britons from tomorrow, says French minister Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne.
The French Government is reopening the country’s borders to Britons.
A decree, which will be published “tomorrow” has been announced by Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne on Twitter.
“End of compelling reasons and isolation on arrival.
“A negative test < 24h will be requested at the start.
“The decree will be published tomorrow morning, with immediate entry into force.”
It will also be the end of self-isolation for Britons entering France.
The only requirement mentioned was a negative test, but it’s not yet clear whether it will be a PCR or lateral flow test.
The test will need to be taken within 24 hours of departure.
There were no mentions of the rules for the unvaccinated or for children under 12 years old in the original tweet.
This would indicate they remain banned from France.
President Macron caused a stir in France when he said his goal was to “p**s off” the unvaccinated.
The French Government’s line is that vaccination is the only way forward and the President has since said he “completely assumed” what he said.
He told French newspaper Le Parisien his “strategy was simple: vaccinate, vaccinate, vaccinate”.
In France, the rules for the vaccine passport are changing on Saturday.
Britons wishing to go on holidays should be aware a booster shot will be required for the France vaccine passport to be valid.
The passport allows locals and tourists alike to access cafes, restaurants, museums, cinemas and long-distance public transport such as trains.
Countries are slowly reopening their borders, with Germany also lifting its UK travel ban earlier this month.
The UK Government has made travel easier by removing the need for a pre-departure test.
There is no need to self-isolate when coming back to the UK and the PCR test has also been scrapped, replaced by a lateral flow test.
Travel between France and the UK will be made infinitely easier with the latest news.
Britons who missed out on a ski holiday this Christmas will now be able to book.
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.
“France is one of the biggest markets for UK tourists who, according to WTTC’s 2021 Economic Impact Report, account for 14 percent of overseas visitors.
“Total international visitor spend in France was worth more than €60billion pre-pandemic.”
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