France to lift ban on British tourists from Friday


epa09678301 French health workers of the 'Civile Protection' control passengers arriving from an international flight before being eventually Covid-19 tested at the Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport in Roissy, France, 11 January 2022. All passengers arriving from a 'Red Flight' who cannot present a complete vaccination schedule will get their nasopharyngeal swab collected to be tested for COVID-19. EPA/CHRISTOPHE PETIT TESSON
Travellers will still need to show evidence of a negative Covid test taken within 24 hours of departure (Picture: EPA)

France is finally lifting its ban on UK holidaymakers, the country’s tourism minister Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne has announced.

The requirement to isolate upon arrival will also be scrapped, under changes coming into force from tomorrow morning.

Travellers will continue to need evidence of a negative coronavirus test taken within 24 hours of departure.

France tightened its rules last month as cases of the Omicron Covid variant surged in the UK.

It said travellers would need a ‘compelling reason’ to visit the country, which didn’t include tourism.

At the time a British Government spokesperson said ‘further border controls seem as unnecessary as they are unwelcome’.

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Many questioned if the move would make much a difference, considering Omicron was already ripping through France as well by this point.

On December 30, France said it was suspending one of the rules so that British nationals who were legal residents of other EU countries could pass through France by road and rail to reach their homes.

Restrictions were eased again in January to allow Brits in ‘for the pursuit of an economic activity requiring an on-site presence which cannot be postponed’.

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