On Friday, February 14, the first Britons traveled to France after being banned from entering the country for more than a month due to the spread of the Omicron virus in the territory of the United Kingdom.
The decision to remove the ban was based on the fact that the Omicron variant is now widespread in France as well, just as it is in the UK.
“In the face of the dominance of the Omicron variant in both France and the UK, the government has chosen to ease specific health control measures at the borders that were set last December for vaccinated travelers from the UK,” internal notes in a press release announcing the new rules for travel from the UK. .
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Despite the ban being removed, all travelers from the UK will need to submit negative results for a COVID-19 test taken 24 hours before arriving in France. Both PCR and antigen tests are accepted.
And while travelers who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 can enter for any purpose, including tourism, since the country will remain in the red category, unvaccinated travelers need to present a compelling purpose of entry in order to be allowed to enter France.
At the same time, vaccinated British travelers no longer need to register on the digital platform ÉOS for Travelers before their trip to France. Registration on the platform remains mandatory for those who have not been vaccinated by specifying the purpose of their trip to France and the address at which they plan to stay.
“They must, upon arrival in France, adhere to a strict ten-day quarantine period in this place; the Ministry of the Interior has confirmed that this quarantine will be subject to the control of law enforcement authorities.
All travelers may be screened on arrival for COVID-19 testing. Those who test positive will have to be quarantined, even if they have been vaccinated.
The decision to lift the travel ban on UK nationals was welcomed by many, including Transport Secretary Grant Shapps.
The ban has caused hardships for many, for weeks now, and particularly during the end of the year holidays, when hundreds of Britons were prevented from driving through France to their homes in other EU countries. However, France has lifted the ban on UK citizens residing in the European Union who wish to return to their second homes until the end of the year.
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