France is set to ease its border restrictions for several countries including the UK, giving hope to those dreaming of holidays abroad this summer.
The French Government announced that people flying to or from Australia, South Korea, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, the UK and Singapore will no longer need to have a compelling reason to travel.
A decree formalising the policy change is due to be published tomorrow (March 12).
Passengers will still require proof of a negative Covid-19 test up to 72 hours before travelling.
France issued border restrictions on non-essential travel coming from outside the EU in January in response to new variants.
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It is still illegal for anyone to travel abroad for holiday or leisure purposes under the UK’s current lockdown restrictions.
But under Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s lockdown easing roadmap, holidays abroad should be allowed from May 17.
The French Tourism Minister Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne said the easing was down to the improving health situation in the UK and the other countries named.
He said on Twitter: “The list includes Britain, because the UK variant now also circulates widely in France.”
The UK’s vaccine rollout continues at pace, and today the Government announced that almost 90 per cent of over 60s had been given the vaccine.
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