Travel news live: France to lift UK entry ban tomorrow

France will allow vaccinated British travelers from tomorrow, January 14, French minister Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne has confirmed.

“We are easing entry conditions to France from the UK for vaccinated travelers,” Lemoyne tweeted.

“End of compelling reasons and isolation on arrival a negative test

“The decree will be published tomorrow morning, with immediate effect.”

Holidaymakers to France should check local vaccine passport rules, which change on Saturdays.

France adjusted restrictions on January 6 to allow for some essential business travel from the UK, and to allow people with a home in an EU country to travel through France to reach them.

Follow the latest updates below:

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Unvaccinated people continue to be banned from France

The French government has confirmed it will lift its strict travel ban to the UK from tomorrow morning – but only for fully vaccinated travellers.

Vaccinated Brits can enter France with a negative test result from the past 24 hours and avoid quarantine.

However, no information has been released on unvaccinated travelers indicating that they are not allowed to visit France.

The ministers have not yet released an exact time for the rule change, but are only announcing that the decree will be published tomorrow and will take effect immediately.

Here’s everything we know so far:

Lucy ThackrayJanuary 13, 2022 09:25

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France opens to UK tomorrow

France will reopen its border to fully vaccinated British holidaymakers from tomorrow, Friday, January 14, French minister Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne has confirmed.

“We are easing entry conditions to France from the UK for vaccinated travelers,” Lemoyne tweeted.

“End of compelling reasons and isolation on arrival a negative test

“The decree will be published tomorrow morning, with immediate effect.”

Visitors from the UK must show a negative Covid test result within 24 hours of departure.

They will not be quarantined.

Holidaymakers to France should check the current vaccine passport rules for domestic locations, which change on Saturdays.

Lucy ThackrayJanuary 13, 2022 09:11

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Why is the French ban taking so long?

Four weeks after France announced it would close its borders to arrivals from the UK, the travel ban remains in place. Simon Calder, travel correspondent for the independent, offers his thoughts on why.

“The ban was supposedly introduced due to concerns about the rapid spread of the Omicron variant. Since the start of the year, France has had a number of new Covid infections that are about twice that of the UK – almost all attributable to Omicron.

“The ban is clearly both senseless and harmful – emotionally for many people deprived of family visits and vacations, and economically for ferry, train and airline companies, as well as the French tourism industry. So why would France continue with the senseless closing of its borders?

“The kindest explanation is fears that large numbers of British visitors testing positive for coronavirus would increase the pressure on the French health service.

“But politics offers more plausible explanations — specifically, the need leaders feel to look tough by imposing travel bans. Some say the ban was a political response to the UK’s bizarre decision in July 2021 to create a special ‘amber plus’ category in the coronavirus travel rules, requiring all arrivals from France to quarantine.

“British ministers attributed that ban to a ‘variant of concern’ prevalent on the French island of Réunion, but never fully explained why the island itself was exempted from the category.

In addition, opening borders to Brits while closing major events in France and allowing people to work from home will probably not be popular, except for people and businesses that benefit directly from UK tourism.

“But the continuation of a pointless travel ban is perhaps yet another example of the tendency of governments to be very quick to impose restrictions and yet very slow to relax them.”

For Simon’s final thoughts on the travel situation in France, listen to his podcast here:

Lucy ThackrayJanuary 13, 2022 08:56

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Cheap ski tours for sale for Saturday – but not to France

Ski operators don’t expect French ban to be lifted in time for next weekend’s departures, investigation by the independent indicates.

Crystal Ski, part of the Tui Group, sells trips to Austria, Bulgaria and Italy.

A week’s holiday to Mayrhofen in Austria, including flights from Birmingham to Innsbruck, transfers and B&B accommodation, is on offer for £317. Covid testing will add around £100 to the cost.

Inghams’ first departure to France is scheduled for Saturday, January 22. The cheapest option is a week in La Plagne in the French Alps for £329, which includes flights from Gatwick, transfers and accommodation.

Simon CalderJanuary 13, 2022 08:30

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Good morning

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Lucy ThackrayJanuary 13, 2022 07:35

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