France confirms travel ban to be lifted from Friday

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By Linsey McNeill
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France has confirmed that it will ease travel restrictions for Britons from tomorrow.

Tourism minister Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne announced the move this morning after days of speculation.

It will mean UK tourists who are vaccinated will no longer need to provide compelling reasons for travel or isolate on arrival.

But travellers will need to provide a negative Covid test taken 24 hours before arriving in France.

Government spokesman Gabriel Attal had flagged the easing of restrictions in a tweet yesterday.

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

“End of compelling reasons and isolation on arrival, a negative >test 24 hours will be requests at the start. The decree will be published tomorrow morning with immediate entry into force.”

Last week, France slightly eased its ban on travel from the UK, put in place on 18 December, to allow essential business travel.

World Travel and Tourism President and CEO Julia Simpson welcomed the development.

“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,” she said.

“France is one of the biggest markets for UK tourists who, according to WTTC’s 2021 Economic Impact Report, account for 14% of overseas visitors. Total international visitor spend in France was worth more than €60BN pre-pandemic.”  

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