France Has Lifted the Entry Ban for Britons

January 14, 2022
France has lifted the entry ban for Britons

According to French authorities, travelers from the UK will no longer be barred from entering France; France has lifted the entry ban for Britons.

Since today, January 14th, any UK travelers who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 will be permitted to visit France without having to show a convincing explanation, according to a recent announcement.

The Secretary of State for Tourism Tweeted the News

Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, France’s Secretary of State for Tourism, tweeted, “We are relaxing the conditions of entry into France for vaccinated travelers from Great Britain.

He added, “End of compelling reasons and isolation on arrival; a negative test <24h will be requested at the start.”

Alexandre Holroyd, a Swiss-born French-British politician, acknowledged the decision to ease travel restrictions for Britons. He praised Jean Castex, the Prime Minister, Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, the Secretary of State for Tourism, Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, and Clement Beaune, the Secretary of State for EU Affairs, for listening to his plea and lifting the critical travel restrictions for UK nationals.

Holroyd wrote, “Relaxation of the rules to enter France from 14/01 for vaccinated people! Thank you, Jean Castex, Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, and Clement Beaune, for your responsiveness and listening to my requests.”

Travelers from the United Kingdom could previously only enter France if they had a good reason for doing so. According to the new laws, everyone who wishes to visit the well-known French winter destinations for leisure can now do so.

Britons Are Still Subject to Covid-19 Testing

While France has lifted the entry ban for Britons, and even though they no longer need a fundamental reason for visiting, travelers from the UK are still subject to Covid-19 testing. 

All visitors arriving in France from the United Kingdom must provide a negative PCR or rapid antigen test result obtained within 24 hours. The testing requirement applies to all travelers, including those fully immunized against the virus.

Furthermore, everyone must register their upcoming visit before departure by filling in an entry form.

Julia Simpson, President and CEO of the World Travel and Tourism Council, was also pleased with the announcement of the relaxation of restrictions for UK visitors, noting that France would account for 14% of Britons’ overseas visits in 2021.

Simpson’s statement reads, “WTTC welcomes the reopening of French borders to UK travelers. 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.”

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