France reopens to unvaccinated Brits in huge boost ahead of Easter holidays
France holidays are back on the cards for all UK holidaymakers, after the country has lifted a months-long ban on unvaccinated travellers.
Up until now, the holiday hotspot had only been open to UK travellers for holidays if they were fully vaccinated against Covid, with no need to test or quarantine on arrival. Meanwhile, unvaccinated Brits needed an essential reason to visit.
Under the new rules, travellers who are not fully jabbed can now once again visit France for non-essential reasons such as holidays, with no quarantine requirements. However, they will be required to show proof of a negative Covid test result; this can be either a PCR taken within 72 hours before departure, or an antigen test taken within 48 hours.
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The rules apply to anyone who is aged 12 and over, so it comes as a huge boost for families planning Easter holidays, whether that’s camping holidays in Provence or a city break in Paris.
It’s not just travel rules which are being relaxed in France.
The country has also been easing its local Covid restrictions, most notably having recently scrapped its vaccine pass requirements for the likes of bars, hotels and restaurants.
Under the changes, face masks are no longer mandatory in indoor and outdoor spaces, although they will still be required on all public transport in France.
There’s also some good news for families hoping to finally tick Disneyland Paris off the bucket list this year. Not only are character hugs and meets back, but getting to the resort just got easier as Eurostar has brought back its direct Disneyland Paris trains.
As an added bonus there’s plenty of extra magic as the theme park is also celebrating its 30th anniversary!
(If Mickey Mouse’s French home is of interest, then you may also want to check out our guide to the best Disneyland Paris deals…).
Meanwhile, the UK’s travel rules changed this month meaning that anyone arriving into the UK won’t need to take Covid tests or fill out a passenger locator form, no matter what their vaccination status.
This means that for fully vaccinated Brits, a trip to France doesn’t require any Covid testing on either side.
Travel restrictions are correct at the time of writing but these can change quickly during the pandemic. Always check the Foreign Office’s latest France travel advice before booking or going a trip as this will include important updates including entry rules and local Covid restrictions you may need to be aware of.
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