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France to ease travel restrictions for fully vaccinated in mid-term boost for Britons

February 9, 2022, 09:03

France is set to relax travel requirements for vaccinated travellers.

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France has announced it will soon ease travel restrictions for fully vaccinated travelers from outside the EU as part of a mid-term boost for Britons.

The country’s Europe minister said the country was set to drop the requirement for a negative Covid-19 test to enter the country.

Clément Beaune told France 2 TV: “We again required tests in December on the Omicron variant. In the coming days, we will announce that tests are no longer necessary for those vaccinated.”

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Travelers, including people who have had at least two stings, currently need proof of a negative test from the previous 48 hours to enter.

The easing is expected to come into effect before the UK mid-term holidays, which start on Friday for most schools.

The changes could therefore be a boost for people wishing to make the most of the holidays with international travel.

France would follow Greece and Portugal in removing this requirement.

It comes as countries across Europe are easing Covid restrictions as cases fall.

Morocco meanwhile dropped its blanket ban on arrivals to the UK from Monday.

However, passengers are still required to take a PCR test before departure within 48 hours, with the exception of children under the age of six.

Children under the age of 18 are also not required to use a vaccination passport.

The overseas relaxations come as rules for travelers to the UK are also set to ease.

From 4 a.m. on Friday, fully pitted arrivals will no longer need to take a lateral flow test on the second day.

For unvaccinated people, self-isolation and an eighth-day test will be waived.

They will only have to show a negative test on arrival and take a PCR test before the second day.