UK tourists banned from travelling to France from Saturday
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France has barred British citizens from entering the country to protect its people from the Omicron variant, it was announced today.
The French government said it will close its borders to both British tourists and business travellers from Saturday 18 December, unless they can prove they have “compelling reasons” to cross the Channel.
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The new rules will not apply to French nationals and their spouses, however, who will still be allowed to return home for Christmas.
Anybody with a planned holiday to France has been urged to postpone their trip.
There will be an “obligation for all travellers from the UK to register, prior to their trip, on a digital platform allowing them to enter the address of their stay in France”, the French government added.
French government spokesman Gabriel Attal told BFM television the latest measures will include asking people wishing to enter France to provide a negative PCR test 24 hours prior to departure rather than within the previous 48-hour window.
He said they will then have to test again upon arrival and isolate for at least 48 hours “at a place they choose” pending the result.
In response, UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps tweeted that hauliers will be exempt from the controls.
“To confirm, I have liaised with my French counterpart, and hauliers will remain exempt,” he wrote.
The news comes as the U.K scraps its red list due to the spread of omicron making the measures redundant, and also as 17 other countries ban U.K. travellers for entering under non-essential reasons.
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