Can I travel to France from the UK? French confirm when border will reopen, test and vaccine rules

By Simon Meechan

Tourists will be allowed to travel from the UK to France again after a month-long ban.

France's tourism minister Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne announced that fully vaccinated travellers will be able to enter his country as long as they have proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken within 24 hours of departure.

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The requirement to isolate on arrival into France will be scrapped.

The move opens up ski holidays in the country, as well as family trips booked for the February 2022 half term holiday.

France will lift the ban on Friday January 14, allowing British tourists to travel there from that date onwards.

Ferry operators welcomed the move.

Brittany Ferries chief executive Christophe Mathieu said: "We’ve all suffered enormously over the last two years.

“Healthcare professionals are exhausted and businesses in the travel sector have struggled to survive.

“Thousands of Brittany Ferries passengers have been disrupted and millions of pounds in income has been lost as a consequence of draconian measures like border closures.”

Mr Mathieu went on to urge people to “embrace” coronavirus vaccines to “halt this cycle of pain and frustration”.

Abby Penlington, director at industry body Discover Ferries, said: “France is one of the most popular holiday destinations for Brits and traditionally January is a critical month for travel operators as people start to book summer holidays.

“While the ferry industry has continued to operate essential services across the Channel while the border remained closed, we’re confident that its reopening will provide a much-needed uplift in bookings.”

France took the step to ban non-essential travel to and from the UK on December 18 in response to concerns about the Omicron variant.

The UK eased its own restrictions last week, when it removed a requirement to take a pre-travel coronavirus test, and changed the rules so travellers can use cheaper lateral flow tests instead of PCR tests after they arrive into the UK, saving a family of four around £300 on fees.

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