France and United Kingdom increase police controls
The rules also required all persons arriving from the UK to present a negative PCR or antigen test performed within the previous 24 hours. In addition, Britons were required to quarantine in France for seven days, which would be reduced to 48 hours if they could present a new negative test.
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France reopens its borders to pleasure travel
From midnight Saturday (23H00 GMT Friday), travelers, whether vaccinated or not, will have to have “a compelling reason” to go to or return from the UK, present a negative diagnostic test and communicate an address in France, the government said in a statement.
In addition, the isolation will be indispensable on arrival, in a place chosen by the travelers “for seven days”, but can be “lifted after 48 hours” if the test carried out on arrival is negative, said the spokesman of the executive, Gabriel Attal.
French citizens and their families will not need a compelling reason to return from the UK, although they will have to meet the other requirements. France thus limits “tourist and professional” travel for non-residents.
In France, up to this moment, 240 cases of Omicron have been detected, but “there are probably more”, considered Attal, who justified the measure as a way to curb the spread while the booster vaccination is accelerated.
France reopens its borders with the UK
“Faced with the very rapid spread of the omicron variant in the UK, the [French] government is reinstating compelling reasons for travel to and from the UK and reinforcing the requirement for testing on departure and arrival,” it said in a statement.
The measure, which will come into force at 23H00 GMT on Friday, will apply to most travel, especially “tourism and professional travel,” although exceptions such as exchange students and the death of a family member are provided for.
Citizens resident in France and their families will also be able to return from the UK — and vice versa — as well as residents of other European Union (EU) countries who need to pass through French territory to reach their homes.
To enter France, travelers, whether vaccinated or not, will have to meet other requirements such as presenting a negative diagnostic test of less than 24 hours and communicating an address, where they will have to be quarantined for seven days.
The spokesman for the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, questioned measures such as red lists of countries to curb the importation of ichor from abroad, because “it is already spreading all over the world”.
Faced with the Omicron variant, France is tightening the
Upon arrival at the airport you will be welcomed and transferred to the hotel to enjoy some free time. In the afternoon, you will be provided with information so that you can start your tour or simply through the information papers located at the hotel reception.
After breakfast at the hotel, you will have free time throughout the day to enjoy Paris to the fullest. Optional excursions will be suggested such as a boat trip on the Seine River, a visit to the Latin Quarter or the Cathedral.
Once we have had breakfast, we will start a city tour of London, visiting peculiar places of the area such as the Parliament, the City or the Thames. We will have the whole afternoon at leisure, in which we can take the opportunity to visit the valley of the River Thames, the town of Windsor and its colossal castle. In the evening and at the agreed time, we will start a walking tour through the streets of Leicester Square, China Town and Soho. At the end of this tour, we will return to the hotel by coach.