FRANCE has hinted its UK travel ban will be eased soon as a growing number of countries show Britons may soon be welcome.
Members of France’s ministerial cabinet have agreed to lift rules that prevent some Britons from entering the country, despite more than 330,000 new Covid cases recorded locally.
French Government spokesman Gabriel Attal said essential workers have now been allowed to travel to France.
He admits that this will help many people who want to visit France for work after “the list of compelling reasons, especially for expertise” is expanded.
Many are still eagerly awaiting more information on when the regulations will be changed for tourists.
France announced travel ban on December 16stating that all arrivals must have “an essential reason to travel to or from the UK, both unvaccinated and vaccinated”.
At the time, this did not include recreational or professional reasons.
While countries slowly move to removal restrictions, the rules for entering the UK will be eased on Sundayafter the pre-departure test was scrapped.
As of Friday, visitors were able to return to the UK without having to test for Covidprovided they have been vaccinated.
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The quarantine rule – which requires arrivals to be quarantined until they receive their test results on the second day – has also been scrapped.
As the UK relaxes tourist expectations amid the Omicron outbreak, the opportunity for impending holiday plans is increasingly likely.
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Britons are still banned in some countries almost two years after the pandemic began but a better understanding of the risks has been taken into consideration.
Germany recently reopened to Britonsafter it imposed strict pre-Christmas rules.
Vaccinated Britons can now enter the country by presenting proof of vaccination.
Unvaccinated Britons can only enter Germany if they are German citizens or residents, if they are married to a German citizen or resident, or if they have an urgent need to travel.
For eligible Britons entering Germany who have not been fully vaccinated, proof of a negative Covid test result must be provided.
They are then subjected to 10 days of quarantine, with the option of testing for release after five days.
France has confirmed that it will ease travel restrictions for the British.
However, it is not yet known when the restrictions will be lifted.
Currently, only Britons traveling for essential reasons can visit France, regardless of whether they have been vaccinated or not.
Travelers for an essential reason, for example, to see a dying loved one, must present a negative PCR or antigen test results performed within 24 hours of departure.
Upon arrival, you must quarantine for 48 hours, after which you must have a negative PCR test or antigen test to get out of quarantine.
If there is no negative test result, you must isolate for 10 days.
Those arriving will have to provide contact details to the French authorities and complete an sworn statement certifying that they do not suffer from Covid symptoms.
Everyone must wear masks indoors and on public transport.
Dutch authorities classify the UK as a ‘very high risk area’.
Fully vaccinated Britons must provide proof of vaccination and a negative Covid test.
All travelers arriving from the UK, regardless of vaccination status or possessing a negative test result, are required to self-isolate for 10 days.
This can be reduced if the person receives a negative test result from the Dutch authorities on Thursday.
UK citizens who are legally residing in the Netherlands can re-enter the country regardless of their immunization status, but will need to present a residence permit or certificate of application .
Only vaccinated Britons can enter Spain and they do not need to be tested or quarantined.
To enter the country, you must show proof of being fully vaccinated and your second shot must be at least two weeks before you travel.
Passengers must fill out an online form and may have their temperature checked, eye health assessment or testing tested on arrival.
Children under 12 years old do not need to show proof of full vaccinations to enter Spain.
Britons can enter Portugal but must fill out an online passenger locator form.
To get on board, Britons aged 12 and over must either have an antigen test done within 48 hours of departure or a PCR test within 72 hours of departure.
If your temperature is 38°C or higher or you are showing signs of being unwell, you may have to take a Covid test and wait at the airport until you get your results.
The UK is on the red list of Cyprus as the country tries to curb the spread of Covid.
All travelers 12 years of age and older to Cyprus must complete an online application form and have a negative PCR test result within 48 hours prior to departure.
Visitors must then take a second PCR test as soon as they land at the airport in Cyprus, which costs between €15 and €19.
Britons must self-isolate in their accommodation until they receive their test results – which should be within three hours.
If the results are positive, they must be isolated and wait for instructions from the Ministry of Health.
If the PCR test results at the airport are negative, Britons must complete daily self-tests for five days.
If the test result is positive, the Ministry of Health must be contacted.
After they have been in Cyprus for 72 hours, and provided they have negative self-test results from the previous days, they must undergo a rapid test at a mobile unit of the Ministry of Health. This is free for those who present their boarding pass at the test site.
Children under 12 years old are exempt from testing.
Vaccinated Britons can enter Italy without needing to self-isolate.
They must fill out a passenger locator form prior to arrival and present proof of a negative PCR result or an antigen test performed within 48 hours prior to entry into Italy.
Unvaccinated Britons must also do the same, but in addition, must notify Italian authorities of their entry.
They must then travel to their final destination by private transport, self-quarantine for five days, and take another Covid test at the end of their isolation period.
Children under the age of 18 do not need to be isolated if accompanied by a parent who is fully vaccinated and has a negative Covid test.
Regardless of your immunization status, anyone arriving in Italy may be required to have a random Covid test upon arrival until January 31.
Children under the age of six are exempt from testing.
All Britons aged six and over must fill out a passenger locator form before arriving in Greece and must present proof of a negative PCR or antigen test result.
People arriving in Greece may be required to take a rapid Covid test. If the test is positive, you and the people you are traveling with will have to self-isolate in an isolation hotel provided by the Greek state.
The length of time you need to isolate depends on your vaccination status.
Vaccinated travelers to the United States must present a negative antigen or PCR test performed within one day of departure.
Unvaccinated Britons cannot enter the US.
Masks are mandatory on planes, trains, buses and at airports.
All Britons arriving in Turkey aged six or over must complete an online form.
Those 12 years of age and older must then demonstrate that they are fully immunized, have recently recovered from Covid, or show a negative PCR or antigen test result.
All arrivals will receive a medical assessment for Covid symptoms, including temperature checks.
Attendees may also be subjected to random PCR testing.
It’s been quite an uncomfortable time for Kiwis stuck abroad in hopes of going home to New Zealand.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has toyed with the idea of abandoning the intense MIQ system currently operating in Aotearoa, however, the Omicron variant has made people reluctant to offer clemency.
The three-phase border system is expected to allow citizens and visa holders from Australia to enter the country in January, followed by New Zealanders based in other parts of the world and then opening border gate for all tourists.
But as of the latest variation, the first wave is expected to continue holding its breath until at least the end of February.
This is without a doubt expected to push back when other groups are able to enter without being subject to an ambiguous quarantine period.
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