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Why has France imposed a ban on British travellers?

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Friday 31 December 2021 21:30
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<p>Only a ‘compelling reason’ is permitted for travel from the UK to France</p>

Only a ‘compelling reason’ is permitted for travel from the UK to France

Q Is there any justification for the travel ban that France has imposed on the UK, and also for the testing requirements on return to the UK?

Dan C

A France closed its borders to UK visitors on Saturday 18 December. The Interior Ministry in Paris said the move was “in response to the extremely swift spread of the Omicron variant in the UK”. The ban applies regardless of the traveller’s vaccination status. Only a “compelling reason” is permitted for travel from the UK to France. Being French is justification. But all holidays and business trips for British travellers, as well as most family visits, are off until further notice.

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