France to relax travel restrictions from this weekend
by Jessica Pook
France is relaxing its travel restrictions for all British travellers from Saturday January 15.
The new rules mean fully-vaccinated travellers will no longer need a 'compelling reason' to enter France. The need to self-isolate or take a test upon arrival has also been suspended.
Travellers will still be required to present a negative Covid-19 antigen or PCR test, taken 24 hours before leaving the UK.
And non-vaccinated travellers will still need a 'compelling reason' to enter France and still isolate for 10 days upon arrival.
France introduced a ban on UK arrivals on December 18 in light of rising Omicron cases in the UK.
Following the announcement, Jet2.com has reported an immediate surge in searches and bookings for ski holidays and will resume ski flights to Lyon, Chambery and Grenoble from 22nd January, alongside flights and city breaks to Paris from February 11.
What’s more, clients booking a package holiday with Jet2CityBreaks can take advantage of £50 off per person on all city breaks booked by February 7 through Jet2CityBreaks.
Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays welcomed today’s announcement, saying: “This is the positive news that skiers and snowboarders have been looking forward to, and the spike in bookings for ski flights has been both sharp and immediate.
“This is yet more great news for the travel industry and further reinforces our already strong belief that 2022 is a year to look forward to with real confidence.”
Julia Simpson, WTTC President & CEO said: “ Once a variant is endemic closing borders is pointless and only damages livelihoods especially in travel and tourism, one of the hardest hit sectors during the pandemic.
“France is one of the biggest markets for UK tourists who, according to WTTC’s 2021 Economic Impact Report, account for 14% of overseas visitors.”