Vaccinated visitors will no longer need a compelling reason to visit France and won't need to self-isolate for 10 days
The French government has announced that travel restrictions against Britain will be relaxed from Friday. This change comes in the wake of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) questioning whether border closings will have any impact on the spread of new variants of COVID-19.
Now, vaccinated visitors will no longer need a compelling reason to visit France and won't need to self-isolate for 10 days. But a negative COVID-19, within 24 hours of the flight will be needed for all passengers. For the non-vaccinated, they need to provide a compelling reason to visit and will need to self-isolate for 10 days.
World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) have stated that once a variant is already endemic in a country, border closure seems pointless and will only damage the hardest sector, the travel and tourism sector's livelihoods. With statistics showing British visitors being 14 per cent of all overseas visitors in France and with international travel being worth more than 68 billion USD, it is sensible to ease travel restrictions to mitigate and recover the effects on restrictions due to COVID-19.
For 2022, there are already 2,179 flights scheduled between France and the UK in January, providing 367,164 seats, which is already up by 144 per cent from last year, but still only two-thirds of the pre-pandemic figures from January 2019.
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