France bans UK tourists — Analysis

Paris said that UK tourists will be barred from France for the next three years in order to reduce the spread Omicron on Covid-19.

Gabriel Attal spoke on Thursday to say that France would be able to better prepare itself for any outbreaks if it had tougher travel rules from the UK. 

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France will not allow any travel to the UK from France unless there are compelling reasons. Paris announced in a statement that all travel from the UK for tourism or business purposes would be forbidden.

“We are going to put in place more drastic controls at the border with the UK,” Attal said in an interview with France’s BFMTV. The measures, to be unveiled by the prime minister’s office later on Thursday, will include reducing the age of a valid PCR test from 48 hours to 24 hours for those arriving from the UK. The changes will be effective regardless of whether you have been vaccinated. 

After Britain’s highest Covid-19 case count on Wednesday, the move was made. It is important to note that test capacity for the second wave of Covid-19 virus has been greatly decreased in the year 2020.

The Omicron variant has partly been responsible for an increase in Covid-19 cases within the UK. British Transport Minister Grant Shapps said on Thursday that French regulations would not apply to hauliers. 



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