France eases Covid travel restrictions, but no hope yet for ski holidays


British people travelling for work can visit France again after the country’s Covid rules were relaxed slightly for the first time since a near-total ban on visitors from the UK was put in place last month amid a surge in omicron cases. 

Travel is still only allowed for essential reasons, but business trips are now permitted with immediate effect as long as the traveller has a letter from their employer stating that the visit cannot be postponed.

British citizens with a home in another EU country are now also formally permitted to pass through France.

The changes were welcomed by Alexandre Holroyd, a French MP, who said it was “a first step in easing travel restrictions, which I continue to advocate”.

Travellers will still need to present proof of full vaccination and a negative Covid test taken within 24 hours, plus all the existing paperwork. 


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