France reopens borders to non-vaccinated tourists in time for Easter holidays

It’s great news for people wanting to jet away for a last-minute Easter holiday break as France have updated their covid travel rules.

From today (March 31), the UK will be placed on the green list –having been on the orange list for months.

It was confirmed by country’s consul général in London that the relaxation of the list means those who are non-vaccinated will also be able to enter the country without a compelling reason –a rule that has been in place for almost a year since July 2021.

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Guillaume Bazard said: “On 03/31 the United Kingdom will be placed on the green list.

“Abolition of compelling reasons for non-vaccinated travelers, who will have to present a negative test (72-hour PCR or 48-hour TAG) –entry into force upon publication in the Official Journal.”



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The news comes as First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced Scotland will be ditching the legal need to wear face masks as of April 18 –and just in time for the Easter holidays.

Before today, previous rules meant that those without a vaccine had to fill out an international travel certificate to prove the reason for essential travel. This however didn’t apply to children under 18 who are accompanied by vaccinated adults.

According to The Independent, vaccinated travelers will also no longer need to submit a’declaration sur l’honneur’ (sworn declaration) confirming a lack of Covid symptoms and that they have not been in contact with a confirmed case 14 days prior to traveling.

Instead, they can enter with proof of vaccination alone.

Now, travelers who have had one vaccine –or not at all –will only need to provide a PCR test result taken within the last 72 hours, or an antigen test result from within the past 48 prior to travel.

However there are tight rules when it comes to when the vaccine has been administered.

It means travelers must have had their second vaccine administered at least seven days prior to travel whilst the second vaccine will also have an expiration date of 270 –or nine months.

This means that if you fall without these times, you must have a booster in order to be deemed fully vaccinated.

Children under 12 continue to be exempt from the testing and proof of vaccination requirement.

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