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British tourists banned from France from this weekend due to Omicron

FRANCE will ban all non-essential travel to and from the UK from this weekend.

The French government says new rules are being applied to slow the spread of the Omicron variant Covid-19 that is causing a record number of cases in the UK.

France will ban non-essential travel to and from the UK from this weekend

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France will ban non-essential travel to and from the UK from this weekendCredit: AP

From midnight Saturday (11pm Friday UK time) there will be a “requirement to have an essential reason to travel to or from the UK, both for those who have not been immunized and who have been vaccinations”.

“People cannot travel for touristic or professional reasons,” the French government said in a statement.

“Faced with the extremely rapid spread of the Omicron variant in the UK, the government has chosen to revive demand for an essential reason for travel from and to the UK.”

It added that French and EU citizens could still return to France from the UK and passengers would be able to transit through France if the duration was less than 24 hours.

And Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said he spoke with his equivalent in the French government, Jean-Baptiste Djebbari, and agreed that carriers would be exempt from the new restrictions.

French government spokesman Gabriel Attal told BFMTV: “We are going to put in place a much stricter control system than the one we already have.”

Attal said the policy is intended to “tighten the net” to slow the emergence of Omicron cases in France and give time for France’s booster vaccination campaign to gain more ground.

“Our strategy is to delay as much as possible the development of Omicron in our country and take advantage of it to accelerate the intensification process,” he said.

In addition, returning travelers will need to have a negative test result in less than 24 hours and will be subject to blanket quarantine upon their return to France.

“Everyone (returning) will have to register on an app and will have to self-isolate in a place of their choice for seven days – controlled by security forces – but this could be shortened to 48 hours if completed.” negative results are done in France,” he said.

New rules from France called coronavirus UK infections reach 78,610 confirmed cases yesterday – up more than 10,000 from the January high.

Omicron infections also nearly doubled overnight, jumping from 5,346 to 10,017.

Everyone was urged last night cut down on drinking with friends and colleagues if they want to see their family for Christmas.

After the restrictions were announced, health minister Gillian Keegan told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “My first thought was ‘I’m glad I canceled my trip to France,’ because that was it. where I was supposed to go for Christmas.

“But, of course, every government is dealing with Omicron, every government has to make their decision and have their response to it, you know.

“It’s obviously going to change people’s plans, which is very unfortunate.”

Paul Charles, chief executive officer of the travel consultancy The PC Agency, added: “The livestock country measures are a disastrous step backwards and never work.

“Omicron is already present in France and other EU countries. Why should millions of boosters be treated like the unvaccinated and prevented from entering?”

And ABTA chief executive Mark Tanzer said: “Reports that France will introduce a temporary ban on most travel from the UK will be a blow to the winter travel industry. , which is under extreme pressure following the new Omicron restrictions.

“The winter sports and school tourism markets are particularly vulnerable, and the Government must now come up with a support package if we don’t have to see corporate failures and job losses. “

Restrictions are being put in place to limit the spread of the Omicron Covid variant

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Restrictions are being put in place to limit the spread of the Omicron Covid variantCredit: AP
Trips to Paris are subject to departures for Britons - unless you have a very good reason

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Trips to Paris are subject to departures for Britons – unless you have a very good reasonCredit: Getty

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Tom Vazquez

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