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France To Ease UK Travel Restrictions On Friday

France said it will ease coronavirus curbs introduced last month on travellers from Britain, enabling vaccinated tourists to visit from Friday providing they have a negative test, IgbereTV reports.

The government has decided to end a blanket ban on non-essential travel, announced on December 16 when “the epidemic was spreading at a spectacular rate in the United Kingdom,” the prime minister’s office said Thursday.

Paris was concerned about the spread of the Omicron variant at the time, but daily recorded cases of Covid-19 in France have since surpassed those in Britain.

“The wide circulation today of the variant in both countries has led the government to make the following changes,” the statement from Jean Castex’s office said.

All travellers from the UK will have to show a negative PCR or antigen test taken 24 hours before their departure.

The decision will allow thousands of winter-sports enthusiasts to head to the French Alps, popular with British skiers who had to cancel holidays booked over the Christmas and New Year period.

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