France has lifted travel restrictions on arrivals into the country from the United Kingdom, effective Friday, Jan. 14. In December, France had joined most countries in imposing travel bans in an attempt to stem the spread of the omicron variant of COVID-19.
Now that omicron has become the dominant strain of the virus across the world, travel restrictions and lockdowns have become superfluous, as most new cases are coming from community transmission.
“The wide circulation today of the variant in both countries has led the government to make the following changes,” said French Prime Minister Jean Castex in a statement.
France’s tourism minister Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne took to Twitter to confirm the removal of the UK ban. Fully vaccinated UK travelers will no longer need to have a “compelling reason” to enter France, and will not have to self-isolate on arrival.
However they will need to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test, taken 24 hours before leaving the UK.
Unvaccinated arrivals will have to quarantine for 10 days at an address that must be registered with security forces, according to a press release from the prime minister’s office.