PARIS — France is easing COVID-related travel restrictions to and from seven countries, including the U.K., the foreign ministry announced on Thursday.
Five weeks after banning all travel outside Schengen except for a short list of “imperative” reasons, France has lifted those restrictions for outgoing and incoming travel from the U.K., Australia, South Korea, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore.
The press release said it was going forward with this easing because of “the widespread presence of the British variant in France and the specific health situation in these countries.”
Some of them have some of the highest rates of vaccination in the world, while others have extremely low numbers of infections.
Travellers to and from those destinations will still have to show a recent negative PCR test, that is less than 72 hours old.
For the rest of the countries still subject to the requirement of an “imperative” reason, French authorities have made new allowances for family situations.
Married couples or couples with a civil union with one partner living outside the Schengen zone for professional reasons, will be allowed to travel to see each other. The same applies to separated couples with children and minors attending school in France while their families live abroad.
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