France holidays: FCO issues major update as France opens borders to tourists from tomorrow

France holidays can soon be an option once again as the country reopens. France went into lockdown back in March due to coronavirus and severely limited those allowed into the destination. From tomorrow, however, these strict rules are being relaxed by the French government.


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Journeys into France from the UK no longer have to be proved as “essential” from June 15.

The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated its travel advice in light of the changes.

The FCO explained: “From 15 June 2020, travellers arriving in France from the UK and wider European Area (EU, Andorra, Holy See, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino and Switzerland) will no longer be required to demonstrate their travel is essential or hold an international travel certificate.

“Arrivals from outside the European Area will still need to fill in the international travel certificate and produce evidence to support the essential nature of their travel.”

The government continued: “Arrivals from the UK, from Spain (air arrivals only, until 21 June) and from outside the European Area are asked to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival in mainland France.

“This does not apply to arrivals from the wider European Area.

“Full details and a list of exemptions to self-quarantine in France are set out in a Ministry of Interior press statement (in French) and its translation (in English).

“Travellers showing signs of a Covid-19 infection upon arrival in mainland France will have to carry out a mandatory 14-day quarantine at home or in a dedicated location indicated by the French authorities if home quarantine is not feasible.

“All travellers to French overseas territories will also have to carry out a mandatory 14-day quarantine.

“Border checks may also be in place at points on France’s land borders with Italy, Spain, Belgium and Germany.”

A number of non-essential establishments in France began to reopen from June 2.

Food shops, pharmacies, petrol stations, post offices, banks and most retailers are also now open.


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Travellers will need to remember that wearing masks on public transport is currently compulsory for all users aged 11 and over.

Masks are also compulsory in taxis and private hire vehicles without a plexiglass screen.

Although France may have relaxed certain travel restrictions, Britons are obliged to follow the UK government’s rules.

For now, this still means non-essential travel is not permitted.

The current COVID-19 Exceptional Travel Advisory Notice states: “The Foreign & Commonwealth Office currently advises British nationals against all but essential international travel.

“This advice is being kept under constant review.”

What’s more, those arriving in the UK will need to quarantine for 14 days in a bid to limit the spread of coronavirus. 

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