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France scraps Covid test requirement for vaccinated Britons


France has scrapped the coronavirus test requirement for Britons traveling across the Channel.

Previously anyone traveling from the UK to France would have had to take a Covid test before travelling, but the rules have now been relaxed ahead of mid-term.

Guillaume Bazard, Consul General of France in London, announced the change on Twitter: “From February 12, tests will no longer be necessary for travelers with a full cycle of vaccination traveling from (United Kingdom) to (the France).”

France considers as fully vaccinated anyone who has received their last dose in the last nine months.

Unvaccinated Britons must still have a “compelling reason” to travel to France, as well as a negative Covid test taken less than 48 hours before departure.

Children under 12 are exempt from the requirements.

The move comes after the UK significantly relaxed its rules for travelers arriving from 4am on Friday.

Fully vaccinated people no longer need to take a lateral flow test after arrival, while unvaccinated arrivals still need to take tests but no longer need to self-isolate.

This means that no test is required in either direction for bitten holidaymakers.

Hundreds of thousands of people in the UK are embarking on mid-term overseas trips, with French ski resorts in high demand.

Cross-Channel rail operator Eurostar said more than 125,000 people had been booked to travel between the UK and the mainland over the school holidays.

France’s decision came after Spain announced it would drop its entry requirements for passengers aged 12 to 17 from non-EU countries, such as the UK, to be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.

The Spanish change comes into effect on Monday.

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