COVID-19: France to ease travel restrictions, boosting UK holidaymakers' hopes

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France is to ease its COVID border restrictions for several countries including the UK - but travellers will still need to have a negative test before arriving.

The foreign ministry said those flying to or from Australia, South Korea, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, the UK and Singapore will no longer need to have a compelling reason to travel.

All other restrictions, including the requirement for a negative test less than 72 hours before travel, would remain in
place, the ministry said, adding a decree was due to be published on March 12.

France tightened border restrictions on all but essential travel by people from outside the EU at the end of January. It did not include hauliers and groups such as healthworkers, students and diplomats.

Under Boris Johnson's roadmap out of lockdown, UK travel restrictions will not be eased any earlier than 17 May.