Passengers arriving from an international flight before being tested for Covid-19 at Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport in Roissy, France, yesterday (Picture: EPA/Rex)
Ski trips, family reunions, and booze cruises to Calais could soon be back on with France expected to relax strict border rules for those coming from the UK.
Travellers have been banned from going to or coming from the UK since December 18 due to the spread of the Omicron variant.
Last week, the rules were partially relaxed to allow some business travel, but holidaymakers or those deemed ‘non-essential’ were still not allowed in.
Now, politicians and the travel industry are preparing for the French ban to be lifted from as early as this weekend.
Alexandre Holroyd, a French National Assembly member who represents the country’s expatriates living in the UK, said a ‘significant easing of travel restrictions will be announced very soon’.
He added that details will be confirmed ‘in the days to come’.
The change will come as a particular boost to people who have booked ski holidays, as the French Alps are a top destination for British holidaymakers.
Morzine ski resort in the French Alps (Picture: Alamy)
This will be a major boost to winter sports travel firms, particularly ahead of the vital February half-term period when many choose to go away.
Families who were unable to reunite over Christmas and New Year due to the rules will also now have a chance to see each other.
One travel agent, Ski Line, is selling ski trips from the UK to France departing this Saturday in anticipation of the travel ban being axed.
The Kent-based firm said: ‘French holidays could be back on this weekend.
‘We are expecting the French government to make an announcement this Wednesday to confirm that British vaccinated skiers can enter France from this Saturday.’
The firm told potential customers they could be ‘one of the few lucky skiers in France this weekend’, adding that they will get a full refund before Friday if no announcement on the travel ban being lifted is made.
People currently allowed to enter France from the UK are required to show evidence of a negative coronavirus test taken within 24 hours before departure.
They must also self-isolate for 48 hours after they arrive and then take another test.
The UK eased its own travel restrictions last week.
People who are fully vaccinated no longer need to take a coronavirus test before they arrive in the UK, and can take a cheaper and quicker lateral flow test rather than a PCR after they arrive.
The changes save a family of four around £300.
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