As the world watches how the new Omicron variant impacts the U.K. where 78,610 Covid total cases of all strains were reported yesterday, the highest number recorded since the start of the pandemic, the French government has decided to act.
From Saturday, December 18, new rules will take effect for travelers arriving from the U.K. to France, including a mandatory 48-hour quarantine and having a compelling reason to visit.
Government spokesman Gabriel Attal announced today that “We are going to put in place even more drastic border controls with the United Kingdom.”
Whether travelers are vaccinated or not, an antigen test or PCR of less than 24 hours will be necessary from Saturday to anyone returning from the U.K., who will also have to respect a compulsory quarantine of 7 days on arrival to French territory. The isolation period can end after 48 hours if a new negative PCR test is proven.
As well, those arriving from the U.K. will need to have a compelling reason to travel to France, and in this case still adhere to the new measures. Tourism travel will be prohibited from Saturday.
French nationals and their families will still be able to return to France but will face a period of isolation on arrival, which can be lifted after 48 hours if they can show a new negative test.