Can I go on vacation to France and Ireland this summer? When do hotels open and how do I travel?



HOLIDAYS abroad are in limbo as countries remain stuck in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced Sunday’s next step in British plans to tackle the deadly virus.

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Eurostar offers a reduced service but non-essential trips are still prohibited4
Eurostar offers a reduced service but non-essential travel is still prohibitedCredit: AFP or licensors

And the British leader has revealed that passengers arriving in the UK will have to be quarantined for 14 days, even if they return from British nationality.

But there are slightly different rules for Ireland and France …

When can I go on vacation to France?

The French government has not given an official date for the return of tourists.

The country locked out on March 19 and began to lift its lockout restrictions.

This does not include international tourists, with the majority of the country facing strict measures until at least July.

Borders remain closed to all non-essential travelers, while some fear it will be 2021 before tourism returns.

However, there is good news, as the 14-day quarantine for arrival is lifted between the United Kingdom and France.

France lifts some elements of its locking but many regions should not return to normality for months4
France lifts some elements of its locking but many regions should not return to normality for monthsCredit: AFP or licensors

Do the flights or Eurostar work?

Limited flights still operate to and from France, but these are mainly essential trips.

Anyone on the flight must not only have a travel document confirming that they are authorized to travel, but must only be a health worker or a resident in France.

Paris Orly Airport remains closed.

The UK still does not recommend non-essential travel and air travel is not included.

Airlines expected to resume limited hours by next month – Ryanair and Jet2 hope to restart flights while BA hopes to resume 50% by summer.

Eurostar also works, but face masks have been applied and the schedule is limited.

Are hotels and accommodations open in France?

Hotels have not opened yet – only stores and markets have recently opened.

Bars and restaurants hope to open next month, but hotels have not given an official opening date, as have campsites and vacation homes.

When can I go on holiday to Ireland?

Northern Ireland remains stuck with new measures introduced by Boris Johnson in place.

However, there is no resumption date for the holidays.

The Republic of Ireland hopes to conduct its last reopening phase by August, which means that summer vacations may be scheduled for the end of the summer months.

Outdoor meetings between different households could take place next week, the majority of the country being open in August, including pubs.

Holidays in Ireland could be planned for the summer, hotels opening in July4
Holidays in Ireland could be planned for the summer, hotels opening in JulyCredit: PA: Press Association

Are there flights to Ireland?

Limited flights are in progress, with the majority of routes used by Ryanair.

However, these are only for essential travel.

The 14-day quarantine imposed on arrivals to the United Kingdom will not include visitors from Ireland.

Are hotels open in Ireland?

Hotels are closed in Ireland, although they could open by July 20, as well as inns and caravan parks, according to new government guidelines.

However, this may change at the last minute and will offer reduced operations.

This means that the hotel bars will remain closed and should not open until a later date.

The holidays in Turkey exploded in popularity for the British – but not before 2021.

We have explained to you when you could go on vacation in Europe again, depending on the country.

However, this is based on forecasts from government and tourism officials and is subject to change at the last minute.


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