Over eight and a half million Britons visit France each year, but this year is an exception. The coronavirus has shaken the foundations of travel as we know it and could mean that the 2020 vacation is out of place. Here’s everything you need to know to travel to France from the UK.
Is France still blocked?
Last week, France eased its lock. They call it “deconfinement”, which roughly translates to “unblocking”.
Before that, the French had to carry a certificate to prove who they were and what they were doing at home.
Residents can now leave their homes as much as they like for any reason.
However, those in France are only allowed to travel up to 100 kilometers from their home, and gatherings are limited to 10 people.
About 20 percent of elementary school children have returned to school, and stores, malls and hairdressers have reopened.
Public transport is becoming more frequent, but the rush hour metro in Paris is reserved for workers with the necessary documents.
Bars and restaurants in the “green zone”, where the virus is less present, could reopen on June 2. More information will be posted on this at the end of this month.
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Are there still flights to France? And Eurostar?
Yes, there are both Eurostar flights and services between the UK and France.
British Airways still flies from London Heathrow to Paris Charles de Gaulle.
Air France also flies over the English Channel and all passengers are required to wear a mask.
A thermal test will also be carried out on each passenger.
Ryanair could also fly back to France in July, but it is not certain which airports it will be.
The Eurostar is still in action between London St Pancras and Paris Gare du Nord, and passengers must now wear face masks.
Eurotunnel and ferries also work, but service is extremely limited. You must have a good reason for entering the country, no matter how you get there.
When can I go to France?
Travel to France is doubly limited by the FCO and the French government.
You will not be able to travel to France for a vacation until the advice changes.
The end of July was advanced by experts as the nearest date for a flight to France.
Nor would it be a normal holiday, travelers would likely be quarantined for two weeks upon arrival in France, as well as upon return to the United Kingdom.
France has imposed a 14-day quarantine for those arriving in the country outside the EU or countries in the Schengen area.
Spain has also implemented a mandatory quarantine for all arrivals from Europe and France.