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Covid-19: Quarantine-Free Travel From France Resumes As UK Changes Rules

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Fully vaccinated people can now visit France without quarantining on their return to the UK, after travel rule changes came into force.

On Thursday, Brittany Ferries stated that it received a ‘surge’ of bookings following the rule changes. However, travel agents stated that the relaxation of quarantine for one of the IK’s most popular destinations came ‘too late to save the summer’. In the meantime, travellers in Mexico had to rush back to avoid hotel quarantine.

Under the new rules in the UK’s traffic light system for travel, the rules have been relaxed for a dozen countries. France moved from its own amber-plus category to the amber list meaning that children and fully vaccinated passengers do not have to quarantine on their return, although unvaccinated travellers still have to self-isolate at home for 10 days.

Amongst those who will benefit from the rule changes is Emma Wood, who lives in Laon, France. Her parents, from Northallerton, North Yorkshire, are planning to visit France next week to meet Emma’s six-month-old daughter for the first time. She said, “We’re so pleased but we daren’t get our hopes up until they’re here. They were going to come before but then they introduced the new amber-plus list. My mum has been desperate to see her granddaughter.”

Londoner Kyle Frank has also booked a trip after the change had been announced. He plans to drive to Nice because he feels it is safer than taking a plane -and so he can bring his puppy, Indy, with him. He told the BBC, “It would have been great to book it before but everything has been changing so rapidly it’s hard to understand when it will be safe to travel. So I’m trying to go now while I can. There’s no quarantine when I get back to London so I can get straight back to work.”

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