France Eases Restrictions for UK Travelers

France has reopened its borders to travelers from the UK once again.

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Vaccinated travelers from the United Kingdom will no longer need to present a compelling reason and will not need to self-isolate to enter France starting Friday.

Travelers will still be required to present a negative COVID-19 test taken within 24 hours of arrival in France and UK travelers who are not vaccinated will still be required to isolate and may not enter France without essential reason, Reuters reported.

France had originally closed its border to travelers from the UK on Dec. 17, as cases of COVID-19 were spiking in the wake of the omicron variant. Germany had also followed suit by restricting entry to travelers from the UK, which was seeing a record numbers of cases.

In the UK, COVID-19 cases have begun to decline, down 19% in the past week according to the Government's COVID-19 data. This comes as scientists believe the UK has reached its peak, and offer that cases may start to rapidly decline, The Associated Press reported.

Germany, the UK, and France still welcome American tourists but have each implemented stricter travel protocols in the last few weeks. Since both countries are so close and easily accessible on the Eurostar train, U.S. travelers often combine them in one vacation.

Germany requires all travelers over 12 years to be fully vaccinated to enter, while France is now requiring all visitors traveling from the U.S. to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken within 48 hours of boarding a flight. And the UK no longer requires vaccinated travelers to present a negative test upon arrival, other requirements are still in place.

As of now, Germany will keep all existing COVID-19 restrictions in place, including the restriction of tourists from the UK.

The United States has also tightened its entry requirements, requiring all incoming international travelers to get tested within one day of boarding a flight, rather than the previous requirement of 72 hours for vaccinated travelers.

Alison Fox is a contributing writer for Travel + Leisure. When she's not in New York City, she likes to spend her time at the beach or exploring new destinations and hopes to visit every country in the world. Follow her adventures on Instagram.

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