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France reopens to most EU countries on 15 June


France reopened its borders without quarantine restrictions to European countries on 15 June – but the move excludes visitors from countries with their own quarantine rules. Any quarantine rules will be mirrored and travel restrictions between the UK and France remain.

The announcement to reopen French borders follows phase 2 of France’s lockdown relaxation plan, which included the opening of restaurants, cafés and bars, almost three months after the country went into lockdown. On Sunday, President Emmanuel Macron also stated that Paris – where restrictions had remained in place – would join the rest of the country in phase 2.

The UK Foreign Office is still advising against all non-essential travel for British nationals, so this latest update on travel to France does not apply to the UK. Even if this advice were to change, Brits travelling to France would currently be subject to a 14-day quarantine that reflects the UK government’s own quarantine on arrival restrictions. 

France’s tourism minister, Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, stated last week that it would be beneficial if the UK-France restrictions were lifted by the end of June. Emmanuel Macron is due to visit the UK this week and there has been speculation that his trip may be tied to a further announcement regarding travel between the UK and France.

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