After the government in Paris lifted a transit ban, Britons who wish to return to their homes in EU countries after spending Christmas with friends and relatives in the UK will be free to do so through France.
Since the 18th of December, non-essential travel from the United Kingdom to France has been mostly banned in an effort to combat the rising number of COVID-19 cases caused by the highly transmissible Omicron variant.
On Thursday, France reported 206,243 new coronavirus infections in the most recent 24-hour period, surpassing 200,000 for the second day in a row as Omicron spreads.
New French regulations prohibited British nationals from driving across the country to homes in other EU countries via the Eurotunnel, Eurostar, or ferry.
On December 30, the French authorities indicated that UK nationals living in other EU member states who traveled to the UK for the Christmas holiday will be able to transit France over the New Year holiday to return to their home country.
Under ‘essential reasons’ to travel, transit through the international zone of an airport for less than 24 hours is listed.
Despite the fact that Britons are allowed to travel via France to reach their residences abroad, British citizens are still mostly prohibited from visiting the country unless they have a “compelling reason.”
Meanwhile, starting at 11 p.m. on Monday, January 3rd, Germany will relax its restriction on UK tourists visiting the country.
Anyone who is completely vaccinated or has a compelling reason to visit will be permitted entry into Germany. Those who have been fully vaccinated will not require a negative COVID test or a 14-day quarantine.
The laws, which took effect on December 19, prohibited airlines from transporting British visitors to Germany.