Travel news live: France lifts UK travel ban today

France will lift its general ban on British travelers from today.

Tourists from the UK who have been fully vaccinated will be allowed to re-enter the country for the first time since December 18, without having to provide a “compelling reason” to travel or isolate themselves on arrival.

Travelers must provide a negative result from a Covid test – which can be a lateral flow or PCR test – taken in the 24 hours prior to departure.

The lifting of the ban was confirmed yesterday by French Minister Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, who announced that a decree amending the rules would be published today, with the relaxation of restrictions taking effect immediately from then on.

While Mr. Lemoyne has not given any timing for the change, the independentThe travel reporter, Simon Calder, arrived in France at 4 am this morning and was able to pass through border control without any problems.

The lifting of the travel ban precedes strict new rules for vaccine passports, which will be introduced in France from January 17.

As of Monday, visitors must be fully vaccinated — including a booster shot if their second dose was given more than seven months earlier — to access most indoor locations.

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Helen CoffeeJanuary 14, 2022 08:04

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Two Ryanair planes narrowly avoided crash, investigation shows

Two Ryanair planes suffered a near miss at Malaga airport two years ago, an investigation has concluded, nearly colliding in what investigators have termed a “serious incident”.

The official investigation by the Spanish Civil Aviation Authority found yesterday that an air traffic controller at Andalusia airport had cleared a Ryanair flight to land on a runway from which another Ryanair flight had been cleared to take off.

The distance between the two Boeing 737s was, at its shortest, 520 meters – 16 percent of the minimum recommended safety margin, which is the length of the runway (3,200 meters).

Lucy ThackrayJanuary 13, 2022 17:06

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Ski instructor bookings are expected to increase by 300%

Marketplace for ski and snowboard instructors Maison Sport predicts a 300 percent increase in instructor bookings in the next two weeks, compared to the previous period.

The company already saw a record day for bookings this week on Wednesday, as anticipation grew around the prospect of a reopening of France.

Now that the announcement has been made, it expects an “unprecedented rise” in demand for instructors.

Founder and CEO Nick Robinson said: “This is finally more welcome news for the industry, especially for the many local instructors who are incredibly frustrated with the prolonged lifting of border restrictions. Morzine has been particularly affected, with a large number of instructors facing the prospect of no bookings in the coming weeks.

“For many instructors it could now be a matter of going from rags to riches as we expect an unprecedented surge in bookings from now until the end of the season as the majority of clients have waited while waiting for this news before taking the lessons confirmed. .

“With such high availability in late winter, after a slow December, we expect the next two weeks to be the largest in our company’s history, with a projected 300 percent increase in bookings.”

Lucy ThackrayJanuary 13, 2022 15:59

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Travel to Cyprus made slightly cheaper as antigen testing is allowed

Cyprus authorities have announced that antigen or PCR testing will be accepted for pre-travel Covid testing for visitors, meaning slightly lower testing costs for holidaymakers.

The rule change will come in tomorrow morning.

“Passengers aged 12 and over who arrive in Cyprus on January 14 at 5:00 am local time will have the option of having a PCR test performed 72 hours before their departure, or a rapid antigen test performed up to 24 hours before departure is performed. their departure,” the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works said on Wednesday.

All arrivals aged 12 and over must still undergo a PCR test on arrival at Cyprus airports, at their own expense, regardless of vaccination status.

Travelers who have not yet had a booster shot must undergo another PCR test 72 hours after arrival.

Lucy ThackrayJanuary 13, 2022 3:34 PM

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What will change for French vaccine passports?

A day after most Britons will be allowed back into France, the country’s rules will change around proof of vaccination and access to sites.

On January 6, the French government approved plans to extend its health card (sanitary pass) to a vaccine pass (successful vaccination) – meaning full vaccination will be required to access public areas such as restaurants, bars and public transport.

Until now, the French TousAntiCovid app could be used by people who had not been fully vaccinated – with a recent negative test result rather than vaccine-resistant – but as of Saturday it will only work for fully vaccinated visitors.

Meanwhile, from January 15, everyone over the age of 18 must have received a booster in order to still be considered “fully” vaccinated in France.

There are two different vaccine passes: Mobility (for travel) and Activity (for access to locations such as restaurants and museums).

Lucy ThackrayJanuary 13, 2022 2:41 PM

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RAF pilot to fire space rocket from Virgin jumbo jet later today

A Virgin Orbit space rocket is launched today from a Virgin Atlantic aircraft over the Pacific Ocean, flown by an experienced RAF pilot.

Matthew “Stanny” Stannard will take off around 12:30 p.m. Pacific Time (8:30 p.m. GMT) on a mission to launch the 70ft “space booster”.

The modified Boeing 747-400 — a former Virgin Atlantic passenger jet named Cosmic Girl — will fly over the Pacific Ocean with the missile mounted under its left wing.

About an hour into the flight, the pilot will drop the rocket from about 35,000 feet — at which point the first engine will ignite and launch it into orbit.

Lucy ThackrayJanuary 13, 2022 13:53

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Don’t go straight to jail: tips for filling out the French travel forms

While British travelers and the industry wait to find out when admission to France will be possible, these are the two documents British visitors must complete.

The first is the passenger arrival form. When you complete this please note that UK is Royaume-Uni in the drop down menu.

There is a “zip code” requirement for your place of birth – unless you were born in France, enter 999.

When asked, “What type of accommodation are you staying in?” select “Individual accommodation”. Do not select “Prison”, any of the other options in the drop-down menu.

You must provide an approximate location for where you will be staying, which requires a zip code. For example, tap 75 from the drop-down menu for Paris and choose the appropriate option for the arrondissement where you reside.

The document generated when you complete the form must be accompanied by your “sworn commitment to comply with rules of entry” – stating that you have not had any symptoms of the coronavirus and “don’t know you have been in contact been with a confirmed case of Covid -19 during the last 14 days”.

Simon CalderJanuary 13, 2022 13:19

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Serious delays on South East and Thameslink services after freight train derailed

Passengers experienced serious delays on Southeastern Railway and Thameslink services this morning after the derailment of a freight train at Hoo Junction.

According to Network Rail: “A wheel has come off the rails and some wagons are blocking the downward line”.

The agency responsible for Britain’s railway infrastructure tweeted early this morning: “Our teams have located a rescue locomotive and driver who should be on site shortly. Then they will attach themselves to the carriages blocking passenger trains and pull them away and back into the sidings.”

Helen CoffeeJanuary 13, 2022 12:57

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When exactly will the French ban end and how soon will transport resume?

As for the timing of the reopening of the border, the wording of the minister was simple: “The decree will be published tomorrow” [Friday] morning, with immediate effect.” the independent urgently needs clarification.

Given the absence of British visitors to France, anyone looking for a city break to Paris or Nice, or a ski trip to the French Alps, will find a lack of crowds this weekend – and plenty of accommodation available.

While ferry companies, Eurotunnel shuttles (carrying cars from Folkestone to Calais) and Eurostar trains (carrying passengers from London to Paris) run on schedule, with plenty of space available, airlines can’t move that fast.

Jet2 says its ski flights to France will resume on January 22, a week after the ban was lifted.

Meanwhile, ferry companies are reporting “phones ringing red hot” as travelers book trips to France.

Simon CalderJanuary 13, 2022 11:49 am

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Ask your travel questions to Simon Calder

As France lifts the travel ban on Brits – but along with Austria and Germany increase the use of vaccine passports to access sites – the way we travel is changing again.

happy the independentSimon Calder, travel expert Simon Calder, is on hand to reassure readers about everything from fears surrounding other rogue travel bans to whether you’ll enter that holiday restaurant with your vaccination certificate.

To ask Simon your travel questions, all you need to do is sign up to comment on the article below – if you haven’t asked a question before, you’ll need to register first.

Lucy ThackrayJanuary 13, 2022 11:25 am

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