France to ban non-essential travel with the UK from Saturday

France announced today that non-essential travel to or from the UK would be banned from Saturday. The reason is due to the “rapid” spread of the omicron variant of COVID-19 across the English Channel. As of midnight on Saturday, whether vaccinated or not, travelers must have “a compelling reason” to go to or return to the United Kingdom, present a negative diagnostic test, and provide an address in France, the Government indicated in a statement.

In addition, isolation will be essential upon arrival in a place chosen by travelers “for seven days.” Still, it may “get up after 48 hours” if the test performed on arrival is negative, said the spokesman for the Executive, Gabriel Attal. (AFP).

With the UK reporting more than 78,000 cases of the coronavirus yesterday, could other European Union countries, including Spain, follow suit?

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