From today, France is lifting the ban on British travellers.
Tourists who have been fully vaccinated from the UK will be allowed to re-enter the country for the first time after December 18, without the need to provide a ‘compelling reason’ for travel or self-isolation on arrival .
Passengers must provide a negative Covit test result taken 24 hours before departure – this can be a lateral flow test or a PCR test.
The lifting of the ban was confirmed yesterday by French Minister Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, who announced that an order changing the rules would be published today, with the immediate effect of easing the restrictions.
Although Mr. Lemoine did not schedule time for a change, The IndependentSimon Calder’s travel correspondent arrived in France at 4am today and was cleared through border control without issue.
The lifting of the travel ban precedes the new, stricter rules on vaccine passports which will be introduced in France from January 17.
From Monday, visitors must be fully vaccinated – if their second dose had been given seven months earlier – including the booster shot – to enter most indoor spaces.
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Portugal tops list of best remote work countries
Travel booking site Kayak has revealed the best countries where digital nomads can work and live, with Portugal topping the list.
Create the site first “Work from anywhere”, The team surveyed 111 countries and ranked each based on 22 factors in six categories: travel costs and accessibility, local prices, health and safety, remote working skills , social life and weather.
Spain followed as a popular place to use a laptop; The most surprising Romania that follows her.
Portugal tops the list for its successful combination of excellent weather, an exciting social scene, low crime rate, affordable cost of living and a widely spoken international culture in English. .
Here are the top 10 spots in full:
- Costa Rica
- Czech republic
Lucy ThackerayJanuary 14, 2022 12:41
Dubai theme park set to launch new John Wick roller coaster
A Dubai theme park will launch the world’s first roller coaster this month John Wick Cinema rights.
Motiongate Dubai Movie-Crazy Amusement Park – It already has themed rides The Hunger Games, Shrek the Green Hornet And kung fu panda – The new “John Wick: Open Contract” ride will open on January 21.
Designed in conjunction with the film’s production team, the ride will allow visitors to enter the “fast-paced environment” of a collection set in the style of the Continental Hotel films.
This turns out to be a prime experience for your adventure – you can choose to join John Vicky Hunting Assassins or choose his team and help him escape.
Lucy ThackerayJanuary 14, 2022 12:33
Hong Kong halts transport flights from 150 destinations
Hong Kong will suspend transport flights from around 150 countries and territories next month.
Passengers who have reached the target, classified as “high risk” by health authorities in the 21 days before departure, will not be able to cross the city from January 16 to February 15, Hong Kong International Airport said. in a press release.
This decision was taken “in order to control the spread of the highly contagious variant of Omigran”.
Hong Kong currently classifies more than 150 high-risk countries and territories.
Last week, the city banned all flights from the UK, Australia, Canada, France, India, Pakistan, the Philippines and the United States.
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Helene CafeJanuary 14, 2022 11:17 am
Watch the world’s largest plane fly through a clear path through the fog
It’s always amazing for us to see planes landing in dense fog, but this video is aesthetically pleasing as the world’s largest cargo plane glides through the clear lines of the blue sky.
Antonov Airlines’ An-225 Mriya – a Soviet-designed cargo plane – landed at Rzeszow Airport in Poland on Sunday.
Hundreds of plane spotters took to the fences outside the airport to photograph and photograph the majestic aircraft.
Lucy ThackerayJanuary 14, 2022 11:01 am
EasyJet announces a 600% increase on last-minute French flights
Following the announcement that France was lifting the ban on British tourists, EasyJet increased its last-minute bookings by 600% for flights to airports serving French ski resorts.
Last-minute bookings for Switzerland also peaked shortly after the news broke, with a 386% increase in airline bookings, indicating that consumer confidence in international travel continues to grow.
EasyJet is operating 37 routes from the UK to 10 destinations across Europe this winter, serving major continental ski resorts, with flights from £14.99.
Ali Keyward, UK Director of EasyJet, said: “France is once again welcoming British tourists, making a good and real return to skiing. .
Helene CafeJanuary 14, 2022 10:22 am
What are the rules for traveling to France?
The French embargo on British travellers, which began on December 18, 2021, has finally come to an end.
As a UK traveler on holiday, visiting family or friends or on a business trip, you will need proof of full vaccination. For cross-border purposes, this may include a double shot with Pfizer, AstraZeneca or Moderna or a dose of Jansen.
You can upload NHS-generated QR certificates showing your vaccines on the TousAntiCovid processor.
Must also have a negative Covid test result (lateral flow; no PCR required) performed within 24 hours of leaving for France.
Read our full breakdown of all the latest travel rules here:
Simon CalderJanuary 14, 2022 9:42 a.m.
Netherlands eases Omicron lockdown on Saturday
Local media channels said the Netherlands would ease its strict lockdown from Saturday, subject to government talks later in the day.
Broadcasters said non-essential shops, hairdressers and gyms will be open from January 15 to limit the number of customers. Ours And RTLCiting government sources.
Students will be readmitted to colleges and universities – but bars, restaurants, museums and other venues are expected to close.
Ministers are expected to finalize the plans on Friday.
Lucy ThackerayJanuary 14, 2022 09:00
What it would be like to be the first British tourist in France
As soon as the announcement of the reopening of the French border to British travellers, The IndependentTravel correspondent Simon Calter wasted no time crossing the English Channel.
Despite no official time being announced for the UK travel ban to be lifted, Simon bravely set sail from New Haven last night arriving in France at 4am this morning on the ferry TFTS at 11 p.m.
Simon, armed with his passport, signed “affidavit” and passenger attendance form, boarded the four-hour boat as a one-legged passenger and expected the best.
Once done, he was allowed to enter France without any problems – confirming that the ban had already been lifted for travelers from the UK.
“Besides breathing the icy city air, my main concern is topping up my phone with survival and roaming data so bar owners and even museum staff can scan the QR code that opens the capital,” he wrote. A Parisian cafe this morning.
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Helene CafeJanuary 14, 2022 08:21
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Two Ryanair planes avoided crash, inquest finds
Two Ryanair planes crashed at Malaga airport two years ago, ending an investigation that nearly collided in what investigators described as a “serious incident”.
During an official hearing by the Spanish Civil Aviation Authority, the air traffic controller at Andalusia airport yesterday cleared a Ryanair plane to land on the runway, from where another Ryanair plane was cleared to take off.
The distance between two Boeing 737s, as close as possible, is 520 meters, or 16% of the minimum recommended safety margin, which corresponds to the length of the runway (3,200 meters).
Lucy ThackerayJanuary 13, 2022 5:06 p.m.