The foreign ministry of France on Thursday said that it will ease some Covid-19 travel restrictions on international passengers coming from Australia, UK, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, and also South Korea.
According to the foreign ministry of France, those who are travelling to or from the above-mentioned seven countries will no longer need to have a compelling reason to travel.
French Tourism Minister Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne said this easing was due to the improving health situation in those countries.
“The list includes Britain because the UK variant now also circulates widely in France,” he said on his Twitter feed.
All other restrictions, such as a requirement for a negative Covid-19 test less than 72 hours before travel, would remain in place, the ministry said, adding a decree was due to be published on Friday.
Lemoyne said that for other non-European Union countries the list of legitimate travel motives would be widened, notably to take into account family situations.
The foreign ministry statement said that among new legitimate reasons for travel would the fact that one person in a couple – both married or in a civil partnership – is living abroad for professional reasons.
Other legitimate reasons would be for families living abroad but who have children in school in France, couples with children abroad and in France, students taking an exam, as well as people returning to their principal residence if that is in France.
The ministry said that in general it strongly recommends limiting international travel as much as possible.
France announced tighter rules on travel from outside the European Union on January 14.
(With Inputs From Reuters)