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France lifts lockdown, opens borders for Covid-safe countries

17/12/2020

France lifts lockdown, opens borders for Covid-safe countries

After about a month and a half of complete lockdown, France’s Covid-19 restrictions are easing. While several types of venue will remain closed, the lockdown will be replaced with a nightly curfew, designed to avoid another spike of cases.


French Prime Minister, Jean Castex, said that the health situation in France has improved considerably in recent weeks. However, he warned that the second wave of the pandemic had yet to end.


“We have not yet reached the end of this 2nd wave, and we will not be, on December 15,” he said, explaining why a nightly curfew would be in place, and some venues prevented from reopening.


In addition to the lockdown ending, France has also opened both international travel and travel to different regions of the country for non-essential reasons. This will allow tourists and second homeowners to once again visit France, as well as enabling people to travel to see relatives and friends in other parts of the country or other countries.


In his speech announcing the new measures, PM Castex said that travel on the evening of December 24 will be allowed, but not for more than six adults at a time. He also reminded French citizens to respect the hygiene and social distancing guidelines.


Under the new measures, travel between France and the following countries/territories is now permitted:


- European Union


- Andorra


- Australia


- The Holy See


- Iceland


- Japan


- Liechtenstein


- Monaco


- New Zealand


- Norway


- Rwanda


- San Marino


- South Korea


- Singapore


- Switzerland


- Thailand


- United Kingdom

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