France camping holidays to go ahead from May as country lifts UK travel ban

FAMILIES wanting to head to France for a camping holiday this summer have been given a boost as the country lifts their UK travel ban.

Yesterday, French officials opened up the nation to arrivals from a number of countries which had previously been banned from making non-essential journeys.

Travellers will no longer need a “compelling reason” to come from the UK, along with Australia, South Korea, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, and Singapore.

French tourism minister Jean Baptiste Lemoyne said: “The list May, oui . . . camp hols includes Britain, because the UK variant now also circulates widely in France.”

Destinations such as Eurocamp are popular in France with British families, offering cheap holidays and good weather.

Campsites are also naturally social distanced, meaning they are a much safer option for nervous families, while the Eurotunnel from the UK to France offers an alternative option instead of flying.

Passengers will still need to show a negative coronavirus test, taken no more than 72 hours before arrival, to be allowed into France.

Brits will also still have to have three negative Covid tests when returning to the UK and quarantine for 10 days, although can leave on day five through the Test to Release scheme.

The UK lockdown still prohibits non-essential travel which includes foreign holidays, and are unlikely to resume before May 17.

The government's Global Travel Taskforce will announce on April 12 when trips abroad will be able to go head.

France is also under strict lockdown rules – a curfew from 6pm to 6am is in place, and restaurants, cafes and museums are closed.

Shops and hotels remain open, however.

Despite this, France is the latest country to give hope for a summer holiday, along with Spain, Greece and Cyprus.

Spain and Greece have supported vaccine passports to allow Brits to return without travel restrictions from May, while Cyprus will allow any traveller with both jabs to enter the country without negative tests or quarantining.

Madeira has also removed all travel restrictions on entry, although Portugal remains on the UK's high risk lists.

UK holidays are going ahead from April 12, while group holidays and hotel stays can resume from May 17.

Here are the other countries which hope to welcome Brits without restrictions this summer.

Holidays may even be cheaper when heading abroad this year – Ryanair said they are slashing prices for the next 12 months.

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