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France drops COVID testing rule for vaccinated UK travellers

France has dropped its COVID-19 testing requirement for vaccinated travellers arriving from the UK.

The French interior ministry has said that from 12 February, travellers will not need to test as long as they are vaccinated according to European regulations.

This applies regardless of where a traveller is coming from.

For those who are not vaccinated, the requirement for a negative COVID-19 test will remain.

Testing on arrival and isolation rules will be lifted if an unvaccinated traveller is from a green list country.

Green list countries are those in the European Union as well as Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland, the Vatican, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, South Korea, United Arab Emirates, Honduras, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Kuwait, New Zealand, Qatar, Rwanda, Senegal, Taiwan and Vanuatu.

Those who are not vaccinated and are coming from a country on France’s orange list – which includes the UK – will still have to present a “compelling reason” for their travel and may still be subject to a post-arrival test, with isolation required if testing positive.

The Eurostar shared the news on its website, saying that fully vaccinated travellers travelling between the UK and France would not need to test.

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