France has axed the coronavirus testing requirement for Britons traveling across the Channel.
Previously anyone traveling from the United Kingdom to France would have had to take a Covid test before traveling but rules have now eased in the lead up to half-term.
Guillaume Bazard, France’s consul-general in London, announced the change on Twitter: “As of February 12, tests will no longer be necessary for travelers with a complete course of vaccination heading from (the UK) to (France).”
France considers anyone who has received their most recent dose within the past nine months as fully vaccinated.
Unvaccinated Britons still need to have a “compelling reason” to travel to France, as well as a negative Covid test carried out less than 48 hours before departure.
Children under 12 are exempt from the requirements.
The move comes after the UK significantly eased its rules for arriving travelers from 4am on Friday.
People who are fully vaccinated no longer need to take a post-arrival lateral flow test, while unvaccinated arrivals must still take tests but no longer need to self-isolate.
That means no tests are needed in either direction for jabbed holidaymakers.
Hundreds of thousands of people in the UK are embarking on foreign trips during half-term, with French ski resorts in demand.
Cross-Channel train operator Eurostar said more than 125,000 people were booked to travel between the UK and the Continent during the school holiday.
France’s move came after Spain announced it will drop its entry requirement for passengers aged 12 to 17 from non-EU countries, such as the UK, to be fully vaccinated against coronavirus.
The Spanish change comes into force on Monday.
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