France wants to simplify the travel ban for Great Britain due to a new coronavirus variant

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France set its ban late on Sunday for 48 hours pending an EU-wide policy. (Representative)

Paris:

France will relax a temporary travel ban on the UK introduced after a new variant of the coronavirus emerged, the prime minister’s office said on Tuesday.

EU citizens and residents of EU countries are allowed to enter from Wednesday, provided they can show a negative Covid-19 test that is not older than 72 hours.

The tests must be of a type capable of detecting the new variant that has emerged in the UK, the office said in a statement.

People who “must make essential travel” will also be allowed into the country, it said.

The European Commission has urged EU countries to lift travel bans on the UK, where the spread of the new coronavirus has caused panic around the world as vaccines roll out around the world.

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France set its ban late on Sunday for 48 hours pending an EU-wide policy.

Sunday’s statement said: “Specific modalities for resuming freight traffic on the road will be announced in the coming hours.”

France’s temporary transport ban raised concerns that the UK could suffer from a fresh food shortage during a Christmas season already dampened by strict coronavirus restrictions.

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