The Foreign Office has changed its travel advice for Brits heading to France.
The FCO now advises against ‘all but essential travel’ to the country, as well as the island of Corsica, over fears of rising numbers of coronavirus cases.
Any Brits who are in France from 4am on Saturday 15th August will also be required to self-isolate for 14 days when they return home.
So what does that mean if you have a holiday booked?
Unfortunately, as the FCO advises against travel, your holiday is effectively cancelled.
Your first point of call should be the tour operator or travel firm you booked with – they will be able to advise you.
During the pandemic, travel companies are usually offering a range of options including re-booking for a later date, vouchers to use on future holidays, or a full cash refund.
It’s worth noting that you are entitled to a refund, because the FCO advice has changed which is the reason for the package holiday being cancelled.
Because of the sheer volume of travellers affected, if your holiday is a few weeks or months away, your firm may ask you to get in touch closer to the departure date.
Not all travel is banned – under the FCO advice, ‘essential travel’ is still allowed.
However, the Foreign Office doesn’t have a set definition of what this covers. Instead, the FCO website explains: “Sometimes we say that only essential travel is advised. Whether travel is essential or not is your own decision.
“You may have urgent family or business commitments to attend to. Circumstances differ from person to person. Only you can make an informed decision based on the risks.”
Even though the FCO has banned travel, there are usually ways you can still get to the country for essential travel – for example, easyJet has said it will continue to operate France flights despite the changed advice.
Travel advice for Brits is constantly being reviewed during the coronavirus pandemic so if you have a trip planned within the next few months, make sure to check out the latest FCO France advice for more information.
It’s not just France which has been added to the quarantine list from the 15th August – The Netherlands, Monaco, Malta, Turks & Caicos and Aruba have also made the list.
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