The French Government has announced that the country’s third national lockdown will start to ease from 3 May, with French people permitted to travel anywhere within the country. Outdoor areas of bars and restaurants will also reopen from mid-May.
Other countries currently expected to be on the list are Israel, the US, Malta, Australia, and New Zealand.
However, the Australian and New Zealand governments have not yet said if they will permit British travellers into their countries.
Although there are now hopes that France may reopen to tourists this summer, the country’s average rate of new infections remains one of the highest in Europe.
It is the fifth country with the highest infection rate on the continent, behind only Cyprus, Sweden, Turkey, and Croatia.
France currently has an average cases rate of 341 per 100,000 people, while the UK’s rate is at 26 per 100,000 people.
Gerald Darmanin, the French interior minister, said that quarantine measures would be imposed on travellers returning to France from a number of countries, in order to curb the spread of new variants.
Up to 30 destinations are expected to make the UK’s green list, which means that holidaymakers travelling to and from those countries will not have to quarantine on return to the UK…