France to announce relaxation of UK travel rules ‘in the coming days’

Paris will announce an easing of restrictions for travel from Britain to France in the coming days, the government said on Wednesday.

Brittany ferries Calais to Dover crossing
Travel between France and the UK is at present severely limited. Photo: Sameer Al Doumy/AFP

“I confirm that a further easing of the restrictions with the UK will be announced in the coming days,” Gabriel Attal told reporters after a weekly cabinet meeting.

“Work is continuing, I hope that the announcement can be made by the end of the week,” he added.

His words come after Alexandre Holroyd, the MP representing French nationals living in the UK, said that after lengthy discussions with the government, a “considerable easing” of the UK travel restrictions would be announced soon.

Since December 18th, travellers arriving in France from across the Channel have been required to prove a compelling reason to enter the country, largely restricting entry to French or EU citizens or residents.

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That was eased slightly last week to allow people in “for the pursuit of an economic activity requiring an on-site presence which cannot be postponed”.

“At the time I said that if we continued to see the same situation, that is the Omicron variant becoming dominant in France, of course we would continue to ease the restrictions,” Attal said.

Under the rules, travellers coming from the UK also have to quarantine at home for seven days although this can be shortened to 48 hours after a negative test.

Those who do qualify to travel also face a raft of paperwork.

We will update our Travel section HERE as soon as any announcements are made.

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Copenhagen Airport delays: Air traffic controllers borrowed to ease shortage

Air traffic control company Naviair will loan air traffic control staff from the smaller Roskilde Airport to solve persistent flight delays out of Copenhagen.

Copenhagen Airport delays: Air traffic controllers borrowed to ease shortage

The loan of staff from Roskilde Airport will be in place throughout the peak summer season, Naviair said in a statement.

The decision has been made to prevent major flight delays affecting passengers at Copenhagen Airport.

Naviair said that the solution will give it enough cover for most of the summer flight traffic without lengthy delays or asking air traffic controllers to work overtime.

Capacity at Roskilde Airport will be reduced during the period.

“The plan is going to have some consequences. The reallocation of air traffic controllers means reduced capacity at Roskilde Airport, whose users we naturally apologise to,” Naviair director of traffic Thorsten Elkjær said in the press statement.

READ ALSO: Airline Norwegian threatens to ‘find alternative’ to Copenhagen Airport over delays

The shortage of air traffic controllers and related dispute between their trade union and Naviair, their employer, has resulted in delays for hundreds of thousands of passengers at Copenhagen Airport in recent weeks.

Naviair has asked its staff to take on extra shifts due to the shortage but has also said it has increased intake on training programmes to eventually increase the number of staff available. 

The air traffic controllers have said that the overtime is not at a manageable level, and that they have taken 1,500 additional shifts so far this year.

Figures from April show that some 45 percent of flights from Copenhagen Airport were delayed last month and the issue has continued into May.