The French Home Office has announced that UK citizens residing in the European Union who wish to return to their homes in other EU countries “by the end of the year” will be allowed to do it.
The move comes after the recent rule by French authorities prohibiting Britons from transit to their homes in EU countries sparked controversy and disappointment among EU citizens, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.
A large number of Britons use Eurotunnel Le Shuttle, which provides vehicle transit between Great Britain and France; However, during the holidays, many Britons returned to visit family and friends unaware of France’s new and tightened restrictions on non-residents.
The Omicron variant of the Coronavirus has deeply affected the UK, while this variant is now also dominant in France.
In order to stop the spread of the Omicron, the French authorities imposed stricter entry rules on December 18; however, these new changes have caused confusion and further difficulties for UK travelers.
Recently, Eurotunnel Le Shuttle issued a warning to remind the British of the new changes introduced by the authorities in France.
In this regard, Eurotunnel operator Getlink published a tweet regarding France’s new requirements.
“Following a decision of the French government of 12/28/2021, unless they are French residents, British citizens are now considered to be third country nationals and can no longer transit through France by road to reach their country of residence in the EU. the statement pointed out.
According to the Guardian, French travel guides have emphasized “Nationals of the European Union or equivalent”, with their partners and their children, “Who have their main residence in France or who join, in transit through France, their main residence in a country of the European Union” must have a compelling reason to travel from UK through France.
French authorities have detected a total of 9,070,254 cases of infection in this country, while 120,605 people have died during the same period, according to figures provided by the World Health Organization (WHO).
The same source shows that in the past seven days, more than 600,600 cases of Covid-19 infection and 1,215 deaths have been reported during the same period.
According to the Public Health Agency Omicron has become the main strain of COVID-19 in France.
The rapid spread of the Omicron variant has led the French authorities to apply stricter restrictions in order to bring the COVID-19 situation under control which will be applied from the first week of January 2021.
In addition, French authorities have also announced that shortening the time between the last vaccine dose and the booster from four months to three months is also in the country’s government plans.