Simon Calder: Britons will holiday in France despite lockdown – ‘absolutely confident’

France: Simon Calder 'confident' of UK travel this summer

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Around 17 million Britons would normally visit France on holiday every year, however, amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and its subsequent restrictions, the future of travel remains uncertain. As France heads into its third national lockdown, many holidaymakers may be concerned they won’t get back to the European hotspot this year.

Despite this, travel expert Simon Calder remains optimistic about the possibility of holidays.

“I am absolutely confident we will be able to travel on holiday to France this summer,” he told Good Morning Britain.

However, he admitted there may be a bit of a wait before Britons are given the green light.

“I just don’t know if that is going to be on May 17, the very first possible date for international travel, or whether we will have to wait a bit until some time in June or even July,” he explained.

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson is due to give an update regarding the possibility of travel on April 5.

On April 12 the Government’s Global Travel Taskforce will resume meetings to discuss safely restarting travel to some destinations.

It is thought ministers are debating the idea of a “traffic light” system that would rank nations based on their Covid “risk”.

Yet as Europe begins to see figures rise once again, France’s President Emmanuel Macron slammed the country back into its third national lockdown.

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Everyone in France is now subject to a nationwide curfew between 7pm and 6am.

There will be a month-long domestic travel ban in place, and schools will remain closed for at least three weeks.

In a televised address to the nation, Mr Macron said: “The numbers are charging away from us.”

He added that France now faces a “race against the clock.”

France recently lifted its ban on UK arrivals meaning they no longer have to prove a “compelling reason” to travel.

French tourism minister Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne said that the decision to relax the rules was due to the improving health situations in those specific countries.

Posting on his Twitter account, the French tourism minister said: “The list includes Britain, because the UK variant now also circulates widely in France.”

The variant now accounts for around 65 percent of new COVID-19 cases in France.

However, Britons have not yet been given the go-ahead to travel abroad.

Until the Government lifts restrictions, international travel is only permitted for “essential reasons”.

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) explains: “It is illegal to travel abroad from the UK for holidays. Follow current COVID-19 rules where you live.

“In England, you must have a permitted reason to travel abroad and complete the declaration form.”

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