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Updated: Hopes rise for imminent easing of France travel curbs

Hopes are rising for an imminent reversal of France’s travel ban on UK nationals, according to media reports.

France implemented the ban on December 18 due to rising Omicron cases in the UK.

The Independent reported speculation that an announcement could come on Wednesday ahead of a relaxation of rules on Saturday.

The newspaper said ski operator Skiline had started selling packages for this weekend on that basis, with the offer of a free refund by Friday if an announcement is not forthcoming.

The Times also raised the prospect of an imminent announcement, quoting “senior travel sources” as saying the decision could be made “within hours”.

The Times also quoted French MP Alexandre Holroyd, who is responsible for French nationals living in the UK. Holroyd said the border would open “very soon” with further information expected in the coming days.

However, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday that details of the easing will likely be confirmed at the end of the week, according to French government spokesman, Gabriel Attal, following a weekly cabinet meeting in Paris today.

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