France holidays off the cards for Britons in December as country likely to extend lockdown

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France’s national lockdown is likely to be extended past its December 2 end date. The country began its lockdown on October 30 and was set to end it at the beginning of December. However, coronavirus cases in the country have continued to peak, with the infection rate hitting two million yesterday.

The country has also recorded over 46,000 deaths from the virus.

France has been recording around 15,000 – 20,000 new cases of the virus each day.

Yesterday, France’s Health Minister Olivier Veran revealed that the country’s national lockdown is likely to be extended.

Mr Veran said that he wouldn’t be able to offer an end date for national restrictions.

The Health Minister also said that restrictions on movement within the country would not be lifted on December 1.

Last week, Prime Minister Jean Castex said that bars, cafes and gyms would remain closed past the deadline.

Those looking to head to France once England’s own lockdown has been lifted may have to shelve their plans.

France is also on the UK’s quarantine list which means those returning from the country to the UK will have to self-isolate for 14 days.

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Travellers to France need to provide a negative RT-PCR test taken in the 72 hours before arrival.

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) also states that visitors need to complete a self-declaration of absence of COVID-19 symptoms and contact with confirmed cases in the 14 days before arrival for entry into all French overseas territories.

Currently, during France’s national lockdown, people are being asked to remain at home unless it’s for essential reasons (shopping, medical).

Anyone leaving their home will have to carry a special document justifying being outside, which can be checked by police.

People can leave their homes for exercise but they must be within one kilometre of their home.

Travel between regions is also not allowed unless it is for a specific reason.

Over the weekend, French police stepped up their coronavirus lockdown checks in Paris.

It comes after the French Prime Minister said that people were not abiding by the lockdown rules like they were in the spring.

Police were spotted checking motorists travelling to make sure they had the right documentation and were wearing masks.

Those caught without the necessary documentation can face a fine on the spot.

France remains on the quarantine list so once England’s lockdown is lifted, anyone who travels across the Channel will have to quarantine for 14 days under current rules on their return to the UK.

France currently has the fourth worst infection rate in the world and is behind the USA, India and Brazil.

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