eight travel updates for France


This week, the British and French governments relaxed travel restrictions on people moving between the two countries.

The UK has removed mandatory pre-departure testing from its rules for vaccinated travelers in the country.

From Sunday, January 9, incoming vaccinated people will also be allowed to take a second day lateral flow test in lieu of post-arrival PCR (not, however, confirmed for North Ireland, which to this day still refers to PCR testing only). They will also be spared from quarantine until they receive the result of their day two test.

Read more: France, UK relax travel rules as Omicron spreads in both countries

France has also decided to slightly expand its list of essential reasons for travel for people coming from the United Kingdom.

From now on, urgent business trips for projects requiring the physical presence of a person and which cannot be delayed will be considered as urgent reasons for travel.

Read more: Here are the two additional new essential reasons for France to travel from the UK

In addition, third-country nationals holding a valid French or European residence permit or a long-stay visa can return to their main residence in another EU country by transit through France.

We take a look at other travel stories that unfolded in France.

Microchip shortage extends the lifespan of paper metro tickets

A worldwide shortage of the electronic chips necessary for the manufacture of Navigo cards has forced the postponement of the withdrawal of the sale of paper tickets from the Ile-de-France metro.

The public transport operator Ile-de-France Mobilités had planned to stop the sale of booklets of 10 paper metro card tickets in all ticket machines in the Paris region in March, but this has now been postponed to September. .

Read more: Ile-de-France is gradually phasing out paper tickets for the Paris metro

“As is the case in the automotive industry, there is a strain on the fleet of electronic chips,” said Ile-de-France Mobilités. The Parisian. These chips are used in the creation of rechargeable Navigo passes, intended to replace paper tickets.

“We do not know of a shortage of Navigo cards but we must take proactive measures to manage our stock”, added the carrier.

Ile-de-France Mobilités had decided to withdraw 10 ticket booklets from circulation in order to reduce the amount of paper waste produced during metro journeys, as well as to reduce the risk of accidentally losing or demagnetizing one’s transport ticket.

Single t + Metro tickets will still be available for purchase from vending machines even when the tickets are withdrawn.

A Ryanair flight makes an emergency landing in Brest following a smell of smoke in the cabin

A Ryanair flight from Manchester to Faro, Portugal had to make an emergency landing in Brest, Brittany this week when the cabin began to smell of smoke.

The plane’s pilots sounded the alarm 40 minutes after take-off from Manchester, and firefighters and security teams were put on hold in Brest for an unexpected landing.

The passengers disembarked and were then able to board a London-Faro flight less than three hours after their scheduled arrival time.

A passenger reportedly spotted flames inside the cabin, but Ryanair explained that the emergency landing was necessitated by a “minor technical problem which caused an unidentified smell of smoke in the cockpit”.

Another Paris-Los Angeles flight also had to stop in Manchester due to a medical emergency.

Details published on the new slower and cheaper TGV Paris-Lyon line

In December, SNCF obtained authorization to launch a low-cost “classic” TGV line between Paris and Lyon in April this year.

This Ouigo service will not exceed the speed of 160 km / h – while other TGVs can reach 320 km / h – but will also be cheaper.

Tickets will cost € 10-30 – € 5 for children – and the journey will take around five and a half hours. Normal TGV Paris-Lyon tickets cost at least € 45.

The trains will have a capacity of 500 to 800 passengers and three round trips between Paris Bercy or Austerlitz and Lyon Perrache will be offered each day.

Villeneuve Saint-Georges, Melun, Dijon, Chalon-sur-Saône, Mâcon and Lyon Vaise stations will also be served.

Irish Ferries Dover-Calais second ship begins sailing

Irish Ferries have started trips with their second ship on the Dover-Calais route, Innisfree Island.

The ferry company is also expected to add a third vessel to its fleet this month, allowing it to offer 30 crossings per day, with departures every 90 minutes.

Doug Bannister, Managing Director of the Port of Dover, said: “The capacity Irish Ferries added on the route is a testament to the continued confidence in the Strait.

“The market continues to choose the high pace, frequency and capacity offered by Dover, and in turn, the port offers more choices to customers, growing from two to three operators in 2021.”

Irish Ferries launched its Dover-Calais service in June 2021 with its Isle of Inishmore ship.

No more countries on France’s red list for travel

The last three countries remaining on France’s red list for travel – South Africa, Eswatini and Lesotho – have gone red.

The Scarlet List was first created in response to the emergence of the Omicron variant, but now that it has a presence all over the world, continuing to monitor arrivals from southern Africa would be pointless.

Serbia has also moved from the red list to the orange.

France’s red list now includes: Afghanistan, South Africa, Belarus, Botswana, Eswatini, United States, Georgia, Lesotho, Nigeria, Malawi, Mauritius, Moldova, Montenegro, Mozambique, Namibia, Pakistan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Russia, Suriname, Tanzania, Turkey, Ukraine, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

People arriving in France from Scarlet List countries had to self-quarantine, but those coming from Red List countries do not need to self-quarantine if they are fully vaccinated, although they do have to perform a pre-departure test before the start of their trip.

2022 will see the opening of new metro stations in Ile-de-France

On January 13, two new stations will be added to the southern end of line 4 of the Paris metro between Montrouge and Bagneux.

This year, line 12 will also be extended by two kilometers from its current terminus at the Front Populaire, with the opening of two new stations: Aimé Césaire and Mairie d’Aubervilliers.

The Grand Paris Express is also taking shape, the new line 15 having been completed in December after three and a half years of work. The 37 km line will provide a ring around Paris, allowing people to move between suburbs while bypassing the city center.

As part of the Grand Paris Express project, line 14 will also be extended to Saint-Denis-Pleyel in the north and Orly airport in the south.

No French airline in the top 10 for punctuality

No French airline was included this year in the top 10 of the most punctual airlines in Europe, according to the results of an annual study.

Cirium, a firm that carries out data studies and analyzes for the aeronautical industry, find that the Spanish low-cost airline Vueling was the most punctual in Europe, with 92.13% of flights per hour.

In second position, Iberia Express, followed by Norwegian Air Shuttle, Aeroflot, Iberia and Eurowings.

“Vueling has risen to the top as it has expanded internationally. The carrier took advantage of the slots ceded by airlines such as Air France at Paris Orly airport and opened new routes serving Northern Europe, ”the report said.

Air France-KLM will have to find 1 to 2 billion euros in 2022

Air France-KLM will have to raise 1 to 2 billion euros this year to successfully overcome the air transport disruptions caused by the Covid pandemic, The echoes reports.

The newspaper added that the airline would likely need another 4-6 billion euros to maintain its position as a key player in the industry.

Air France-KLM has already received more than 14 billion euros from the French and Dutch governments during the pandemic.

From now on, it will have to secure funding from private investors.

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