Following a substantial increase in Covid-19 infections, the French government announced that Paris and 15 other French regions have been put into lockdown.
On March 18 alone, France recorded 35,000 new cases, convincing the government that a third wave has begun.
21 million people have been affected by the new rules, which see non-essential businesses close.
Many Brits are concerned that the lockdown rules will impact their holiday plans.
Can I still go on holiday to France?
As it stands, it is illegal to leave the UK without a reasonable excuse like education or medical needs.
Under England and Scotland’s lockdown roadmaps, international travel will not be permitted until May 17.
The good news is that France’s lockdown is due to end on April 17, so it is very possible that holiday plans will not be disrupted.
However, the government may decide to extend the lockdown if coronavirus cases remain high.
Wales and Northern Ireland have not yet indicated when international travel will be allowed.
What are the lockdown rules in France?
The lockdown applies to sixteen French regions including Paris, the northern areas of Hauts-de-France, Seine-Maritime and Eure, and the Alpes-Maritimes on the French Riviera.
Non-essential businesses are forced to close their doors, however schools and hairdressers can remain open.
People will be allowed to exercise outdoors, within 10km (six miles) of their homes.
If people need to leave their area for any reason, they must submit a form explaining why.
France already has a nationwide curfew in place, that normally starts at 6pm. However, it is being extended to 7pm due to daylight saving time.
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