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France – UK Ease Travel Amid New Coronovirus Variant

France eases UK travel ban for some travelers and freight trucks, two days after the country closed its border with the UK due to the spread of a more infectious variant of coronavirus across England.

British ministers said rail, air, and sea routes between the two countries would be restored on Wednesday morning.

Only French nationals, residents in France, and those with a “legitimate reason” to travel will be allowed into the country, and passengers need to present a negative result on a COVID-19 test that they took less than 72 hours before departure, reports euronews.

Results from both PCR and rapid antigen tests will be accepted, provided that the test used can detect the new variant of the coronavirus found across the Channel.

The border closure had left more than 1,500 trucks stranded as the Port of Dover and the Eurotunnel were shut to outbound traffic. Some drivers slept in their trucks for two nights.

The two countries’ leaders held talks on Monday and agreed to resolve the issue of goods transportation, which has been held up at the Channel as a consequence of the blockade.

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