British tourists banned from France from this weekend due to Omicron

France will ban non-essential travel to and from Britain from this weekend.

The new rule is being brought in to slow the spread of the Omicron Covid-19 variant that is causing record numbers of cases in the UK, the French government said.

From midnight Saturday (11pm Friday UK time) there will be a: "requirement to have an essential reason to travel to, or come from, the UK, both for the unvaccinated and vaccinated.

"People cannot travel for touristic or professional reasons," the government said in a statement, adding that French citizens and EU nationals could still return to France from the UK.

Those who have essential reasons for travel will need to present a negative Covid test taken within 24 hours of travel.

They will also need to self-isolate for seven days, but the quarantine period can be cut to 48 hours with a negative test.

The new rules from France come as infections in the UK hit 78,610 confirmed cases yesterday — up more than 10,000 on January’s peak.

Omicron infections also nearly doubled overnight, leaping from 5,346 to 10,017.

People were last night urged to cut down on drinking with pals and colleagues if they want to see their family at Christmas.

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