easyJet has seen a huge rise in ski bookings from Brits following a change in the rules applied to travel to France. The airline saw up to 600% increase in bookings after the policy change. French ski resorts suffered from a shortage of British tourists during the holiday period.
France has surprised many looking to get away at Christmas by banning all travel from Brits, except for a few reasons published in the lead up to the holiday. It is worth noting that tourism and business trips were out of the question. Strict rules have been relaxed as cases in the country begin to decline, indicating that the peak of the Omicron wave has been passed.
EasyJet sees a boom in bookings
EasyJet has seen a surge in last-minute bookings on some routes after the French rule was relaxed. Last-minute reservations for French ski resorts increased by 600%. However, this is not the only way to see a positive effect. Bookings to Switzerland jumped 386% right after the announcement.
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While the news is good for travelers and airlines, it’s also good for French ski resorts. After the initial travel ban went into effect, the BBC reported that French ski resorts were in shambles because one in four visitors before the pandemic were British. Now, local businesses, especially those that rely on English speakers, will have a slightly easier time.
Commenting on the sudden rise in bookings, Ali Gayward, UK Director of easyJet UK said:
“With France welcoming British tourists once again, snowboarding is back in good shape. This is welcome news for UK consumers, particularly for those looking to book a last-minute family holiday or planning to head to the slopes, with low prices continuing to be available across thousands of Trips to France this winter, including more than half term.”
What are the new rules?
France today eased travel restrictions related to COVID-19 with the United Kingdom. The new rules mean that all travelers must be able to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 24 hours. Antigen and PCR tests are valid, but it makes sense to do a quick antigen test given their short time frame and cheaper costs. These should be certification tests and not free NHS tests.
Fully vaccinated travelers will not need a compelling reason to travel to France. They will no longer have to fill out an online passenger locator form (although a COVID-19 certificate is required). They may still be tested on arrival and quarantined if they test positive.
Unvaccinated travelers will have to follow the rules for travelers from a “red” country. This means that these passengers will have to prove that they have a dominant reason to travel to the country. Unvaccinated travelers will still need to fill out an online form prior to departure and quarantine for ten days upon arrival in the country. The French security services will enforce this order.
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