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flipflopson5thavenue · 18/12/2021 19:13

Can anyone explain the exceptions to the travel ban for France?

We’re British, and my British mum lives in France. She is a long term resident and has her post-Brexit resident card etc. (she’s applied for French citizenship but it’s not gone through yet)

I don’t understand if we can travel to France to visit her? She’s not dying or sick… but we’re the family of a French resident. Does that mean we don’t need a compelling reason to travel?

I can’t work out if we can travel to visit her next week or not.

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PAFMO · 19/12/2021 07:05

No, I don't think so. If it were the other way round, and she had found herself in the UK, then she could go home, but not the other way round. (As I understand it)

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THisbackwithavengeance · 19/12/2021 07:16

She could pretend to be sick and so needs you there urgently?

You could fly/get ferry to Belgium and then drive overland from there?

Let's not pretend this is anything other than the political equivalent of throwing your toys out the pram because Macron is pissed off with Johnson.

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LakeShoreD · 19/12/2021 07:29

I don’t think you would meet the grounds for travel no.

Can your mum not come here instead? I think that would be allowed- the French are being told not to the travel to the U.K. but British citizen is a permitted reason and then her residency would allow her to return.

Lots of useful info here:
m.facebook.com/ukinfrance

And pressing grounds for travel reasons here:
www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/coming-to-france/coming-to-france-your-covid-19-questions-answered/article/list-of-pressing-grounds-for-travel-to-from-orange-countries

And no you can’t fake she’s unwell, she needs to be critical, and a proper medical certificate would be needed to prove it! And I really wouldn’t try illegally sneaking across the Belgian border. I agree it’s all political but those are completely ridiculous suggestions.

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flipflopson5thavenue · 19/12/2021 07:42

Thank you, I thought as much :(

Yes I think she’ll have to come here. Am so glad I spent £200 on tests last week so we could go… Angry

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InvincibleInvisibility · 19/12/2021 07:47

Not even French citizens who live in UK can go to France without a motif imperieux. Visiting family doesn't count

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notimagain · 19/12/2021 08:01

@InvincibleInvisibility

Not even French citizens who live in UK can go to France without a motif imperieux. Visiting family doesn't count

Yes they can enter France - being a French Citizen in itself is a standalone reason to enter France, residency not required, from the attestation:

“Ressortissant français, ainsi que son conjoint (marié, pacsé et concubin) et ses enfants.”

As an aside yes a lot of this is politics…any politician is going to start paying attention if a politician in neighbouring state starts talking about a tidal wave of infections…he or she would be stupid not to.

Given the news overnight it will be interesting to if Mr Scholz starts to vilified in the UK MSM and elsewhere in the way Mr Macron has been.
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tidyupandeatyourgreens · 19/12/2021 10:37

sorry to hear of your predicament flipflop and I totally get the horrible feeling of having spent so much money on non refundable tests! I spent £302 on Wednesday evening, only to wake up to the awful news on Thursday morning. Having thought we couldn't go, I have by some miracle got my French passport through (yesterday!) and so hoping to now fly out on the 23rd (if no further restrictions are implemented between now and then and the flight isn't cancelled)...thanks for clarifying the point about citizenship notimagain, I was getting confused about the meaning of 'ressortisant', whether this has anything to do with residency or not but it seems not. I have always lived in the UK but all of my family live in France and I will be travelling over to be with them (along with my husband and 2 children who only have British passports). It's all so mind boggling complicated....

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Gretaburley · 19/12/2021 11:48

Apparently British visitors to France were being refused entry at Bergerac airport yesterday.

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notimagain · 19/12/2021 12:14

@Gretaburley

Apparently British visitors to France were being refused entry at Bergerac airport yesterday.

Be interesting to get the details/know why they weren’t denied boarding by airline staff at the UK end (assuming the flights originated in the UK).
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