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    France closes borders to most non-EU travel due to continuously high infection rate and new mutations of coronavirus

    Published on January 31, 2021

    France will close its borders to non-European Union countries for all except essential travel starting Sunday. However, French Prime Minister Jean Castex has resisted imposing a widely anticipated third lockdown. Testing requirements from inside the EU will also be tightened.

    The French Prime Minister said that “the next few days will be decisive” in terms of any possible new restrictions. Infections remain high in France, despite recent rule tightening.

    The new restrictions may affect the UK, now no longer in the EU. However, UK transport secretary Grant Shapps clarified on Twitter that the change would not impact hauliers transporting goods to or from the UK.