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France and Belgium pave the way for the UK

France and Belgium allowed their citizens and foreigners living on their soil to return home from Britain from Wednesday. In doing so, Paris and Brussels are easing the strict restrictions imposed on Britain the other day due to the coronavirus pandemic, as recommended by the European Commission.

So far, dozens of countries have announced that

Reception of flights departing from Great Britain has been suspended, but countries close to the island nation do not allow arrivals with other means of transport on the European continent.

This is because the British government announced the identification of a new type of coronavirus last week.

The European Commission asked EU member states to ease the ban on Tuesday.

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From Wednesday, France will allow its citizens and residents of Great Britain to enter the United Kingdom on the condition that they test themselves for coronavirus 72 hours before departure, with negative results. Respectively, France accepts anyone from Great Britain residing on the mainland under the same conditions.

The test can be any test that also detects a new type of coronavirus that has been discovered in the UK.

Diplomatic sources in Brussels said that France is also re-allowing the passage of freight with the crew of the transport vehicle. For the past two days, only passenger trains were allowed to cross without crew and passengers.

Belgium introduced a similar measure on Tuesday evening, but its communication concerns only Belgian citizens and residents.

Rail company Eurostar announced Tuesday night that its trains will be returning from the UK to the mainland and that trains will be available to passengers “under certain conditions”.