France today eased part of its ban on travel from England, a move prompted by the discovery of a rapidly spreading variant of the coronavirus in the United Kingdom. France was among roughly 50 countries that imposed travel restrictions with the United Kingdom amid concern over the variant (see related CIDRAP News story). The French travel ban created huge backups of cargo trucks waiting to board ferries to France at the Port of Dover. Under an agreement with the English government, truck drivers, French citizens, and British nationals living in France are allowed to travel to France from England if they’ve tested negative for coronavirus less than 72 hours before departure, the BBC reports. National Health Service staff have been deployed to the port to test thousands of truck drivers.

 

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