When will Eurostar reopen?

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The coronavirus pandemic has brought global travel to a standstill, but worldwide vaccine rollout is expected to bring about the eventual end of travel restrictions. In England, the success of the vaccination programme and the reduced number of Covid cases has meant travel restrictions can start to be eased later this month. But for those hoping to hop on the Eurostar for a trip to France, it could be some time before this is legally permitted again.

Are Eurostar services currently running?

Some Eurostar services are running at the present time, but there are a number of route and timetable disruptions in place.

The Eurostar website explains: “Due to the ongoing situation we’ve significantly reduced our timetable but please be aware that we continue to operate some services to allow those that are required to travel to do so.

“Services continue to operate between London, Lille, Paris and Brussels, Amsterdam and Rotterdam with a reduced timetable in place.”

When will some Eurostar routes reopen?

Eurostar services have not stopped at Ashford or Ebbsfleet in Kent since March 2020.

In September 2020, Eurostar announced services will not stop in Kent until 2022.

A Eurostar spokesman said at the time: “Given the uncertain outlook, it is crucial that we adapt and take action to reduce our costs so that we protect our business for the future.”

The Eurostar direct service to Marne La Vallee for Disneyland Paris has also been suspended up until October 22, 2021.

When will more Eurostar trains run?

People using Eurostar services in recent months have had to start their journeys at London St Pancras when travelling from the UK.

For several months the train company has only been operating one Paris-London train service per day.

But the company will increase its timetable on May 27 to two trains per day.

Many travel operators are hopeful there will be increased demand for travel later this year as more restrictions begin to ease.

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What are the rules on travel to France?

Currently, people in the UK are not permitted to travel to France for non-essential reasons.

From May 17, some international non-essential travel is permitted to resume for people in England.

However, France, Belgium and the Netherlands, where the Eurostar travels to, are not currently included on the approved ‘green’ list of countries.

All three nations are on the ‘amber’ list as of May 12, which means people should not travel to these countries for leisure purposes.

Upon return to England after visiting France, Belgium or the Netherlands, people are required to quarantine for 10 days.

There is also a requirement to take a Covid test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8.

Countries on the amber list can be moved to the red list without warning, which means people will need to quarantine in a managed hotel upon arrival in England.

The rate for one adult in one room for 10 days (11 nights) will cost the person travelling £1,750.

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