FAMILIES wanting to head to France this autumn or Christmas face being banned from restaurants, cafes and even Disneyland Paris if heading on holiday with the kids.
The current rules in France exempt kids from needing a vaccine pass to visit attractions – however, this is ending from September 30.
This means that from next month, all kids over 12 will have to have proof of vaccination to be able to go to a number of attractions and restaurants.
Not all establishments require the health passes, although the majority of cafes, restaurants, cinemas, museums and tourist attracitons – including Disneyland Paris – do, as well as some trains and airlines.
Some hotel and campsites require them to use communal areas such as the restaurants and swimming pools as well.
France has already started vaccinating kids over the age of 12, although the UK is yet to roll this out, meaning British families face problems if trying to visit.
The only way to avoid the ban on kids is to get a Covid test every 72 hours – this used to be free in France, although this now costs €29 for an antigen test or €49 for a PCR test.
This means families of four on a two week break face costs up to €400 if they need to test both kids throughout the holiday.
Kids under the age of 12 are still exempt from needing to show proof of the vaccine or have a negative Covid test.
While the health passports are currently only in place in France until November 15, the government could extend it to the Christmas period depending on the Covid situation.
France remains on the UK's amber list and the country is only letting in fully vaccinated Brits, although kids over 12 only need a negative test.
The UK is yet to rollout the vaccine for kids, although there are plans for parents of 12 to 15-year-olds to get an official letter asking for consent to give their children a Covid jab.
It comes after the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation refused to give the green light to inoculating the age group.
It said the children were at such low risk from the virus that it was not worth it.
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