On Tuesday, new health restrictions will come into force in metropolitan France. Travel will be authorized again, but supervised by a curfew from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. On the other hand, the overseas territories escape these measures. A few days before the Christmas holidays, it is therefore possible to travel at the last minute, despite the constraints linked to the epidemic of Covid-19. Gavin’s Clemente Ruiz, general secretary of the Guide du Routard, delivers his advice on Europe 1 on Monday.
Heading for the West Indies
“We’re going to get by anyway. Nothing stops, everything continues. We must not act as if, but we will do a little with it, on the contrary. With the mask, the disease that is still there, the virus which circulates, but yet, we can leave, “he assures us. “Indeed, good plans exist and we can still go, for 500 or 700 euros, to Guadeloupe, we can go to Martinique, we can go to the sun. The only problem will be to choose the index of your Solar cream.”
The French Antilles are currently very popular, leading Air France and Air Caraïbes to increase their flight offers. In Guadeloupe, in particular, all tourist sectors are recording an increase in reservations. A boon for the local economy since the holiday season usually corresponds to the high season. According to Gavin’s Clemente Ruiz, the French overseas departments and territories will be the “stars of the period”. “You just need to have your identity card,” he explains. “There are lots of promotions, planes that are added.”
Morocco, South Africa, Malta, Portugal … or the mountains
Travel to other destinations, however, is more complex. Especially since regulations fluctuate regularly. Gavin’s Clemente Ruiz also encourages travelers to consult the website Routard.com or that of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs before planning a trip. “In Europe, it’s quite complicated. You have to do a PCR test almost 72 hours before leaving,” he analyzes. “It’s almost systematic. And even then, quite simply for your well-being and your safety, you have to be tested before leaving.”
“Of course you have to choose destinations where all you need is the PCR test and no quarantine on arrival. For example England or Ireland, you need 14 days of quarantine,” said the expert. travelling. There are then several destinations such as Portugal, Madeira, Malta. “There is also Morocco, which is slowly reopening its borders. We can go for a walk in Marrakech, we can go to Fez, we can go into the desert. We can also go a little further, to Tanzania, if we has funds. There’s South Africa too, which is open as well, “lists Gavin’s Clemente Ruiz.
And for mountain lovers, despite the closure of the ski lifts, family vacations are still possible. “It’s not just skiing. You can also go snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, cross-country skiing. You can also paraglide, from 5 years old with children, if you wish. “, lists the secretary general for the drafting of Guide du Routard. Some winter sports resorts bear the “Plus Label”, which provides specific welcome for the youngest.