Traffic jam warnings across France for ‘worst day of the summer’

Drivers are being warned not to travel this weekend unless absolutely necessary as an "exceptionally busy" day on the roads is forecast for Saturday.

Traffic jam warnings across France for 'worst day of the summer'
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Bison Futé – the French government-run site that monitors traffic levels – has issued a traffic jam warning for Saturday for the whole country, saying that it will be the most difficult day of the summer for drivers.

Severe tailbacks are expected on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with the worst of the traffic predicted for Saturday morning which has a black warning – the highest level of alert.

Map: Bison Futé

Traffic on Saturday afternoon will still be heavy, especially in the south east of the country.

The difficult conditions are caused as two sets of holidaymakers cross on the roads.

The juilletistes – people who take their holidays in July – will be returning this weekend, while the August holidaymakers, or aoûtiens, will be setting off leading to a perfect storm of traffic.


Bison Futé has listed conditions across the country as “difficult” for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

There are extra warnings in place for Saturday across the whole country, particularly in the morning, while the east and south east of the country are set to be very busy all day.

There is another warning in place for the weekend of August 10th, which is also a popular time for people to set off on holidays.

The Bison Futé website warned: “Saturday, August 3rd will be the most difficult day of the summer on all the country's main connecting roads.

“It corresponds to the crossfire between the juilletistes and the aoûtiens. Traffic will be extremely difficult on the vast majority of roads.

“It should be noted that throughout the weekend, traffic will be dense and often difficult on the Mediterranean arc between Italy and Spain, whether in the East-West or West-East direction on the A7, A8 and A9 motorways.
“Particular difficulties are expected on the A10 motorway near Bordeaux for the three days.”

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Travel in Europe: UK to scrap all Covid travel rules

The UK is set to scrap all Covid-19 travel restrictions in what the government described as a "landmark moment".

Travel in Europe: UK to scrap all Covid travel rules

Testing is no longer required for vaccinated travellers, but the UK government has announced that it will scrap all Covid-19 travel rules on Friday, March 18th.

“As one of the first major economies to remove all its remaining Covid-19 travel restrictions, this is a landmark moment for passengers and the travel and aviation sector,” said the Government in a press release. 

From 4am on March 18th:

  • Passengers going to the UK will no longer be required to fill out a Passenger Locator Form before travel;
  • Passengers who are not vaccinated will not be required to take a pre-departure Covid test, or a Day 2 test following arrival. Fully vaccinated travellers are already exempt from having to do this;
  • Hotel quarantine for travellers coming from ‘red list’ countries, of which there are currently none, will also be scrapped by the end of the month. 

“We will continue monitoring and tracking potential new variants, and keep a reserve of measures which can be rapidly deployed if needed to keep us safe,” said UK Health Minister Sajid Javid. 

The UK has lifted all Covid-related rules including mask rules and mandatory self-isolation if you test positive for Covid.

Some European countries still have Covid restrictions in place for unvaccinated people coming from the UK. 

Until March 18th

Until the new rules come into effect, all travellers are required to fill out a passenger locator form. 

Unvaccinated travellers are also required to take pre-departure test and a test on or before Day 2 following their arrival. 

The UK border officers will recognise proof of vaccination provided with an EU Covid Certificate.

For the UK “fully vaccinated” means 14 days after your final dose of a EMA/FDA or Swiss approved vaccine (Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson). 

After a period of confusion, the UK government says that it will accept mixed doses administered in the EU (eg one dose of AstraZeneca and one of Pfizer).

However people who have only had a single dose after previously recovering from Covid – which is standard practice in some European countries – are not accepted as vaccinated by the UK.