Paris makes transport free for under-18s: Here’s what you need to do

Young residents of Paris can get their public transport costs for the school year 2020-2021 reimbursed. The form was made available online on Thursday.

Paris makes transport free for under-18s: Here's what you need to do
Thousands of people take public transport in the French capital every day. Photo: AFP

Those who qualify for the reimbursement are under 18s who purchase an Imagine R student Navigo pass, which covers Paris and the surrounding Île-de-France region, or the Velib' bicycle subscription “V-Plus Jeune”.

Visitors to the French capital will not be able to benefit form the measure.

The form you need to benefit from the scheme can be accessed here.

Providing free public transport to all young Parisians was one of Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo's promises during her re-election bid for the municipal elections in May 2020.

Around 135,000 young Parisians will potentially be able to benefit from the measure.

The City of Paris also set up a new  'junior' transport pass, which lets children aged between 4 and 11 travel on all transport in Ile-de-France for €24 per month of September 1st.

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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.