Daily Post – June 18th

Living through a pandemic

in the south of France

454 days in Carcassonne since

1st lockdown in March 2020


▫️ TRAVEL NEWS by train

SNCF: a new tariff offer from 17 June

To help you get around, and to make its discount offers easier to understand, the SNCF is introducing a single Avantage card and an annual teleworking package. From 17 June 2021, the new single Avantage card will replace the Avantage famille, Avantage week-end, Avantage senior and Avantage Jeune cards. Capped prices, reduced exchange and reimbursement, specific offer for seniors, loyalty programme… What are the conditions for taking advantage of these offers? Find out in detail from Service-Public.fr.

Who is concerned? The new Avantage card concerns the following customer profiles

□ young people: 12-27 years old;
□ adults: 27-59 years old;
□ seniors: over 60 years old.

Please note: The price of the card is still €49. In addition to the guaranteed 30% discount on trains, the new Avantage card allows you to benefit from capped prices in 2nd class on all destinations in France, regardless of the day and time of booking.

What are the capped prices? The Avantage card allows you to take advantage of accessible prices, even at the last minute, i.e:

□ 39 € for short journeys (under 1h30) ;
□ 59 € for intermediate journeys (between 1h30 and 3h);
□ 79 € for the longest journeys (more than 3 hours);
□ Children aged 4 to 11 (up to 3 children) accompanying the holder of a ticket benefit from a 60% reduction, i.e:19 € for short journeys (under 1h30) ;
29 € for intermediate journeys (between 1h30 and 3h);
39 € for the longest journeys (more than 3 hours);

If you have the current cards (Avantage famille, Avantage week-end, Avantage senior and Avantage Jeune), you will automatically benefit from the capped prices for all TGV INOUI and Intercités journeys.

From 17 June 2021, you can exchange tickets and obtain a free refund up to and including 3 days before departure for Loisirs fares (2nd and 1st class fares, including Prem’s and Avantage card fares).

From 2 days before departure, charges will apply: €15 on TGV INOUI and 40% of the ticket price with a maximum of €12 on Intercités with compulsory reservation.

Good to know: In mid-June, the SNCF will be offering a new price indicator on the website and at the beginning of July on the application. In concrete terms, by clicking on the minimum and maximum price for this journey, you will be able to see the lowest and highest price in 2nd class for TGV INOUI and OUIGO.

A new offer for seniors: From the beginning of 2022, the SNCF will offer an unlimited TGVmax pass for people aged 60 and over. The TGVmax senior offer consists of :

□ a subscription for €79 per month, as for 16-27 year olds;
□ a 100% digital offer, online registration in a few clicks with an account activated within 48 hours.

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▫️ TRAVEL NEWS – From France’s point of view. (🔸 =New)

17/06: Indonesia may start to reopen its borders in July, but it is not clear how.
17/06: The UK is considering re-allowing vaccinated Britons to travel. It is not yet known whether vaccinated Europeans will be able to enter the kingdom without quarantine.
17/06: Ireland to reopen its borders without quarantine on 19 July.
17/06: Latvia has reopened its borders.
17/06: Hungary will reopen its borders on 24 June.
17/06: The list of green, orange and red countries for entry to and exit from France has been updated:

▸ Canada, USA move to green list (but these countries do not yet allow travellers from Europe)

▸ Turkey moves to orange list

▸ Afghanistan, Maldives and Paraguay move to red list

17/06: Unvaccinated people without compelling reasons can now travel to French Polynesia if they have been in the US for at least 15 days (previously 1 month) even if they are not American.

16/06: Thailand gives itself 120 days to fully reopen its borders. Source
16/06: Malawi closes land and sea borders. Source : Email from Malawi Tourism Council

15/06: Morocco has reopened its air and sea borders.
15/06: The launch of the health pass in the European Union is scheduled for 1 July, but Member States retain the possibility of reintroducing certain travel restrictions, particularly in the case of variants. States agreed to harmonise the validity periods of PCR tests (no more than 72 hours before arrival at destination) and antigenic tests (no more than 48 hours). They also agreed that travelling children under 12 years of age should be exempt from testing and that minors travelling with their parents or an accompanying adult should not be required to undergo quarantine if the accompanying adult is not subject to it. However, the implementation of these decisions is not binding.

14/06: Vaccinated travellers will no longer need a PCR test to enter Kyrgyzstan from 19 June.
14/06: Vaccinated people no longer need to be tested to enter Bosnia and Herzegovina.

12/06: The first phase of the reopening of the borders of Mauritius will start on 15 July, provided you are vaccinated and test negative. A 14-day quarantine will be imposed. Unrestricted travel to Mauritius will not be possible until 1 October.

11/06: France is now placed by the Romanian authorities in the “yellow zone”, with reduced entry conditions. Travellers arriving from France are exempt from quarantine.
11/06: Vaccinated people no longer need to be tested to enter Honduras.

10/06: As of 21 June, it will be possible to download a certificate of vaccination, certified in accordance with European standards, with English subtitles, from the Health Insurance teleservice. This certificate will be part of the authorised proof for travelling within the European Union as of 1 July.

09/06: The United States on Tuesday took the first measured steps towards a return to international travel, easing its warning to people wishing to travel to several countries, including France, and announcing the creation of working groups with key partners to prepare for this resumption.
09/06: Vaccinated people can now travel outside the EU directly from France without compelling reasons. Non-vaccinated tourists can only leave Europe from a country other than France. See the rules for entering / leaving France
09/06 : Guadeloupe, Martinique and Saint-Martin : End of the compelling reason. PCR test less than 72 hours old, even for vaccinated persons. Self-isolation of 7 days for non-vaccinated persons.
09/06 : Reunion and Mayotte : End of the urgent reason only for vaccinated persons. PCR test of less than 72 hours.
09/06: French Polynesia: End of urgent reason only for vaccinated persons. PCR test less than 72 hours old.
09/06: French Guiana, New Caledonia and Wallis and Futuna: Compelling reason maintained
09/06: Canada may begin to gradually open its border with the United States to vaccinated people from 22 June.

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