Ten updates for traveling in France and around France



We take a look at the travel news that took place in France this week.

Solutions to the problem of the maiden name for women married more than once

The connection recently asked airlines and ferry companies operating in France what supporting documents a woman would need to be able to travel if her French vaccination certificate was in her maiden name, but her passport showed her married name.

Most said that presenting a document with both names, such as a marriage certificate, would be adequate, although it did not always work for everyone.

Read more: Covid vaccine in maiden name, passport in married name: what to try

Women who have been married more than once obviously cannot use their current marriage certificate as it will not show their maiden name, so we asked several tour operators what they should do.

EasyJet has said that an identification document such as a birth certificate, showing only the maiden name, would be acceptable as long as the name and date of birth match the vaccination certificate.

However, Brittany Ferries said she would need to see documentary evidence of the connection between the maiden name and the current name.

For example, a woman could travel if she could present her first marriage certificate – containing her birth name – and her second, as she would demonstrate the “sequence of name changes,” a spokesperson for Brittany Ferries said.

The UK Government’s opinion on the matter also states that: ‘If your vaccination certificate shows a different name than your passport (for example, last name / birth name), please also bring any supporting documents ( for example, marriage certificate) when traveling. “

For women who have been married more than once, having both or all of their marriage certificates with them seems to be the best solution.

Read more: No BA refund for woman banned from flying over maiden name issue

Transatlantic Traffic Almost Returned to Pre-Covid Levels After US Border Reopens

The reopening of US borders to fully vaccinated travelers from 33 countries, including France, is almost bringing transatlantic air traffic back to pre-pandemic levels.

“Before the Covid [these flights] represent 40% of our long-haul turnover, ”said Anne Rigail, CEO of Air France. “By the end of March, we will gradually return to 90% of our 2019 capacity”, which includes 122 weekly flights.

In the week of November 1, 13,200 passengers traveled to the United States with Air France, but within seven days of November 8 (reopening date), that number more than doubled to 26,600.

Air Tahiti Nui, which flies from Paris to Los Angeles, said 85% of its flights were full that same week.

The Bordeaux-Toulouse high-speed rail link will be financed by tourist taxes

The high-speed rail link (LGV) project to link Bordeaux and Toulouse still needs funding.

The president of the Occitanie region, Carole Delga, told BFMTV that the LGV – also called the large southwest project or GPSO – should be ready by 2030, but this date depends on whether or not the necessary funding is obtained. .

The State has already committed 4.1 billion euros to the device, but it takes a total of 10.3 billion euros to complete it and the local communities it would serve have been tasked with finding the rest. .

Occitanie has pledged 1.2 billion euros, Haute-Garonne 747 million euros and Toulouse Métropole 616 million euros.

However, Lot-et-Garonne has refused to pay the funds requested of it, and the mayor of Bordeaux, Pierre Hurmic, has expressed his opposition to the plans.

Mr. Hurmic said: “The project plans to slaughter 4,830 hectares of green space, farmland, vineyards and Biscay forest, while it is known that [these pieces of] nature is our best ally against climate change.

The financing required for the LGV line was based on the ongoing Grand Paris Express project, which is financed by loans, an office tax and an additional tourist tax added to the housing and property tax.

On November 10, the National Assembly voted an amendment to the 2022 finance law, which includes a new special equipment tax for many inhabitants of Occitania.

The tax will aim to collect 960 million euros over 40 years, or 24 million euros per year. It will be paid by all those who pay property tax, property tax or housing tax on second homes. Businesses that pay business property tax will also be affected.

However, these individuals and professionals will only have to pay the tax if their home or place of work is located less than sixty minutes by car from a station which will be served by the future LGV.

This is anyone living within an hour of urban centers including Toulouse, Agen, Montauban and Bordeaux, whose property tax will increase by around 0.4%.

The tax – which is due to come into force in 2023 – has encountered opposition from groups such as Europe-Ecologie, the Greens of Midi-Pyrénées and Languedoc-Roussillon, who are calling for more “transparency” from those responsible for the project. .

“This new tax was proposed to the government without its [future] contributors even being informed of the financial repercussions, ”said opponents in a statement.

Read more: The controversy erupts around the Bordeaux-Toulouse TGV line

SNCF launches a new website and a new application for daily journeys

SNCF plans to launch a new website and a new application that will allow travelers to organize their daily trips across France.

‘SNCF Connect’ will be launched in early 2022, aiming to combine the OUI.sncf sales platform with the SNCF Assistant rail traffic monitoring service.

It “will bring together all tickets, subscriptions and information in a single space. [to help] organize, book and manage your trip with TGV, Inoui, Ouigo, Intercités, TER, Thalys, Eurostar, TGV Lyria, Ile-de-France transport, long-distance bus and carpooling… from the first to the last kilometer ”, SNCF Voyageurs wrote in a statement.

Where do the French go for their Christmas holidays?

It is estimated that 20 million people in France will go on vacation during the Christmas period this year.

The French mountainous regions are of course proving popular, with one in two reservations for Savoie, according to TF1. People are also willing to spend more this year, with travelers paying an average of € 1,600 for their accommodation compared to € 1,300 previously.

SNCF has already sold 2.3 million train tickets for the Christmas holidays, or 15% more than in 2019. Its most popular destinations are Lyon, Brittany and the south-east of France.

Bookings for overseas travel are also at the same level as in 2019, although demand is lower for Asian countries, many of which have yet to reopen to travelers.

Chalair resumes Quimper-Pau flights

The French regional airline Chalair is relaunching its Quimper-Pau link to facilitate journeys to ski resorts in the Pyrenees.

The flights will take place every Saturday between January 22 and February 26, operated by a small 48-seat ATR 42-500 aircraft.

Thus, Bretons will be able to reach the Pyrenees in 1h40.

French Bee adds Paris-Los Angeles line

The low cost company French bee is launching a new link between Paris and Los Angeles in spring 2022.

From April 9, passengers will be able to travel from Paris-Orly to the Cité des Anges four times a week: Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Then in July, other flights on Wednesday and Sunday will be added.

By launching this line, French bee will compete with Air France and Air Tahiti Nui, which both serve LA from Charles de Gaulle.

Focus on the Marseille airport extension project

Work is underway to transform the currently empty space between terminals 1 and 2 at Marseille airport into the “heart of the airport”.

By 2024, when Marseille will host some Olympic events, a 22,000 m² building will be built, at a cost of 180 million euros.

This will allow the check-in, security and baggage claim areas of Terminal 1 to be moved to a much larger central space with more shops and restaurants after security.

Some climate protection organizations opposed it, arguing that it “goes against the objectives of reducing greenhouse gas emissions”. These groups fear that this project will contribute to an increase in air traffic from Marseille, which is already a very busy airport.

All Saints’ Day holidays turn out to be “better than expected” for French companies

A new study by ADN Tourisme has shown that 87% of destinations welcomed more visitors this year on All Saints’ Day than in 2020.

Although the number of holidaymakers still lags behind a “normal” year, 54% of businesses in the tourism sector said Toussaint went better than expected.

Coastal and urban destinations were particularly popular, with 92% of cities reporting an increase in visitor numbers from last year.

Departures to European destinations from France have increased by 66% this year compared to autumn 2020, but still 31% less than in 2019.

The DNA study was carried out between November 4 and 10, questioning regional tourism offices on the number and demographics of visitors they had received.

The most common source of TGV delays is forgetting your luggage

Forgotten bags cause more delays than anything else on TGV and Intercités, according to SNCF figures revealed by City, Rail and Transport.

The number of luggage accidentally left on trains has tripled in the past three years. In 2021, nearly 9,000 trains were affected, and 1,000 had to be canceled as a result.

In 2018, 3,750 hours of delay were due to forgotten bags, but in 2021 this figure has already risen to 8,330 hours.

Bags left – normally innocently – on platforms or on trains can be flagged as suspicious, sometimes requiring evacuation of stations while police assess the situation.

The Covid pandemic is believed to have made people more likely to accidentally leave their bags behind as they struggle with face masks and health cards when boarding their train.

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