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The airport that serves Saint-Tropez can continue to accept direct flights from outside the Schengen zone after a vociferous campaign. Local politicians had told the French government that removing the ability of La Mole/Saint-Tropez and Castellet to accept such flights would be a heavy blow for the local economy.
However, according to a letter from the Minister of the Interior, Bruno Le Roux, the acceptance of direct flights from outside the Schengen zone into Saint-Tropez will be open from the summer of 2017 and during peak holiday periods, while Castellet will enjoy more limited privileges.
President of the PACA region, Christian Estrosi, said that while he welcomed the central government’s change of heart, it was not enough and that he would be campaigning along with other local officials for a complete reversion to the previous arrangements. The original move to close the local airports to flights originating outside the Schengen zone was made in the interests of saving manpower.
French Health Minister Olivier Véran has announced plans to step up the fight against a second wave of Covid, placing new temporary restrictions on Nice and Marseille.
People travelling from Monaco to Italy for quick trips will not be required to produce PCR tests, however passengers flying out of Nice for longer periods will be subject to the new rules.
Transavia has announced its first five domestic routes that include a new run between Nice Côte d’Azur and Nantes Atlantique airports starting in November.
The French Riviera has now been declared a “red zone”, meaning the Covid-19 virus is actively circulating in the region and tough restrictions could be reintroduced.