FRANCE is back on the table for summer holidays, after officials lifted a travel ban to the country.

It gives Brits another major boost when it comes to holidays, although they'll still have to wait until at least May 17 before they can make the dash across the Channel under Boris Johnson's roadmap to freedom.

Today French officials opened up the nation to arrivals from a list of nations outside of the EU that had been banned from making non-essential journeys.

Travellers will no longer need a “compelling reason” to come from the UK, along with Australia, South Korea, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, and Singapore.

The new measures come into force on Friday, but Brits will have to wait at least another nine weeks to be able to get across the channel legally.

Those wanting to plan ahead with a trip to France can find some great deals:

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  • British Airways Holidays three-night breaks in Paris from £348pp
  • British Airways Holidays 7-night holidays in the French Riviera from £426pp
  • camping pitches across France from £6 per night
  • Eurocamp 4-night camping holidays in Southern France from £137 per stay
  • Eurocamp 4-night camping holidays in Northern France from £196 per stay
  • Eurostar to Paris in June from £78 return
  • EasyJet June holidays in France from £292pp
  • Love Holidays July holidays in France from £179pp
  • Jet2Holidays September holidays in France from £451pp
  • On The Beach June holidays in the Cote d'Azur from £307pp
  • Flights to France with EasyJet from £24.99 each way 
  • Flights to France with Jet2 from £29 one way
  • Snaptrip 7-night holiday home rentals in France from £202

Speaking about the travel ban being lifted, French tourism minister Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne said: “The list includes Britain, because the UK variant now also circulates widely in France.”

Passengers will still need to show a negative PCR test taking in the last 72 hours to be allowed in though.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said on Wednesday Brits will have a better understand on when to book plans this summer from April 12, when he will publish the review of the Global Travel Taskforce’s recommendations.

But he said he was "hopeful" foreign breaks would go ahead.

For those looking for holiday inspiration, we've found cheap all inclusive holidays for this summer and there are many cheap package holidays.

For breaks in the UK, holiday parks are offering huge bargains – some of which start from £3pp a night – and we've found the best UK holiday parks with children’s entertainment and the best holiday parks with outdoor pools.

We've also rounded up great deals in the UK's warmest places and found the best kid-friendly beaches and England's best family-friendly seaside towns.

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