France has imposed travel restrictions and a temporary international travel ban on UK and American citizens following a deadly terrorist attack in Paris.
France’s Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said that “interim” travel restrictions would remain in place “until the French authorities have completed their investigation”.
He said that the measures would be “intended to protect the security of the French people”, and the ban would not affect any future trips.
Cazeneveu said he wanted to “reassure the French public” that “the investigation into the attacks will not interfere with their right to travel”.
He added that the French government had taken measures to increase security in order to “protect our citizens from the danger posed by terrorists”.
France is currently on high alert after a spate of deadly attacks on the streets of the capital, including the attacks in November, when gunmen opened fire on crowds in a metro station.
France is on high security alert after the November attacks, including at airportsThe US said on Wednesday it was suspending the US visa waiver program for citizens of Syria, Libya, Iran, Iraq, North Korea, Sudan, Somalia and Yemen.
In the UK, the Government has imposed a “security and safety alert” on the UK.
The Foreign Office said that a security alert for the UK was in place and would continue for the next 24 hours.
A US State Department spokesperson said that there was “no change” to the UK travel ban, which will remain in effect until the US Government completes its investigation.
“We continue to work with all partners and partners across the region to continue to provide support for the safety of all of our citizens,” the spokesperson said.
The UK has not imposed any restrictions on UK citizens travelling to the US, but it will continue to apply travel restrictions to the United States until it has concluded its investigation into last week’s Paris attacks.
Britain has not suspended the travel ban that the US imposed on Monday, but its Prime Minister Theresa May said it was working with the US to ease the situation.
“The Government is taking all necessary steps to ensure the safety and security of our people and the people of the UK and its allies,” she said.
A security alert has been issued for the country until the investigation is complete, Downing Street said.
In Washington, a State Department official said that Washington was working closely with the French Government to ensure that any change in US visa restrictions would be in line with the Paris Attacks.
“For US citizens, the travel restrictions will remain,” the official said.
The official added that Washington is also working closely in other nations to ease any restrictions.