US travel ban stopping visit to widowed mother in France

Margaret Phillips with her husband Alan

An elderly British woman has told Connexion how she found herself alone in France after her husband died earlier this year, and her daughter in the US is unable to get to her due to the Covid-19 travel restrictions.

In March Margaret Phillips', 80, husband Alan, 84, passed away after suffering from pneumonia caused by Covid-19.

The elderly couple had lived together in France since 2012. 

One of her daughters, 56-year-old Helen Simonson who lives in the US, has been desperately trying to get to France to see her mother, but has been told by the French embassy in New York that “no exceptions” would be made to contravene restrictions on people in the US going to France at this time. 

Mrs Simonson expressed frustration to The Connexion: “Now my mother has been alone for months and it is weighing on ...

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