The Daily Herald – Revisions to travel protocols between France and its overseas territories

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Air Caraïbes at L’Esperance Airport in Grand Case.MARIGOT – The French Ministry of Overseas Affairs, under the direction of the new Minister Sébastien Lecornu, has announced new COVID-19 provisions that specify the travel conditions between France and its overseas territories.

For passengers wishing to travel to an overseas territory, travelers over 11 years of age must produce a negative COVID-19 test carried out within 72 hours before boarding. This negative result is a guarantee of security: it is compulsory and will be requested upon boarding.

Passengers will also be required to submit an affidavit stating that they have no symptoms and are not aware of having been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the 14 days preceding the flight. From July 18, the airline will deny boarding to passengers traveling to an overseas territory who do not present any of these documents.

Passengers bound for French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Saint-Martin, Saint-Barthélemy, Saint-Pierre and Miquelon, Réunion and Mayotte are no longer subject to compulsory quarantine at ‘arrival. However, the public authorities recommend that those concerned scrupulously respect the barrier / hand hygiene measures, avoid public gatherings and busy public places, wear a mask during this period and submit to a seven-day check. after their arrival.

These are important measures that help detect possible asymptomatic cases and minimize the risk of the virus spreading. For Pacific communities, specific rules – taken by local authorities – apply to the reception of care.

In addition, for passengers from French Guiana or Mayotte, travelers from or to these areas of active virus circulation should continue to justify a compelling reason to travel. Pre-boarding tests are compulsory for passengers arriving from French Guiana and Mayotte where the virus is actively circulating, and who are traveling directly to another overseas territory where the virus does not circulate.

Upon arrival, they may be subject to a quarantine measure by the prefect of the territory (seven days) in order to further reduce the risk of contamination for people who may be in the incubation phase of the virus and, therefore, not detectable by screening test. The rule of quarantine is to isolate oneself at home, to protect the vulnerable people and their close relations, by refusing any contact and by systematically using barrier gestures.

For passengers wishing to travel to France from an overseas territory, it is no longer necessary to justify an overriding reason to go to mainland France. However, certain health conditions remain, such as controlling the temperature before boarding and wearing a mask in the terminal and on the plane. Travelers must also complete a sworn declaration that they do not have COVID-19.

In the particular cases of passengers from Mayotte and French Guiana to France, travelers from or to these areas of active virus circulation should continue to demonstrate the compelling reasons for their trip. Under the decree of July 10, the government chose not to impose a test before embarking on flights from Mayotte and French Guyana to France, so as not to saturate the test capacities of these territories and do not impose more stringent constraints against travel between these territories and France.

In the absence of a pre-boarding test, 14 home tests will be recommended to them upon arrival in France in order to protect their loved ones and their environment.

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