France begins testing travelers from 16 countries for the virus


PARIS (AP) – Travelers entering France from 16 countries where the coronavirus is widely circulated must undergo viral tests upon arrival at French airports and ports. French Prime Minister Jean Castex announced last month that tests would be required from August 1 for arriving passengers that France allows to enter from the countries listed, unless they present proof of ” a negative test carried out within 72 hours of departure.

Those who test positive in France from Saturday must be quarantined for 14 days.

France does not allow general travel to and from the 16 countries, including the United States and Brazil. The testing requirement therefore only applies to people who enter limited circumstances – “French citizens who live in these countries or citizens of these countries with an established residence in France,” Castex said.

Daniel Court was tested at Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport after coming from the city of Nice on the French Riviera. He admitted that he didn’t like the experience.

“It’s very fast, but I have to say it’s not very pleasant. It’s surprising. But we have to do it, ”Court said.

Another female passenger who was tested after landing at Paris main airport, Nadia Vusik of Belarus, said she believed the new policy made sense.

“It’s really necessary and I’m happy that in France, it is possible to do this here. It’s very useful. ”

Health officials said the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases had jumped on the French mainland in recent weeks. The government previously made it compulsory to wear a mask in all indoor public spaces.

The French government has so far ruled out imposing another national lockdown after one that paralyzed the country for nearly two months between March and May.


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