France begins testing travelers from 16 countries for the virus

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PARIS – Travelers entering France from 16 countries where the coronavirus circulates widely 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.

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