France now requires Covid tests for high-risk arrivals at airports

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The new rules were announced by Prime Minister Jean Castex a week ago and came into effect on Saturday August 1.Any passenger arriving in France via airports from a “at risk”, “red” country must either present proof of a negative Covid-19 test within the last 72 hours, or undergo one – free of charge – at the arrival.

Which countries are considered “at risk” and “red”?

This applies to 16 countries, to which France’s borders are technically closed in order to limit the spread of the virus. These are countries in which Covid-19 is still considered to be at too high levels and circulating rapidly.

Only people “of French nationality or of these countries having a stable residence in France” are therefore authorized to enter France from these countries. This still applies to 10,000 to 15,000 people per …

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