France imposes stricter restrictions on arrivals from Bahrain, Colombia, Costa Rica and Uruguay – fr

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France imposes stricter restrictions on arrivals from Bahrain, Colombia, Costa Rica and Uruguay – fr


At a time when most European countries are reopening their borders to travelers from third countries, France has decided to expand the list of countries whose arrivals are subject to stricter restrictions on arrival in mainland France, from May 17th.
According to a press release from the French government, Bahrain, Colombia, Costa Rica and Uruguay have been added to the list of countries at high risk for COVID-19, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.

« While the epidemic situation is improving on the national territory, the spread of the virus in certain countries, and in particular of several variants of interest, has raised fears of a risk of increased transmissibility or of vaccine leakage, which requires strengthening. control measures. arrivals from these countries“Said the government, announcing the decision.

The list was drawn up in April and initially included India, Brazil, Argentina, Chile and South Africa. Later, on May 8, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Turkey and Pakistan were added to the same list.

At the same time, the ban on arrivals from these areas remains in effect, which means that those eligible to enter France are only the following:

  • French nationals
  • spouses and children of French nationals
  • European Union nationals having their main residence in France
  • third-country nationals having their main residence in France

Arrivals from countries on the high-risk list must show negative results from a negative COVID-19 test carried out in the last 36 hours when arriving in France, instead of 72 as is the case for arrivals from ‘other countries. They will also be subject to a ten-day quarantine period, decided by prefectural decree and accompanied by restrictions on departure times from the quarantine place.

« A verification system is set up, before boarding and then on arrival, of the existence of a quarantine place adapted to health requirements and quarantine compliance checks are carried out at home by the police or the gendarmerie. national level, accompanied by increased fines in the event of non-compliance with the isolationThe government further notes.

Last week, SchengenVisaInfo.com reported that on May 6, the country’s police carried out 2,479 quarantine checks and fined 141 people who violated quarantine rules upon arrival. Data shows that to date, around 4,000 people who have reached France from countries on the high-risk list have undergone police quarantine checks.

France is currently the fourth most affected country in the world by the Coronavirus, with 5,877,787 cases recorded to date, of which 107,616 have resulted in death and 653,466 are active.

Currently, France has more relaxed restrictions in place for only a few non-EU countries, including Australia, the UK and New Zealand.

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