However, the rules for traveling to non-EU countries vary.
France’s announcement of a “green, orange, red” color code for non-EU countries – similar to the UK’s “traffic light” system – is expected to simplify and standardize the rules by depending on the color assigned.
Tourism Minister Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne said further details would be provided in the coming weeks.
Laurent Abitbol, boss of the travel agency of Marietton and Selectour, interviewed by the media of the tourism industry Tourist Echo, states that he discussed the plan in more detail with Mr. Lemoyne and that, in summary:
- Red will mean people shouldn’t go on vacation to these countries, which will include Brazil and India
- Orange will mean that you can go but under certain conditions (to be defined)
- Green means you will simply have to show a recent negative Covid test result when you return to France.
It is also hoped that from mid-June a European “digital green certificate” device, linked to a French project health pass, will allow people to easily show their state of health in order to facilitate travel within the EU. The certificate would show information such as having a recent negative Covid test, having had and recovered from Covid, or being fully vaccinated.
This should mean that those who return and can show they are vaccinated will not have to test negative as well.
The EU is known to be in talks with several non-EU countries, including the US, about compatibility with their own similar systems and / or documents that would be acceptable to their visitors. .
What factors will be used to define the color of the countries?
The French traffic light system will codify countries according to their perceived level of health risk, taking into account data such as the number of cases and the spread of variants.
France has already put in place different travel rules for travel within countries based on these factors, which are considered to be an indication of what will be required under the new color coding system, although details are subject to change and country categories may be reassessed. .
For those looking to travel to the UK this summer, the good news is that France has already placed the UK on a relatively ‘light’ restriction regime, given its recent good results in containing the virus.
What are the current rules for travel inside and outside the EU?
The rules below relate to French requirements; other requirements may be in place in the destination country, although it is hoped that complications will be minimal within the EU, especially once the ‘digital green certificate’ is in place.
Right now, for example, French people arriving in Italy are to be quarantined for five days – this is expected to end on May 15. Other country-by-country information is provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Testing requirements are for travelers 11 years of age or older.
Traveling to other EU countries: Nothing is required for outbound trips; a negative PCR test carried out in the previous 72 hours before departure must be presented on return, as well as a sworn statement that you have no symptoms of Covid, have not to your knowledge been in contact with someone infected in the previous 14 days, and are willing to take another Covid test on arrival if asked
Travel to Australia, South Korea, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, UK and Singapore: As above, but those returning are urged to undertake a seven-day ‘voluntary’ quarantine and take another Covid test before completion.
Go to most other countries in the world, with the exception of the list below: You must complete a certificate giving an urgent reason for the trip, which will be verified before departure; the return conditions are the same as above
Travel to Brazil, Argentina, Chile, South Africa, India, United Arab Emirates, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, Qatar, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Bahrain, Colombia, Costa Rica and Uruguay: As above, but there are additional testing and quarantine requirements.
– Negative PCR test carried out 36 hours before departure, or negative PCR test 72 hours before departure plus antigen test carried out less than 24 hours before departure.
– Arrivals must provide documents indicating the home address or another place (hotel, etc.) where they will undertake a mandatory 10-day quarantine, including the modalities of access if necessary (in the event of a visit by officials for carry out checks). This is not necessary if the person is going to self-isolate in an officially designated place.
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