France has announced that visitors from the UK must have proof of a negative Covid test within the past 24 hours if they have not been vaccinated.
In addition to British visitors, Spanish, Portuguese, Cypriot, Greek and Dutch tourists will have to take a Covid test the day before their trip to France.
Prime Minister Jean Castex made the announcement, which is a crackdown on the country’s previous rule on UK visitors needing a negative test in the past 48 hours yesterday.
But the rule only applies to those who have not been doubly vaccinated with a vaccine recognized by the European Medicines Agency – Pfizer, BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca or Johnson & Johnson.
Meanwhile, the UK government is set to lift the 10-day home quarantine requirement for fully vaccinated Britons returning from Orange List countries from tomorrow.
But in an unexpected turn, the Ministry of Transport announced Friday evening that the rule would not apply to France.
France, which has a significantly lower case rate than the UK, hit back last night by tightening its Covid restrictions for those entering from Britain.
And although the country has a lower case rate than the UK, there was an increase from 1,874 on June 26 to 5,811 on Friday.
President Emmanuel Macron recently announced that vaccine passports would be required to enter most public places and that all healthcare workers must be fully immunized or they could suffer the consequences.
Prime Minister Jean Castex (pictured) made the announcement, which is a crackdown on the country’s previous rule on UK visitors needing a negative test in the past 48 hours, yesterday
President Emmanuel Macron (right) recently announced that vaccine passports would be required to enter most public places and that all healthcare workers must be fully immunized or they could suffer the consequences.
About half of the French population, 35.5 million people, has received at least one vaccine.
Speaking on possible changes to the UK Amber Lists, Paul Charles, Managing Director of travel consultancy The PC Agency, said: ‘It is now known as the Amber List Plus, which they like it or not.
“France is one of the big three countries that we visit every year and I think the concern is that the government will look at Spain and Greece and potentially add them to the amber plus category.
“I think we might see other changes as countries show higher infection rates. “