France to charge foreign tourists for Covid-19 tests from tomorrow – .

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France to charge foreign tourists for Covid-19 tests from tomorrow – .


Foreign tourists will have to pay for Covid-19 tests in France from tomorrow (July 7).
This announcement was made by the French government in early July and is a turnaround as it previously said all tests in France would be free for passing tourists.

Government spokesman Gabriel Attal said the decision was made because most other countries require tourists, including the French, to pay for the tests.

Tourists will be charged € 49 for a PCR test and € 29 for rapid antigen testing.

French citizens and residents will still have access to free Covid-19 tests. The tests will also be free for people with a medical prescription.

Reimbursement of tests taken abroad by people residing in France

Assurance Maladie, a French health insurance service, will cover the costs of certain tests carried out abroad.

Tests taken in an EU country and in Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland:

Covid-19 tests performed for medical (presence of Covid-19 symptoms) or administrative reasons (when tests are mandatory to enter or leave an EU state) are 100% covered up to 35 €.

People can present their European health insurance card, the French version is known as the EHIC, at the time of the test to benefit from this coverage.

If you do not have one of these cards, you can claim the money on your return via the French public health insurance service.

You must complete the form “S3125 care received abroad” and submit it to the Health Insurance.

However, French Minister of Health Olivier Véran said in mid-June that Covid-19 tests carried out abroad by people residing in France wishing to return to France would not be covered by health insurance.

This means that tests performed for medical reasons will still be covered, but not those performed for administrative reasons.

The government has yet to announce the details of this update or when this rule will take effect.

Tests taken in another country:

People traveling to non-EU countries, such as the UK and US, will be eligible for reimbursement for Covid-19 tests performed solely for medical reasons, up to 27% of the cost.

In the UK, Covid-19 tests performed for medical reasons are already free. The tests carried out for travel reasons are chargeable, the prices varying according to the laboratory or the service used by the customers. France will not cover the cost of tests taken for reasons of travel to the UK as it is not a member of the EU.

To benefit from any reimbursement, you must complete the “S3125 treatment received abroad” form and submit it to the Health Insurance, along with a medical prescription.

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