France will require a negative Covid test within 24 hours for certain European arrivals – .

France will require a negative Covid test within 24 hours for certain European arrivals – .

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                La France a déclaré samedi qu'elle exigerait que les personnes non complètement vaccinées et arrivant de certains pays européens présentent un test Covid négatif effectué au cours des 24 heures précédentes.

                                    <p>Les arrivées en provenance du Royaume-Uni, d'Espagne, du Portugal, de Chypre, de Grèce et des Pays-Bas seront soumises à la nouvelle règle, qui entrera en vigueur de samedi à dimanche à minuit, a déclaré le Premier ministre Jean Castex dans un communiqué.

As of today, people arriving from the UK are required to show a negative test taken within the last 48 hours.

Arrivals from Spain, Portugal, Cyprus, the Netherlands and Greece had to present tests carried out within 72 hours.

But Castex said people fully vaccinated with a vaccine recognized by the European Medicines Agency – Pfizer / BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca or Johnson & Johnson – will not be required to take a test.

The press release specifies that the exemption is in place because “the vaccines are effective against the virus, and in particular its Delta variant”.

Tunisia, Mozambique, Cuba and Indonesia have also been added to France’s red list.

Travel from Red List countries is only allowed for urgent reasons and even then, vaccinated travelers must self-isolate for seven days.

The new measures come as several European countries battle a growing number of cases, blamed in part on the highly transmissible Delta variant that has taken hold on the continent.

New infections have increased in France in recent weeks, reaching nearly 11,000 on Friday, even as the government rushes to vaccinate the population.

President Emmanuel Macron said this week that vaccine passes would be required to enter most public places and that all health workers must be fully immunized, which has sparked a rush to book appointments for the vaccine.

About 35.5 million people, or just over half of the French population, have already received at least one dose of the vaccine.

The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) said this week that it expects a sharp increase in coronavirus cases, with nearly five times as many new infections by August 1.




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