The new rules will apply to all countries outside the EU, regardless of a person’s vaccination status. The test should be either PCR or antigen, performed within 48 hours of travel.
French government spokesman Gabriel Attal announced the new measures as the country seeks to tighten entry rules in response to the news Variante Omicron.
Until this Saturday, British and non-European travelers can continue to enter France with proof of vaccination and a sworn declaration form.
Arrivals from the Schengen area will only need to test negative if they are not fully vaccinated. This test should be done 24 hours before travel.
Gabriel Attal also confirmed during the weekly press conference that the travel ban between France and South Africa would be extended until December.
Flights between South Africa and France
From Saturday, flights to and from South Africa – where the Omicron variant was first discovered – will be allowed to land in France, but under very strict conditions.
This will include allowing only French and European residents, diplomats and flight personnel to disembark and requiring travelers to undergo a COVID-19 test on arrival before undergoing a seven-day quarantine, even if the result is negative. A positive test will require a 10 day quarantine period.
According to Attal, France has so far registered 13 suspected cases of the Omicron variant. “Let’s not be fooled or naive, there will most likely be cases in our territory in the hours or days to come,” he said.
He also announced that there were 47,177 new cases recorded in France on Tuesday, November 30 and that “hospital pressure is increasing markedly”.