Travelers from the UK arriving in France from Saturday 4 December onwards are subject to additional requirements – negative results of a COVID-19 test performed within 48 hours prior to arrival in France.
The decision affects not only Britons, but all third-country nationals over the age of 12, including those who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 and who have recovered from the virus.
“Any person of twelve years of age or over wishing to travel to the national territory from a foreign country must obtain the result of a screening test or examination conducted less than 48 hours before the flight,” according to a decree issued by the French authorities, among other things. other.
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The decision comes at a time when the world is imposing more restrictions in an attempt to limit the spread of the new alternative to the Corona virus – Omicron. The latter was discovered by South African scientists, who last week announced the presence of this virus, noting that this variant was more transmissible.
On November 26, France also imposed a ban on flights from seven countries in the southern African region – South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia and Eswatini. The ban will remain in effect indefinitely until the authorities decide differently.
With regard to travel from these countries, the new decree states that anyone 12 years of age or older who is allowed to travel to France from these countries is also subject to the new testing requirements.
Yesterday, France reported the first two cases of Omicron that were discovered in its territory, and both of them recently returned from the continent of Africa, the first from Nigeria and the other from South Africa.
According to Jean-Francois Delfraissy, chair of the French National Consultative Ethics Committee (CCNE), by the end of January the Omicron variant will take over Delta, which accounts for the majority of COVID-19 cases in France.
However, he noted, “Christmas is not in danger if residents and policymakers are all very careful,” adding that social distancing, vaccination and booster shots are key means in combating the spread of the new alternative.
Data from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) shows that 69.8 percent of the French population has already been fully vaccinated. ECDC has colored France all red on the map that is published weekly in support of the Council’s recommendation for a coordinated approach to travel measures in the European Union.
Daily updated statistics by the World Health Organization show that France recorded 49,563 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of cases recorded since the beginning of the epidemic to 7,490,677.
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