With the recent update on the situation of COVID-19 in countries within the European Union, it was revealed that the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) has placed several regions in France in the dark red category.
The French regions that are placed in the dark red category of the ECDC map are as follows:
Midi-Pyrenees Languedoc Roussillon Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur
Such a decision was announced today, August 5, and it means that all travel to and from one of the three French regions mentioned above is highly discouraged.
However, the ECDC stressed that essential travel should still be allowed as long as travelers follow state restrictions and take special care during their stay, TheSchengen.com reports.
Based on data provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, French regions were placed in the dark red category after identifying more than 500 coronavirus cases per 100,000 residents in the past 14 days.
In addition, despite the addition of these three regions to the ECDC’s dark red category, member states are responsible for deciding whether to impose measures against people returning or traveling from one of the regions.
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France opened its borders to immune travelers from several EU member states and third countries in June, without requiring them to undergo testing or self-isolation requirements.
However, with the deteriorating epidemiological situation in France, several countries decided to impose restrictions on arrivals from the country.
Recently, the Cypriot authorities announced that since August 2, all unvaccinated travelers from France are subjected to a double test. This means that they have to take a PCR test within 72 hours before departure and another test upon arrival in Cyprus.
Lithuania also announced that travelers who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 entering from France need to follow testing and quarantine requirements since the country was placed on the red list.
In addition, travelers from France are the only ones within the European Union who cannot visit the United Kingdom, with the latter’s authorities keeping France on the Amber Plus list.
Earlier, French Tourism Minister Jean-Baptiste Lemoine said that this summer the country expects to receive 50 million international tourists, mostly from European Union countries.
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