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France Imposes Stricter Travel Restrictions for Unvaccinated Arrivals From 16 EU Countries

Travelers from 16 EU member states who have not yet been vaccinated against the coronavirus are now subject to stricter entry restrictions when traveling to France.

Updating entry rules from the European Union and abroad, the French government has clarified that unvaccinated travelers from the following countries now need to be tested for COVID-19 within 24 hours before arriving in France, after these countries were “placed under surveillance”:

Belgium Bulgaria Croatia Czech Republic Estonia Greece Hungary Ireland Latvia Lithuania Netherlands Romania Slovakia Slovenia

Before November 12, travelers from the majority of these countries can submit certification results of a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test or an antigen test taken within the past 72 hours. The rule has not changed for non-vaccinated travelers from the rest of the European Union and the Schengen area not listed above.

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Those who have not been vaccinated, but have recently recovered from COVID-19, are exempt from the requirement to submit a test result, regardless of which EU country or Schengen area they are traveling to France from.

Minors under the age of 12 are also exempt from the requirement to test before arriving in France.

The decision comes at a time when the majority of EU countries are facing a rise in the number of COVID-19 cases on their soil, despite high vaccination rates across the bloc. Even the European Union’s health agency, the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (EDCD), has recommended less travel to these countries.

On November 12, France also removed Ukraine from its green list and added it to its red list of countries.

This means that unvaccinated travelers, and those who have not recently recovered from COVID-19, can travel from Ukraine to France only for very essential purposes. The same is obligatory to submit the results of a PCR test or antigen test taken within the last 48 hours before arriving in the country. Upon arrival, the same is also subject to a ten-day quarantine period.

However, vaccinated travelers and those who have recently contracted COVID-19 can enter with proof of their status only, including for non-essential purposes such as tourism, and without being subject to a quarantine obligation.

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The decision to add Ukraine to the Red List follows a recommendation by the Council of the European Union for member states to impose more restrictions on Ukrainian travelers when the number of COVID-9 cases increases in this country.

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