France Imposes Testing Requirement on UK Nationals Just Days After EU Recognised NHS COVID Pass

The French Consulate in London has announced that unvaccinated travelers from the UK traveling to France will have to take a COVID-19 test upon arrival.

“From today, 1 November, those traveling from the UK to France by Eurostar who have not been fully vaccinated will be required to take a Covid-19 test upon arrival at Gare du Nord. Anyone who proves to be infected with the virus will be required to take a Covid-19 test on arrival at Gare du Nord. France Londre Council wrote on Twitter: Covid-19 will be subject to mandatory self-isolation for ten days.

Currently, the UK is classified in France’s orange category, where unvaccinated and non-exempt travelers are required to submit a PCR test 72 hours before arrival in France or an antigen test 48 hours prior to arrival, TheSchengen.com reports.

Furthermore, UK nationals or permanent residents who provide a pre-departure test should keep in mind that the test must be taken less than 24 hours before boarding. However, it is critical for Britons to know that testing requirements on arrival are mandatory, regardless of whether or not they perform a PCR/antigen test before departure.

Previously, TheSchengen.com reported that the European Commission has officially recognized the NHS COVID Pass, as the equivalent of an EU COVID-19 digital certificate, which is issued in the UK only to fully vaccinated citizens and permanent residents.

This means that the British are no longer required to transfer their diplomas when traveling to France, as they did before recognition.

On the other hand, since October 15, the French government has stopped providing free antigen and PCR tests that are taken for non-medical reasons, and is no longer covered by health insurance, as the government encourages its citizens to get vaccinated.

However, those who have concerns about contracting the virus, have been in contact with an infected person or wish to be tested for medical reasons, can still access free PCR or government-provided antigen tests.

Children under 18 and passengers with a prescription are also eligible to get the test free of charge. The cost of an antigen test in France is 25 euros while the price of a PCR test is around 45 euros.

However, all travelers who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, who have recovered from the virus and Pass Sanitaire holders are eligible to enter the country without quarantine requirements.

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According to the latest risk assessment published by the French authorities, unvaccinated travelers who reach the green category are required to provide evidence of a negative PCR or antigen test for COVID-19 taken within 72 hours prior to departure.

On the other hand, red category arrivals who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 can enter if they provide proof of their travel for necessary reasons. Furthermore, they are required to carry a sworn statement, be tested prior to their trip to France and a seven-day quarantine upon arrival. They may also have to take another antigen test when they enter the country.

According to the epidemiological situation in France, the country recorded 6,361 positive cases of COVID-19 virus in the past 24 hours, bringing the number of cases since January 2020 to 6943779. Moreover, the cumulative total of deaths related to COVID-19 is 115,277, With 12 reported today only.

The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) reveals that 89.6 percent of the adult population in France are vaccinated with the first injection of the vaccine, while 80.6 percent are fully vaccinated.

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