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France Plans to Abolish Testing Requirement for Fully Vaccinated Travellers

The French government will soon abolish the test requirement currently imposed on the majority of travelers.

The news was announced by the Secretary of State for European Affairs, Clement Bonn. He said that the authorities are expected to announce changes related to entry into the country in the coming days.

In addition, Boone explained that there will also be a new protocol for fully vaccinated travelers arriving in France from a third country, reports.

According to the French Ministry of the Interior, fully vaccinated travelers from an EU country, including Andorra, Iceland, Monaco, Liechtenstein, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland and the Vatican City State, can enter France for travel purposes provided they hold a valid vaccination certificate.

On the other hand, travelers from other countries that are not part of the above list need to take a test that is done within 48 hours when traveling to France.

The pre-test requirement applies to all travelers from a country outside the European Union, even if they have been fully vaccinated or have recovered from the virus.

“If you have already been vaccinated, you must provide evidence of your vaccination status and a sworn statement certifying the absence of COVID-19 symptoms and any contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19. A negative PCR or antigen test that took less than 48 hours is required, Excluding arrivals from an EU member state,” the ministry said in a statement.

New entry rules aimed at facilitating the travel process will be discussed and, if approved, expected to be announced next week.

Even if the test requirement for travelers who have been fully vaccinated is abolished, everyone should note that France now has new rules in place regarding the validity of vaccination certificates.

French authorities announced earlier this month that since February 1, the country will only accept vaccination certificates that prove the holder has received the last dose of the vaccine within 270 days.

>> France now has a validity period of 9 months for vaccination certificates

This means that those who have been fully vaccinated within the past nine months will continue to enter France under the concessional rules. In contrast, those who were vaccinated more than nine months ago would need to receive a booster shot to be considered fully immunized.

The new rules regarding the validity of vaccination certificates apply to all people over the age of 18, while those under the age of 12 do not need to be vaccinated in order to be allowed to enter France.

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