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France Relaxes Travel Restrictions for Students & Researchers From India

Indian students can now head to France to continue their studies as the latter’s authorities lifted travel restrictions on arrivals from the South Asian country after confirming that the COVID-19 case allowed such a step.

France’s latest decision was confirmed by the press advisor at the French Embassy in Delhi, Michel Ferrari, reports.

Previously, it was reported that fully vaccinated Indian travelers would not be barred from entering France, India was placed on the French Yellow List, which includes countries at medium risk based on their epidemiological status.

Authorities in France have indicated that only Indian passengers who have been vaccinated with any vaccine approved by the European Commission or the French National Agency for the Safety of Medicines and Health Products can benefit from the latest French decision.

People who have had one dose of Janssen vaccine 28 days before their trip or those who have taken a second dose of other approved vaccines such as Pfizer/Comirnaty, Moderna and AstraZeneca/Vaxzevria/Covishiel, seven days before travel, are considered fully immune.

According to the French authorities, talented students and passport holders fall within the range of compelling reasons to travel to French territory. Hence, both vaccinated and non-vaccinated Indian students are allowed to travel to France and submit their visa applications.

However, travelers will have to provide proof of vaccination status, evidence confirming no symptoms of COVID-19 infection and contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case.

Passengers who have not been vaccinated are required to submit a negative PCR test result, at least 72 hours prior to departure, or a negative rapid antigen test result performed less than 48 hours prior to departure upon arrival in France.

All passengers showing symptoms of COVID-19 upon arrival in France will be required to follow quarantine rules, regardless of the place of departure.

Last month, the authorities in France announced that all people wishing to apply for a Type C visa would be allowed to do so this summer, as French consulates and visa application centers in India began offering their services.

More than 5,993,090 people have tested positive for the virus in France. In addition, a total of 110,824 people have died from the virus so far. This data was provided by the World Health Organization.

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