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France Tightens COVID-19 Measures for Everyone, Including Tourists

French authorities have announced that the country’s citizens, as well as foreigners, are now subject to strict coronavirus rules.

Authorities have revealed that since January 15, rules for access to all types of services will be tightened, including restaurants, museums, theaters, sports activities and accommodation facilities, among others, reports.

The tighter rules come after vaccination certificates are declared valid. French authorities have revealed that everyone over the age of 18 will have to receive a booster dose in order for the vaccination certificate to remain valid.

The booster requirement will apply to all people who completed their vaccination more than seven months ago.

Thus, in line with the new rules, it means that once the decision enters into force, all those who received the last vaccine dose more than seven months ago but have not yet received a booster dose, will be considered unvaccinated.

Bearing in mind that access to the majority of places and activities is permitted only to those who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, those who do not receive the additional dose of vaccine will be denied entry to most places, including the places mentioned above.

It has been clarified that children between the ages of 12 and 18 are exempt from the requirement to receive a booster dose, which means that the two-dose vaccine will still apply. In contrast, children under 12 years of age are not required to receive any vaccine dose.

“To enter French territory, a COVID certificate is mandatory for everyone over the age of 12 years and two months,” the French government’s statement read.

Regardless of vaccination requirements, travelers over 12 years of age are required to submit a negative PCR test or a rapid antigen test, within 48 or 24 hours, respectively.

However, it has been clarified that the pre-test requirement does not apply to travelers arriving in France from an EU member state or a country in the Schengen area.

Previously, France relaxed entry rules for travelers from the UK. In line with new rules that took effect on January 14, all UK travelers who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can enter France without having to provide a compelling reason for their trip.

However, everyone is still required to adhere to national rules while in France, including presenting vaccination certificates when attending various venues and activities.

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