France to Make COVID-19 Tests Taken for Travel Purposes Chargeable Starting From Friday

The French government has confirmed that from Friday, October 15, health insurance will not cover PCR and rapid antigen tests performed for non-medical reasons.

Based on the new decision published yesterday by the French authorities, people who wish to undergo the so-called “comfort test”, which is generally taken by those who just want to be reassured that they have not contracted the virus without showing any symptoms, will be charged, according to the newspaper. TheSchengen.com reports.

Since March 2020, about 150 million tests have been conducted in France, with more than 6 million tests per week during the month of August alone. As such, through this new screening strategy, the French government intends to encourage more of the country’s citizens to get vaccinated against the COVID-19 disease.

“It is no longer legitimate to overpay for convenience tests at the expense of taxpayers. But tests will continue to be reimbursed for medical reasons, either without a prescription for people who have already been vaccinated or with a prescription for others. We also want to keep it free for minors,” the French Prime Minister said, Jan Castex, Sept. 26 The logic is to reimburse checks with real medical causes and continue to encourage people to get vaccinated.

Although the government decided to adopt a new testing strategy, it was emphasized that the authorities aim to provide easy access to those who show symptoms and those in contact with risk.

This means that everyone who shows any symptoms related to coronavirus disease, who has been in contact with someone who has the virus, and who needs to be tested for other medical purposes will continue to benefit from the free test.

Those with a certificate of vaccination showing that the holder has been fully vaccinated as well as a person with a previous recovery certificate also fall into the exemption list as long as they submit the document in the form of a QR code.

Children under the age of 18 who can provide an identification document and people with a prescription will also be able to take the test for free after October 15. In addition, mass screening campaigns, such as those conducted in educational institutions, will also continue. To offer free tests.

Regarding people who do not fall into any of the above-mentioned categories, the authorities have made it clear that the testing process will be similar to that currently covered by health insurance.

Although prices vary according to the type of test, the professional who performed the test, and the place and day the test was performed, the reference price for a PCR test is €43.89, while the price for an antigen test is €22.02 to €45.11

Earlier, Castex revealed that the authorities are preparing a bill to extend the use of Health Pass, which is already mandatory for all people who want to attend certain places and activities in the country.

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