France: Tourists Are Now Obliged to Pay for COVID-19 Tests

Tests used to detect COVID-19 will no longer be free for tourists visiting France, the government decided on July 7.

Following the authorities’ decision, tourists wanting to leave France will have to pay €49 for a PCR test or €29 for a Rapid Antigen test, TheSchengen.com reports.

However, EU and Swiss residents will be eligible for a refund.

As previously reported by TheSchengen.com, the state imposes this fee on tourists in an effort to encourage vaccination. However, this decision has raised concerns that travelers are forging certificates of negative COVID-19 tests so that they do not have to pay the money.

Passengers found guilty of forging, selling or using forged documents can be sentenced to three years in prison and a fine of €45,000.

The French Civil Liberties Organization (CNIL) has agreed to a limited sharing of information about the vaccination status of people in relation to the COVID-19 virus.

According to the CNIL, social security authorities must obtain permission to provide lists of family physicians who request information. This statement came after Health Minister Olivier Ferrand asked CNIL to comment on the matter.

The list should be available to physicians who request it. They are responsible for informing patients of the availability and benefits of vaccination but do not try to convince them. Patients’ names should be removed from the list as soon as they have the information.

Gabriel Atal, a government spokesman, warned that most areas of the country are now seeing an increase in COVID-19 infection rates, although hospital patient numbers remain low.

On the other hand, the French Tourism Minister, Jean-Bates Lemoyne, indicated that while the country welcomes US citizens, the latter will not allow French travelers to enter the country without quarantine and testing requirements after being placed on the amber list. .

All 27 EU member states have agreed to allow travelers from third countries to visit the bloc if 14 days have passed since receiving the final vaccine, provided the vaccines used are authorized by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), such as Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca, Janssen.

On July 7, the World Health Organization announced a “tragic milestone” of four million deaths from COVID-19, adding that the true rates were likely higher. The same organization revealed that France had reported 28 deaths related to the repercussions of the Corona virus and 4,081 new cases in the last 24 hours.

More than 35 percent of France’s total population has been fully vaccinated, while 52 percent have received at least one shot of the vaccine.

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