Travelers from the UK reaching French territory from Saturday December 4 are subject to an additional requirement – negative results from a COVID-19 test carried out within 48 hours of arrival in France.
The decision affects not only Britons, but all third-country nationals over the age of 12, including those vaccinated against COVID-19 and those who have recovered from the virus.
“Anyone aged twelve or over wishing to travel to the national territory from a foreign country must be provided with the result of a screening test or an examination carried out less than 48 hours before the trip., notes among others a decree of the French authorities.
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The move comes at a time when the world is imposing more restrictions in a bid to curb the spread of the new variant of the coronavirus – Omicron. The latter was detected by South African scientists, who announced the presence of this virus last week, noting that this variant was more transmissible.
On November 26, France also banned flights from seven countries in the southern Africa region – South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia and Eswatini. The ban will remain in effect indefinitely until the authorities decide otherwise.
Regarding travel from these countries, the new decree specifies that anyone aged 12 and over authorized to travel to France from these countries is also subject to the new test requirement.
Yesterday, France reported the first two cases of Omicron detected in its territory, both recently returning from the African continent, the first from Nigeria and the other from South Africa.
According to Jean-François Delfraissy, president of the National Consultative Ethics Committee (CCNE), by the end of January, the Omicron variant will take over from the Delta variant, representing the majority of COVID-19 cases in France.
However, he noted that “Christmas is not in danger if the population and the decision-makers are all very careful“, adding that social distancing, vaccination and recalls are key means in the fight against the spread of the new variant.
Data from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) show that 69.8% of the French population is already fully vaccinated. ECDC has colored France red on the map which is published weekly in support of the Council recommendation on a coordinated approach to EU travel measures.
Statistics updated daily by the World Health Organization show that France has recorded 49,563 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of cases recorded since the start of the pandemic to 7 490 677.
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