Entry conditions in France “strongly tightened”, announces Jean Castex

The premises of the border police in Menton – Philippe Blet // SIPA

From Monday, France will “strongly tighten” the conditions for entry into its territory, in particular by requiring a negative test for Covid-19 for all travelers from a country outside the European Union (EU) , announced Jean Castex, this Thursday, during his press conference.

“We are going to tighten significantly the conditions of entry into the national territory and strengthen border controls” to “prevent” the variant strain of the virus “from progressing rapidly” on the territory, declared the Prime Minister during a press conference.

Seven-day isolation

As of Monday, all travelers wishing to come to France from a non-EU country “will have to present a negative test to board a plane or a boat,” he said. These people will also have to “undertake on the honor to isolate themselves for seven days once they arrive in France, then to repeat a second PCR test at the end”, he said.

The negative test on departure has already been claimed for travelers coming from the United Kingdom, where the British variant circulates, which is particularly contagious. For people who cannot carry out a test in their country of departure, they will have the opportunity to be tested on their arrival in France and will be forced “to isolate themselves for 7 days in a hotel designated by the State”.

Exceptions for some

Jean Castex specified that for travel from an EU country, “and in particular countries such as Ireland or Denmark facing a difficult epidemic situation”, “the ministers will work on the development of a coordination framework for the next European Council on January 21 ”.

“This framework will obviously have to provide for exceptions concerning border workers, road transporters or even agents of transport companies” with “specific health protocols”, according to the head of government.



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