Covid-19: New rules for travel to France come into effect

Covid-19: New rules for travel to France come into effect

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An Air France Boeing 777-300 on the tarmac at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, April 30, 2021.

COVID-19 – As of Saturday, December 4th, new travel and travel rules have come into effect, in order to combat the spread of COVID-19.

Henceforth, any person aged 12 or over entering French territory must submit a PCR test or negative antigen less than:

– 24 hours for non-vaccinated travelers from countriesEuropean Union.

48 hours for all travelers from countries outside the European Union, whether those travelers have been vaccinated or not.

People with a full vaccination schedule do not have to submit a test, when arriving from an EU member state, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, the Vatican or Switzerland.

Children under 12 years of age are exempt from the test.

In addition, to deal with the spread Variant Omicron, The classification of countries, determined on the basis of health indicators, has changed. The color “carmine red” has been added.

Green Country: No active circulation of the virus.

Orange Country: Active circulation of the virus in controlled proportions.

– Red country: active circulation of the virus, the presence of worrying variables.

Cochineal Red Country: Active circulation of the virus and/or detection of a variant potentially posing a risk of increased transmissibility or immune escape.

Switzerland abolishes the quarantine requirement

Countries currently included in the cochineal red category are South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Mauritius, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Only French, EU citizens, diplomats and sailors will be able to travel to these destinations. These travelers will undergo a Covid test upon arrival in France, followed by seven days of isolation if a negative result and ten days if a positive result. In both cases, the isolation will be monitored by the Internal Security Forces and in the event of non-compliance with them, a fine of 1,000 to 1,500 euros may be imposed.

In addition, Switzerland will cancel the quarantine obligation upon entry into the country from Saturday, but will tighten testing requirements.

Quarantine was introduced in an attempt to limit the arrival of the new Omicron variant, but the health minister believes that because there have been cases of local transmission, it is no longer useful.

“All people entering the territory must be screened, including vaccinated and recovered,” according to the new rules that take effect on Saturday.

In addition to a negative PCR test prior to their entry, these people will have to have a second test, PCR or antigen, between the fourth and seventh day after their arrival. These checks are the responsibility of the persons concerned.

Each person must have completed an entry form with their contact details, in particular to allow cantons to check whether people entering Switzerland have taken the required tests.

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