Jean-Baptiste Djebbari, the Minister for Transport.
Louise MERESSE / SIPA
Antigenic tests will be launched by the end of October at French airports, the Minister for Transport, Jean-Baptiste Djebbari, announced on Cnews on Friday.
"In particular when departing to destinations such as the United States or Italy and arriving in red countries, so that we no longer have people returning from red countries to French territory without being tested, ”he explained.
"We are going to put this in place by the end of October and, afterwards, all of this is intended to gain momentum as soon as it is authorized, that it is reliable, that it is safe and that it allows 'improve the fluidity and safety of travel,' he added.
The objective is that "we harmonize using antigenic tests, especially in Europe, all the health protocols which today are a little different".
The major players in tourism, from air transport to tour operators, including hotels and restaurants, on Wednesday asked the government to establish rapid tests at airports to facilitate travel.
The sample for an antigen test, for which the High Authority for Health (HAS) gave a "favorable" opinion last Friday, is carried out in the nostrils using a swab, such as the so-called RT-PCR tests, which currently give the best results.
But antigen testing does not require laboratory analysis and the result can be known in ten to thirty minutes.
On Thursday, 17 of the 27 countries in the European Union, as well as the United Kingdom, were listed in red in a new European map on travel restrictions released by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).
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