Omicron: France imposes a PCR test on any traveler, even vaccinated, arriving from a non-EU country

Passengers arriving in France from a country outside the EU will now have to present a negative PCR test to enter the territory (illustrative image).

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Travelers arriving in France from a state outside the European Union will now have to present a negative PCR test, whether or not they are vaccinated. 


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Faced with

the threat of the Omicron variant

, France announced this Wednesday, December 1 a tightening of the conditions of access to its territory by imposing in particular a negative test for all travelers, even vaccinated, coming from a country outside the Union European. For travelers from EU countries, France will impose a 24-hour test for non-vaccinated people.

French government spokesperson Gabriel Attal also announced that flights with ten southern African countries would resume from Saturday, December 4, but with " 

extremely strict and drastic supervision


Only French people, EU nationals, diplomats and seafarers will be able to travel to these destinations.

These travelers will also undergo a Covid test on their arrival in France, followed by isolation for seven days in the event of a negative result and ten days if the result is positive, said Gabriel Attal.

Category "scarlet red"

In both cases, the isolation "

 will be monitored by internal security forces and in the event of non-compliance with the isolation, a fine of

1,000 to

1,500 euros 

" will be imposed, added the spokesperson.

These measures concern the seven countries with which flights were suspended since Friday, November 26 (South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia and Eswatini), to which have been added Malawi, Zambia and Mauritius. .

The government will include these ten countries in a new “scarlet red” category created for “

 countries at risk 

”, for which “ 

there will be no movement or authorized access for professional, tourist, family, studies and even research





To read also: Variant Omicron: South Africa requests the lifting of travel restrictions


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