France will eliminate PCR tests for vaccinated non-European travelers | News

France will lift the obligation of Covid-19 detection tests for all travelers outside the European Union (EU) who have been vaccinated, the Secretary of State for European Affairs, Clément Beaune, announced on Tuesday, February 8.


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At the moment, any traveler entering French territory from a country outside the European area, including the United Kingdom, must present a negative PCR or antigen test within 48 hours, according to the French Ministry of Health and Foreign Affairs.

“There will certainly be a new European practice this week for vaccinated people coming from outside the EU to have lightened measures,” added Clément Beaune.

“In the next few days we will announce that tests are no longer needed for vaccinated people,” the minister emphasized.

Unvaccinated travelers from countries on the orange list, which includes most countries outside the EU and the Schengen zone, can only enter France if they are traveling for essential reasons.

Those who qualify to travel must also show a negative Covid-19 test, either PCR or antigen, taken within 48 hours of departure.

The new rule is announced in a context nuanced by the increase in the number of daily cases of Covid-19 in France with a cumulative of 20,804,372 infections. On the other hand, the number of deaths exceeds 130,000 with 268 in its latest report.

Currently, the European nation is the fourth country with the highest number of infections since the start of the pandemic behind the United States, Brazil and India.

Instead, according to the latest update from the Ministry of Solidarity and Health, since the start of the vaccination campaign in France, 54,089,022 people have received at least one injection (80.2 percent of the total population).

Similarly, 52,904,436 people have a complete vaccination schedule to date (78.5 percent of the total population).