France tightens restrictions on travel from the UK due to Indian variants

As French authorities have tightened restrictions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in India, travelers from the UK must provide a “unavoidable reason” to enter France on Monday.

Travel from the UK to France is only permitted to EU citizens, French residents or anyone traveling for important reasons.

Those who are allowed to travel must undergo a COVID-19 test prior to departure and be quarantined for 7 days upon arrival.

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Agency (FCDO) of the United Kingdom has stated that the new French rules will apply to all aviation, car, ferry and train passengers.

France is currently listed as an “amber” destination by the British government, travel to it is banned, and British authorities have given people 10 days of self-quarantine and two COVID-19 tests upon return. I am requesting to receive.

Tighter rules for visitors from the UK were first raised last weekend by French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian in concern about the upheaval in India.

A description of the new rules on the website of the French Consulate General in London states that “health measures for people traveling from the United Kingdom to France have been strengthened in light of the development of so-called Indian varieties.”

“Foreigners outside the EU who do not live in France need a compelling reason to travel from the UK to France,” he added, starting Monday morning.

The website says, “People traveling from the UK to France will need a PCR or antigen test within 48 hours,” and upon arrival, “Travelers are required to self-quarantine for 7 days.” It is written.

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The information added, “At this time, they are not subject to systematic checks where they are staying because of the low incidence of COVID in the UK.”

Travelers entering France from outside the European Union, including the United Kingdom, must sign an affidavit that they have no symptoms of COVID-19 and are unaware that they have come into contact with someone with the disease 14 days before their trip. ..

In addition to evidence that the pre-departure COVID-19 test is negative for people over 11 years of age, they must be sworn in for 7 days of self-quarantine upon arrival in France and undergo a second PCR test after isolation.

According to the consulate’s website, the same rules will continue to apply to vaccinated persons and are “strongly recommended” to “minimize” international travel.

The French move is in response to the epidemic of Indian variants, as Germany has begun demanding 14 days of quarantine from people arriving from the United Kingdom.

Tom Pilgrim

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