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Offbeat A PCR test required from Sunday for European travelers entering France

11:00  22 january  2021
11:00  22 january  2021 Source:   nouvelobs.com

PCR test, isolation: entry conditions in France made more stringent

 PCR test, isolation: entry conditions in France made more stringent © JOEL SAGET / AFP This is one of the sectors affected by the tightening of measures in the face of the spread of the coronavirus: entry conditions on French territory will be made more stringent, in particular in order to limit the circulation of variants of the disease. France is going to "tighten considerably" the conditions of entry into its territory, in particular for travelers arriving from a country outside the European Union.

Essential travelers that are approved to enter France will have to self-quarantine for 14 days if they do not provide a negative PCR test result and are COVID-19 Vaccine Entry Requirements. France has not made any announcements regarding if a proof of vaccination record will be required in the future.

French President Emmanuel Macron told his European Union counterparts France would make PCR tests compulsory for all travellers into France from Sunday , including from fellow EU countries, his office said on Thursday.

  Un test PCR exigé dès dimanche pour les voyageurs européens entrant en France © Copyright 2021, L'Obs

France will require, from Sunday January 24, a negative PCR test carried out 72 hours before departure for most travelers Europeans wanting to enter its territory, announced President Emmanuel Macron to the European Council.

This obligation will apply "excluding essential travel", specified the Elysee on Thursday evening: "Frontier workers and land transport will in particular be exempt".

Paris had already decided on January 14 to subject travelers from countries outside the European Union (EU) to this rule. Cross-border workers and “essential” workers were already exempt.

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Many countries and some states require negative polymerase chain reaction ( PCR ) tests taken within a certain amount of time — usually 72 hours What you’ll usually need for travel is a PCR test ( polymerase chain reaction ). These are the most reliable tests for detecting active COVID-19

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The Elysee said that the approach chosen by the Head of State was also that of "many of his European counterparts ”. In Stockholm, the European agency in charge of epidemics, for its part, invited Europeans to "prepare for a rapid escalation in the stringency of measures (to counter the virus) in the coming weeks in order to preserve healthcare capacities, thus than to speed up vaccination campaigns ”.


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In France, where the death toll is now close to 72,000 deaths, the number of infections recorded has the figure of 20,000 again exceeded Thursday, and the specter of a third confinement seems to be looming.

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Passengers travelling to Germany, please refer to the Regulations for entering Germany as provided by the Passengers travelling from Iraq, Syria, Turkey and all African countries to Lebanon a second PCR Test Passengers travelling to Oman are required to fill Traveler Registration Form (TRF)

France ’s revised entry requirements. France is not open for general tourism at this point. Visitors from outside the EU will be permitted to enter France if they are Travellers need to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result, undertaken in the previous 72 hours, to gain entry into France .

The European health agency advises to take stricter measures against variants

Emmanuel Macron's decision comes at the end of a videoconference summit of the 27 Member States during which Ursula von der Leyen, President of the Commission European Union, sounded the alarm on "the very serious health situation" caused throughout Europe by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Judging that "all non-essential travel should be strongly discouraged", the leader however affirmed that it was "of the utmost importance to continue to make the single market work", that is to say to continue to enable the “smooth transport of essential workers and goods across borders” of EU countries.

France under the threat of variants

As a result of the increase in contaminations at the end of the year-end holidays, hospital admissions are on the rise again, going back above 10,000 over seven days since this week. With more than 25,000 Covid-19 patients hospitalized across the country, including 2,876 in intensive care, the burden on the health system remains high, at the same level as at the end of the second wave this fall.

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announces France recorded 358 additional deaths in hospital on Wednesday, according to Public Health France, a stable level for weeks, bringing the total to 71,998 deaths since the start of the epidemic (hospital and nursing home combined).

But in the eyes of health authorities and many doctors, the context is still made very fragile by the threat of Covid-19 variants, including the more contagious “VOC 202012/01”, which has overwhelmed the hospital system in the United Kingdom , where 1,820 additional deaths were recorded on Wednesday (93,290 deaths in total), a new daily record.

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© PATRICK T. FALLON / AFP An Air France check-in counter at Los Angeles airport, in the United States, January 25, 2021. The tightening of the measures announced on Friday evening by Jean Castex also concerns travelers . Any entry into France and any exit from the territory to or from a country outside the European Union will be prohibited, unless there is an overriding reason, from Sunday, January 31, midnight.

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