Faced with the threat of the Omicron variant, France announced on Wednesday that it was tightening the conditions for entry into its territory, specifically imposing a negative test on all vaccinated passengers from a country outside the EU. In addition, new measures will be taken for the seven countries (South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia and Eswatini) where flights have been grounded since Friday, including Malawi, Zambia and Mauritius.
The French government will add these ten countries to the new “scarlet red” category created for “endangered countries”, for which there will be no travel or authorized access for professional, tourism, family or other purposes, such as “research and research.”
In addition, the French government imposes a less than 48-hour negative test on all travelers from a country outside the EU, “whether or not these travelers have been vaccinated”.
France imposes a 24-hour check on travelers and EU travelers from EU countries.
What changes for the Belgians
For a traveler coming to France from a country classified as “green” such as Belgium (“no active circulation of the virus, no alarming variants detected”), the conditions to be met are:
– If the passenger is vaccinated: Proof of vaccination and affidavit confirming the absence of symptoms of Govt-19 infection and contact with a confirmed Govt-19 patient.
– If the traveler (12 years of age or older) is not vaccinated: Passengers from Belgium, Germany, Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia, as well as European countries, have undergone negative PCR or antigen testing. Requires 24 hours. This measure does not apply to carriers within the framework of their professional activities, to emergency or frequent professional trips that do not comply with these tests, or to those living at the border (living less than 30 km from the border) for less than 24 hours.
For other non-vaccinated passengers, a negative PCR or antigen test 72 hours before departure and a Declaration of Honor (link external) Absence of symptoms of Govit-19 infection and contact with a confirmed Govt-19 patient.
French color code
From June 9, 2021, the flow of passengers between France and abroad will be reopened according to the different modes of health of third countries. The classification of countries is defined on the basis of health indicators. Lists of countries will be modified according to the evolution of their epidemic situation. Classification of countries by health indicators:
Green countries: No active circulation of the virus, no worrying variants identified.
Orange Countries: Active cycle of the virus in a controlled proportion, without spreading worrying variations.
Red States: The active cycle of the virus and the presence of anxious variants.
Health cleared in France
From July 1, 2021, the Health Pass, also known as the “EU Digital Govt Certificate”, will be approved for travel within European territory. He must confirm to France:
Evidence for a complete vaccination cycle, including required post-injection delay:
Vaccines approved by France are approved by the European Pharmaceuticals Agency (EMA): Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca / Waxchevria / Covshield and Johnson & Johnson.
Evidence for vaccination is valid only on the condition that it certifies completion of a complete vaccination schedule, namely: 7 days after the 2nd injection for double injection (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Vaxzevria, Covishield);
By injection (Johnson & Johnson) 28 days after vaccination;
For those with a documented history of Covit-19 7 days after vaccination (only 1 injection is required).
Or evidence for an RT-PCR test or a negative antigen test of less than 72 hours (24 hours per passenger from Belgium). The validity period of the tests is strictly at boarding time (no flexibility in 2 or 3 days);
Evidence of a positive RT-PCR test certifying recovery from Kovit-19, lasting at least 15 days and less than 6 months. The “QR code” of the European Passenger Certificate can be submitted to the police at borders or airlines. The language in which the certificate is written. A green or red light indicates whether or not European travelers can enter the territory.
As of December 15, 2021, the Health Pass for those over 65 years of age is no longer valid in France unless a reminder is given within 7 months of the last injection or last infection. From January 15, 2022, this rule will be extended to anyone over 18 years of age.
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