France changed the rules for traveling abroad

The government “strongly” advises against travel to the “red” and “scarlet” countries where the Omicron variant has been observed.

Amid the rapid rise of the 5th wave of Covid and the emergence of the Omicron variant, which has imposed new restrictions for travelers in many countries, the French are wondering whether they will really be able to go for the Christmas holidays, especially abroad .

On the set of 4 Truths this Friday, the Secretary of State for Tourism, Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, is reassuring: “We can leave as soon as we all remain responsible. We must be extra cautious with regard to obstacle gestures, in fact When a character is in, he remembers all the reflexes he has acquired”.

At the same time, the government has amended the rules for foreign travel and will be applicable from December 4.

Thus, a classification of countries defined based on health indicators has evolved, including a “scarlet red” country classification (i.e. finding a particularly active circulation of the virus and/or a type likely to present an increased risk of ) transmissibility or immune escape).

Classification of countries as of 3 December
Classification of countries on 3 December © Ministry of the Interior

France “strongly” advises not to travel to “red” and “red” countries, namely Brazil, Russia, South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Mauritius, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Pakistan and Afghanistan. But don’t refuse.

To move to a country classified as “green”

Travel for the vaccinated and unvaccinated is possible but rules vary depending on the country of destination (tests required on boarding, tests required upon arrival, quarantine)

To go to a country classified as “orange” and “red”

Full proof of vaccination is required for travelers, and testing (before or after travel) can be requested (eg arranged in the United States and testing must be done the day before departure), as per regulations. There may be a quarantine according to the country of destination.

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For the unaffiliated, a compelling reason (lists differ according to the classification of countries) is required as well as a negative test less than 48 hours before departure. Random testing can be requested upon arrival.

to move to a country classified as “red red”

Must have a compelling reason to visit one of the countries on the list, with or without proof of vaccination. Tests (before or after travel) can be requested, as can quarantine as per the rules of the countries of destination.

go back to france

From now on, anyone entering French territory will have a negative PCR or antigen test in less than 24 hours (from “scarlet red” countries and the United Kingdom) or 48 hours (from “green”, “orange” and “red” countries) have to present. ) .

The only exception is that people with a full vaccination program do not have to be tested upon arrival from a member state of the European Union, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, the Holy See or Switzerland.

As “scarlet red” countries are added to arrivals in France, in the event of a positive test, a 10-day isolation measure will be promulgated at a location determined by the state’s representative in the department. individual situation, and controlled by internal security forces.

Olivier Chicheportich BFM Business Journalist

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