“A test of less than 24 hours “. It is the sesame that will now have to present unvaccinated travelers returning from Spain and Portugal to enter France.
The French Secretary of State for European Affairs, Clément Beaune, announced this new measure on July 15, recalling that the epidemic situation in these countries was “difficult“.
No compulsory isolation
This new rule should come into force “this week-end“, he clarified.
On the other hand, France will not require compulsory isolation for entrants from European countries, added the Secretary of State.
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The Delta variant involved
Until now, it took a negative PCR test of less than 72 hours or an antigen test of 48 hours to enter France from Spain and Portugal.
But these two major summer tourist destinations have been facing an upsurge in the coronavirus epidemic for the past few weeks due to the Delta variant.
“Avoid” Spain and Portugal
On July 8, Clément Beaune had moreover advised the French “avoid Spain and Portugal“because of the very sharp rise in cases of covid-19 in these two countries. His message was then tempered by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jean-Yves Le Drian, who simply called on the French to be vaccinated before cross the Pyrenees.
On the Spanish side, tourism professionals worried on July 14 of a “brake on“on reservations after warnings from France and Germany, which classified the Iberian Peninsula”risk area“.