Monday, May 31, 2021

France Bans UK Travellers Due to Coronavirus Variants

France has tightened restrictions for British travellers in order to prevent the spread of the Indian variant of Coronavirus that has recently been detected in the UK as well.

Starting on Monday, the only travellers permitted to enter France from the UK are European nationals, French residents and those travelling for essential reasons.

British travellers reaching the country for “compelling reasons” must present proof of the necessity of their trip, and they must take a pre-departure COVID-19 test, as well as undergo self-isolation for seven days upon arrival, reports.

According to the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), the new French rules apply to all air, car, ferry and train passengers.

On the other hand, France remains in the UK’s “amber” list of countries, which means it is not advised for Britons to visit the country. Travellers from France are required to quarantine for ten days and take two COVID-19 tests upon return.

Given the development of the so-called Indian variant, health measures have been tightened for people travelling to France from the UK,” explains a statement explaining the newly imposed rules on the website of the Consulate General of France in London.

It also said that starting from Monday morning, “compelling reasons will be required for foreign nationals outside the EU not resident in France to travel to France from the UK”.

The statement further reads that a PCR or antigen test will be required from UK travellers to France, which has to be no older than 48 hours. Travellers must self-isolate for seven days upon arrival, but the accommodation facility is up to the traveller’s choice due to the low rates of COVID-19 in the UK.

Travellers entering France from outside the European Union, including the UK, have to sign a sworn declaration that they do not have COVID-19 symptoms and are unaware of being in contact with someone with the disease in the 14 days before their journey.

They must also provide the negative pre-departure COVID-19 test for travellers aged 11 and over, a sworn declaration to self-isolate upon arrival in France for seven days, and a second PCR test taken after the isolation.

The same rules apply for people who had been vaccinated, and people are “strongly advised” to keep international travel “to a minimum”, the statement further on adds.

So far, according to the Worldometers’ statistics, the UK has recorded 68,567 current active cases, 127,781 deaths, and 4,287,708 people have recovered from the virus. On the other hand, France counts 241,561 recent positive cases, 109,402 deaths and 5,315,150 people recovered from the disease.

Previously, Germany imposed similar rules for UK travellers, requiring them to undergo quarantine for 14 days to prevent the Coronavirus Indian variant from further spreading.

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