France tightens entry conditions for travelers from the UK

To fight against a fifth wave of contamination by SARS-CoV-2 and the spread of the new variant, Omicron, France will tighten the conditions of entry into its territory for travelers from the United Kingdom, announced on Thursday. December 16, government spokesperson Gabriel Attal.

“We are going to set up a control […] even more drastic than what exists today ”, Mr. Attal said on BFM-TV. “We will reduce the validity of the test to come to France. It was forty-eight hours until now, it will drop to twenty-four hours. We go [aussi] limit the reasons for coming from the United Kingdom to France. ” These will be “Limited to residents [français] and their families ”, he explained, and the movements of “Tourism or professionals for people who are not resident in France will be limited”.

Travelers with a compelling reason will have to isolate themselves for a week on their arrival in France, but this isolation can be lifted after forty-eight hours with a negative screening test, said the spokesperson. These new rules, which come into force on Saturday, also apply to travelers vaccinated against Covid-19.

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The United Kingdom is at the forefront against the “Omicron tidal wave”, in the words of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, while the new variant could become the majority in the country in the very next few days.

Le Monde with AFP and Reuters