France lifts mandatory testing of vaccinated travelers

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On Friday, the French government declared it would lift the condition for a negative Covid-19 test for all vaccinated travelers arriving in the country.            

The government asserted that mere proof of vaccination would be enough to enter France, whatever country the individuals are coming from, as it was before the spread of the Omicron version.”

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The statement said that the move coincides with “the new phase of the pandemic characterized in most countries by the predominance of the Omicron variant and high vaccination rates”, the statement said.

Travelers who are unvaccinated are required to show a negative test; on the other hand, the country will no longer follow the restrictions like testing on arrival and quarantine if coming from a ‘green list’ state. 

However, those without jabs coming from France’s “orange list” countries would continue to need an essential reason to travel to France and take a test after arriving.

France’s latest travel testing regime was introduced in December to limit the circulation of Omicron and prevent an explosion in cases.

Clément Beaune, France’s Europe and Foreign Affairs minister, said the country would soon lift the requirement of testing vaccinated individuals. 

Beaune added that the new European protocol for vaccinated people outside the EU would probably be introduced this week.

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The forthcoming change comes as many families may have had to withdraw plans to visit France after its government introduced new entry rules.

The easing of restrictions that have resulted in additional inconvenience and costs for travelers come as cases of the coronavirus fall across parts of Europe.

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