France tightens up entry rules as COVID19 infection rates continue to rise above alert threshold

France now insists that any non-vaccinated visitor from the UK, Cyprus, Greece, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain must show evidence of a negative Covid test taken in the past 24 hours.

Previously the requirement was 48 hours for the UK and 72 hours for the others.

Those fully vaccinated, with proof of jabs approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), are exempt from that Covid test rule. Seven days is now the minimum period allowed since the visitor’s second jab, not 14 days.

The UK has put France on its amber list and now requires arrivals from there to quarantine for 10 days, even if fully vaccinated - a much-criticised move, as it affects many holidaymakers.

France has expanded its red list of high-risk countries to 28, including Cuba, Indonesia and Tunisia. Only essential travel is permitted for visitors from red countries.

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