France tightened entry restrictions for travelers from the UK on Saturday to limit the spread of the micron variant of the coronavirus. That was said by government spokesman Gabriel Attal on Thursday on French news channel BFMTV.
Only people who wish to travel to France for ‘coercive reasons’, and not for tourist or business reasons, or persons of French nationality, are still allowed to enter the country from the United Kingdom. The negative PCR test they must present to enter the country will only be valid for 24 hours, not 48 hours. Travelers from the UK must be quarantined for seven days upon arrival. Anyone who tests negative for coronavirus on British soil can be released from quarantine after 48 hours.
The French government introduced the rule due to the rapidly increasing number of coronavirus infections in the UK. The goal of the stricter entry rules is to “maximally delay the arrival of the omicron variant in our soil, while vaccinating with a booster dose,” Attal said. 240 infections with the omicron variant have been detected in France, but “there may be more”, according to a government spokesman.
French Prime Minister Jean Castex will announce the full list of restrictions at a later date.
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