France has tightened the limitations on foreign travellers to stop the spread of the new COVID-19 variant identified in India. The Consulate General of France in London said, “Due to the new COVID-19 variant, known as Indian variant rules and restrictions have been tightened for individuals travelling to France”. According to them, an Antigen or PCR test less than 48 hours old will be compulsory for travelling to France.
New protocols are effective from today. The UK’s FCDO (Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office) said the new protocols apply to train, car, ferry, and air travellers. It includes:
- Entry to France is limited to France residents, EU nationals, and the individual visiting for an essential purpose.
- Travellers need to quarantine themselves for at least 7-8 days after they enter France.
- Before leaving departure country, the traveller’s COVID-19 test report should be negative.
- They need to fill a declaration form to confirm that they will isolate themselves for seven days on arrival in France.
- They need to fill a declaration form to confirm that they are not infected with COVID-19, and they don’t have any COVID symptoms.
Visitors from the UK will have to give a valid reason to enter France. The UK government has listed France as an amber destination. Strict rules are applied to visitors from the UK to prevent the spread of the new COVID-19 variant.