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Gabriel Attal announced Wednesday 1 December at the exit of a Council of Ministers, travelers outside the European Union will have to present a test of less than 48 hours to return to France. But what should we understand from this sentence? Who is really concerned by this measure? "West-France" answers you.
"Gabriel Attal has announced a negative test of less than 48 hours compulsory for non-European travelers wanting to return to France. For my part, I am French (vaccinated), currently on the move in Tunisia, do I need a PCR test to return to France on Friday? " asks us Thomas.
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A Reinforced Protocol
effectively, Thomas, The Government spokesperson announced new measures, Wednesday, December 1, 2021 , at the end of a Council of Ministers. Gabriel Attal discussed a reinforced protocol for international travel, and an obligation to present a negative test of less than 48 hours for travelers arriving in France.
But many of our readers questioned the specific meaning of these statements: should we understand that non-resident travelers in the European Union will have to present a test before boarding, or does this mandatory test matter? All travelers from a third country?
A negative test for non-Union
travelers to faithfully quote the government spokesperson: "A new reinforced protocol will apply for international travel. Regarding travel from travelers who come from countries outside the European Union; For these trips and travelers, we decided to make a negative test of less than 48 hours to travel to France, that these travelers are vaccinated or not.
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by taking precisely the terms used by Gabriel Attal, it seems to be well referring to travelers from a country outside the European Union, not to the nationality of those travelers. In other words, even if you are French and vaccinated, a negative test will have to be submitted if you come back from a country outside the European Union.
On the other hand, these measures will come into force from Saturday, December 4th. Therefore, if you come back from Tunisia Friday, December 3, you are not a priori not concerned. But by prudence, you may need to do a PCR test before going to the airport.
For unvaccinated travelers from a Union country, the government spokesman also announced that a negative test of less than 24 hours will have to be presented to be able to visit France.
However, in the aftermath of these ads, no action appears, for the time being, on the government sites, such as diplomacy.gouv or government.fr . Contacted, the press department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs indicates that sometimes a few days before these measures are followed by effects, and clearly indicated on the websites. Do not hesitate to check these sites before your return flight.
Resumption of flights with Southern Africa
on the other hand, Gabriel Attal announced that France will resume from Saturday, December 4, 2021 flights from ten countries of southern Africa, including Africa. South. This recovery will be "with drastic frame," he said. The government had suspended these flights since November 26, 2021, for fear of importing the new Omicron variant discovered into South Africa.
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