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Mandatory PCR test to travel to France

From Sunday at midnight, a negative covid test carried out 72 hours before departure will be necessary for most European travelers wanting to enter France, announced President Emmanuel Macron to the European Council.

From Sunday at midnight, a negative covid test carried out 72 hours before departure will be necessary for most European travelers wanting to enter France, announced President Emmanuel Macron to the European Council.

(AFP) – Test, please! To cross the French border, it will now be necessary to show a negative PCR test, the Elysée reported late Thursday evening. This obligation will nevertheless apply “excluding essential trips”. In other words, frontier workers and land transport will in particular be exempted and will therefore only concern passengers arriving in France by plane or ferry.

Paris had already decided on January 14 to subject travelers from a country outside the European Union (EU) to this rule. The Elysee said that the approach chosen by the Head of State was also that of “many of his European counterparts”.

In Stockholm, the European agency in charge of epidemics, for its part, invited Europeans to “prepare for a rapid escalation in the stringency of measures (to counter the virus) in the coming weeks in order to preserve healthcare capacities, thus than to speed up vaccination campaigns ”.

Limitation of “non-essential” trips

In France, where the death toll is now close to 72,000 deaths, the number of contaminations recorded again exceeded the figure of 20,000 on Thursday, and the specter of a third confinement seems to be looming. Emmanuel Macron’s decision comes at the end of a videoconference summit of the 27 Member States during which Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Commission, sounded the alarm on “the very serious health situation” caused in all of Europe by the covid-19 pandemic.

For its part, the European Union called for avoiding non-essential trips between the countries of the bloc to face the threat of new variants of the coronavirus, deeming the health situation “very serious”.

Its leader, however, said that it was “of the utmost importance to continue to make the single market function”, that is to say to continue to allow the “fluid transport of essential workers and goods across borders. »EU countries.


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