The head of French diplomacy, Jean-Yves Le Drian, announced on Friday a strengthening of health controls decided by Germany for people arriving from France who will be able to go up to quarantine due to the epidemiological situation currently going through the country.
As the coronavirus pandemic increases in France, Germany has decided to classify the country “in a high risk zone”, according to an announcement by Chancellor Angela Merkel, while so far only one French department has been classified at high risk .
“The explosion of the pandemic in Germany is going faster than they thought and therefore they will strengthen health tests at the entrance to German territory due to the extension of the pandemic at this time in France”, declared the French Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Thus, the French or other residents of France wishing to enter German territory will have to have negative PCR tests before entering and will be subjected to random checks. And the measures may go as far as the imposition of a mandatory 10-day quarantine.
Classification in a high-risk zone “means more reinforced random health checks than what existed until now, with compulsory tests and recommended quarantine”, explained Jean-Yves Le Drian.
Germany had already classified several countries of the European Union in this high-risk zone by putting in place controls and this decision had been criticized by certain States concerned about mobility problems within the European area.
Regarding frontier workers, the adopted regime could be different, more flexible. The head of French diplomacy indicated that discussions are underway with the regions concerned to “try to adapt as best as possible (these measures) and ensure that these employees are penalized as little as possible”. “But there will be an obligation for health tests.”