Good news for tourists outside the EU. France will lift the obligation of Covid-19 screening tests for all vaccinated extra-European travelers, announced on Tuesday February 8 the Secretary of State for European Affairs, Clément Beaune.
“In France, we added tests in December with the Omicron wave. We will announce in the coming days the lifting of tests for those vaccinated.he said on the France 2 channel.
At present, all travelers (vaccinated or not) from many non-EU countries, must show a negative Covid test taken within 48 hours to enter the country.
“There will undoubtedly be a new European practice this week so that vaccinated people who come from outside the European Union to the European Union have reduced measures”added Clément Beaune.
French TV channel BFM reports government sources saying an announcement will be made next week to end the testing requirement for fully vaccinated travellers.
Several countries, including Morocco, Italy or Denmark require travelers, even vaccinated against Covid-19, to present negative tests to enter their territory.
Indeed, Morocco, which reopened its borders to tourists on Monday February 7, requires its travelers to present a vaccination card and a negative PCR test carried out less than 48 hours before boarding the plane.
Upon arrival at airports, passengers will be required to undergo rapid antigen tests, and “random” PCR tests will also be performed on groups of passengers, according to a government statement.
Tourists could be subjected to “an additional test at their hotel or residence 48 hours after entering the territory”. Passengers who test positive will be required to self-isolate.