France mentioned Saturday it will require folks not absolutely vaccinated and arriving from some European nations to indicate a adverse Covid take a look at taken inside the earlier 24 hours.
Arrivals from the United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal, Cyprus, Greece and the Netherlands will probably be topic to the brand new rule, which comes into impact at midnight Saturday into Sunday, Prime Minsiter Jean Castex mentioned in an announcement.
To date, folks arriving from the United Kingdom are required to indicate a adverse take a look at taken inside the previous 48 hours.
Arrivals from Spain, Portugal, Cyprus, the Netherlands and Greece have needed to present exams taken inside 72 hours.
But Castex mentioned that people who find themselves absolutely vaccinated with a jab recognised by the European Medicines Agency — Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca or Johnson & Johson — won’t be required to indicate a take a look at.
The assertion mentioned the exemption was in place as a result of “vaccines are effective against the virus, and in particular its variant Delta”.
Tunisia, Mozambique, Cuba and Indonesia have additionally been added to France’s so-called purple listing.
Travel from purple listing nations is simply allowed on urgent grounds and even then vaccinated travellers should self-isolate for seven days.
The new measures come as a number of European nations battle rising caseloads, blamed partly on the highly-transmissible Delta variant which has taken maintain on the continent.
New infections have ticked up in France in latest weeks, hitting practically 11,000 on Friday, whilst the federal government races to vaccinate the inhabitants.
President Emmanuel Macron mentioned this week that vaccine well being passes could be required for entry to most public locations and that each one healthcare staff have to be absolutely inoculated, sparking a rush to e-book appointments for the jab.
Around 35.5 million folks — simply over half of France’s inhabitants — have obtained at the least one vaccine dose thus far.
The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) mentioned this week it expects a pointy enhance in coronavirus circumstances, with practically 5 instances as many new infections by August 1.