France tightened entry restrictions for travelers from the United Kingdom on Saturday to limit the spread of the omikron variant of the coronavirus. This was stated by government spokesman Gabriel Attal on Thursday on the French news channel BFMTV.
Only people who wish to travel to France for “force majeure” reasons, and not for tourism or business reasons, or people with French citizenship, are allowed to enter the country from the United Kingdom. The negative PCR test they have to submit to enter the country will only be valid for 24 hours instead of 48 hours. Travelers from the UK must self-quarantine for seven days after arrival. Anyone who tests negative for COVID-19 on British soil can be released from quarantine after 48 hours.
The French government is introducing the rules due to the rapid rise in the number of Corona injuries in the United Kingdom. Atal said the goal of the stricter entry rules is to “maximally delay the arrival of the omicron variable in our soils, while grafting with booster doses.” 240 infections of the omicron variant have already been detected in France, but “there are likely more,” according to a government spokesperson.
French Prime Minister Jean Castix will announce the full list of restrictions later today.
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