COVID-19 testing will now be mandatory in France for all persons coming from 16 countries with a surging number of pandemic cases. This includes the US. These countries are considered high-risk, belonging to the red list for COVID-19 circulation.
France is making border checks more stringent to avoid a new wave of infections. COVID-19 testing will be compulsory for those coming from:
- South Africa
- United Arab Emirates
- The US
Morocco is a country that may soon be added to this list depending on its epidemiological condition.
The tests will be administered on citizens of these 16 countries with a residence established in France or citizens of France living in these countries. The tests will be conducted across France by August 1, 2020. They will also be conducted at French ports.
Travelers can get tested at their home countries. Before boarding transport, the certificate of the test will have to be presented to the authorities. Upon arrival in France, they will have to get the COVID-19 test compulsorily in case they didn’t get it done in their home countries.
Voluntary testing is now available for arriving passengers in French airports of Paris, Lyon and Bordeaux.
Those who aren’t required to go through testing before entering France include those coming from:
- The 12 countries currently on the safe list issued by the EU
- The Schengen area
- The UK
The citizens of the EU and Schengen area countries have been exempted from restrictions on non-essential travel to France in June 2020. International students needing to travel to France for study purposes were invited by the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs on July 1, 2020. French consulates abroad have also started to process applications for residence permits on priority from the same date.
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