Au Revoir PCR Tests For Vaccinated Europeans Coming To France

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Nancy Heslin   Forbes Monaco

Au Revoir PCR Tests For Vaccinated Europeans Coming To France

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Following a decree on Wednesday by the Italian minister of health allowing residents within 60 km of Liguria to visit for up to 24 hours without a PCR test, it was announced this morning that Europeans who are vaccinated with one of the 4 vaccines recognized in Europe (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Janssen) will be able to enter France without a PCR test from June 9. The traveler must have been vaccinated for at least 14 days.

Citizens of other countries, like Israel, Australia and Japan, will also have this authorization, the Secretary of State for Tourism, Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, said on BFMTV-RMC Friday morning.

From countries classified as “green”—Australia, South Korea, Israel, Japan, Lebanon, New Zealand, Singapore—no compelling reason for travel is needed but a PCR or antigen test of less than 72 hours is required from anyone who is not vaccinated.

“Red” zones (South Africa, Argentina, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Turkey, Uruguay) still require a compelling reason to come to France, a PCR or antigenic test is required regardless of vaccination status, and a quarantine of 7 to 10 days is imposed upon arrival.

For “orange” countries—the U.S. or U.K.—a PCR (within 72 hours) or antigen test (within 48 hours) is mandatory even if the traveler has been vaccinated, and for those not vaccinated, travel is permitted for a compelling reason but a negative test is required and self-isolation for 7 days. 

According to a report by AFP, more than two billion doses of Covid-19 vaccines have been administered worldwide and Israel remains the country with the most advanced vaccination campaign, with nearly six in ten Israelis already fully vaccinated.

The countries leading the campaign are Canada (59% of the population have received at least one dose), the U.K. (58.3%), Chile (56.6%) and the US (51%). In the EU, 254.98 million doses have been administered to 39% adults. In France, more than 50% of adults have received at least one dose and country hopes to have 30 million people vaccinated by mid-June.

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Nancy Heslin   Forbes Monaco

Nancy Heslin is an established journalist and lifestyle writer. She has been the Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Monaco magazine (bimonthly in English) , since the magazine's 2nd issue . Launched in November 2018, Forbes Monaco is part of the Forbes family, with its 7 million readers and 71 million monthly website visitors worldwide.