From midnight Sunday, July 18, France will impose Covid-19 PCR or antigenic tests of less than 24 hours before departure for non-vaccinated travelers arriving from the United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal, Cyprus, Greece and the Netherlands, prime minister Jean Castex announced via a press release today.
It would appear that PCR tests for vaccinated travelers are no longer required. “Because vaccines are effective against the virus, especially the Delta variant, the requirement on travellers with a complete vaccination regime [to have a PCR test]... will be lifted as of this Saturday 17th of July, regardless of the country of origin,” the statement adds. “Fully vaccinated travellers are no longer subject to restrictions to travel to or from France, whatever the country of departure.”
The government also confirms the expansion of “red list” countries to include Tunisia, Mozambique, Cuba and Indonesia.
Jean Castex also confirmed that a vaccination is now considered complete seven days after the second injection or one dose for anyone who already had Covid, against 14 days previously. For the single-dose Janssen single, vaccination is complete 28 days after the injection.
Covishield, the Indian-made version of AstraZeneca's Vaxzevria jab, has been authorised in the EU and the vaccine “is now recognized for the health pass” in France.
Covid cases in France surpassed 10,000 on Friday (10,900) compared to 3,000 cases 14 days ago. However, hospital admissions continue to fall from 7,912 to 6,971 over the same two weeks and for ICU, the number has dropped from 1,102 to 899.
Castex's announcement follows the UK’s news on Friday that the mandatory quarantine for vaccinated travellers from France would be maintained.