France Requires Negative Covid-19 PCR-RT Test From All Air & Sea Arrivals Effective January 24, 2021

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European leaders held a video conference on Thursday on how to prevent the mutation of the Covid-19 virus from spreading in Europe and what border measures countries can put in place.

France has decided to require all air and boat arrivals, including those from EU/EEA/Schengen, to have a negative Covid-19 PCR-RT test administered not more than 72 hours before departure.

EU/EEA citizens, however, are exempt from the quarantine requirements. Note that this requirement PCR-RT test requirement does not apply for arrivals by road or train. ,

Here’s an excerpt from the Local:

From Sunday travellers arriving in France from from within the EU will need a negative Covid test, the government has announced – although it later added that this applies only to arrivals by air or sea.

Following discussions among European leaders about extra travel restrictions, the French government announced on Thursday night that anyone entering the country will need a negative Covid test.

Anyone entering France from outside the EU already needs to abide by strict regulations that ban all non-essential travel and require both a Covid test and a seven-day quarantine once in France.

From Sunday, anyone entering France by air or sea will need a negative Covid test performed in the previous 72 hours. The government specified that this must be a PCR test, the rapid-result antigen tests on offer at many pharmacies will not be accepted.

Conclusion

Even traveling within the passport-free Schengen-zone has become a minefield with varying test requirements instituted by airlines and governments.

It also doesn’t make sense that you can arrive by train or car without doing the test while air and sea travel is deemed extra dangerous in spreading the Covdi-19.

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