Coronavirus: mandatory quick tests in airports starting November 7 in France

Published by Caroline J., Rizhlaine F. · Published on 3 November 2020 at 08h08 · Updated on 3 November 2020 at 18h37
Facing the second coronavirus epidemic wave, France is placed into a new nationwide lockdown. Even though borders with countries part of the European Union remain open, quick “antigenic” tests are to be soon mandatory in airports. Therefore, starting November 7, 2020 every single passenger entering France will have to be tested, excluding those coming from European states.

The coronavirus epidemic is escalating in France. To face the second wave, and despite the multiplication of restrictions over the past couple of weeks where the situation was the most preoccupying, at the end of the day the country did not manage to avoid another nationwide lockdown. It has been announced on Wednesday October 28, 2020 by Emmanuel Macron.

Even though French people are not allowed to travel from one region to another until December 1, 2020, what about traveling abroad? The matter was addressed by the head of state. He said that French borders were closed to countries outside the European Union, even though French living abroad can return. Yet, quick tests – the famous antigenic tests – will be deployed in airports and soon be made mandatory for some arrivals.

During a press brief held on October 29, Jean Castex has confirmed the news: “borders internal to the European area will remain open. Excluding exceptions, external borders will be closed, excluding trips for French citizens and living in France” the Prime Minister said. “Under the authority of tests” he added. “Anyone entering the country will have to prove a test performed 72 hours before is negative. And for those that have not been tested, testing at the arrival will be mandatory”.

On this issue, minister of the Ecological Transition Barbara Pompili said on November 3 these quick tests will be mandatory in airports starting November 7, 2020 for passengers coming from abroad, excluding those coming from European states.

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