Covid: France closes its borders to non-EU countries, Castex announces

Published by Caroline J. · Published on 29 January 2021 at 21h14 · Updated on 30 January 2021 at 17h48
Jean Castex once again addressed the situation on Friday January 29, 2021 and announced new measures. The Prime Minister announced more restrictions at the borders. Therefore, starting Sunday January 31, borders with non-EU countries are closed, "excluding compelling reasons".

Jean Castex once again addressed the situation this Friday January 29, 2021 to speak about the evolution of the Coronavirus epidemic in the country. If France is avoiding a new lockdown, the Prime Minister yet announced new restrictions including the closure of non-food shopping malls over 20,000sqm starting this Sunday.

Furthermore, new border restrictions have been announced as British and South African variants have the health authorities more and more worried.

Castex then announced that "any entry into France and any exit from our territory to or from a country outside the European Union will be prohibited unless there are compelling reasons", adding it will start from Sunday at midnight.

Other statement? Any entry into France from a EU country will be determined by a PCR test, excluding cross-border workers.

Last but not least, he said that any trips from and to all our overseas territories will be subject to the same production of compelling reasons, the chief of the executive concluded.

So far, for the record,  travelers from countries outside the European Union and wishing to enter France will have to show a negative Covid test that is at least 72-hour old before boarding. Furthermore, a 7-day quarantine will be compulsory as well as another PCR test at the end of the self-isolation period.

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