Coronavirus: free PCR tests for foreign tourists visiting France this summer

Published by Rizhlaine F. · Photos by My B. · Published on 16 May 2021 at 17h14 · Updated on 18 May 2021 at 09h52
France is preparing to welcome tourists this summer amid the coronavirus epidemic. Unlike other countries where they have to pay about a hundred euros, foreign travelers will be able to take a PCR test free of charge in France.

This summer 2021 is going to be a real challenge. As the coronavirus epidemic keeps on spreading across the world, vaccination lets us think things may return to normal soon. In tourist countries, people are working hard to welcome foreign travelers while trying to prevent the epidemic from surging again, as well as worrying variants from spreading.

France is expecting to take the challenge up. In addition to the implementation of a health pass – admitted by all EU countries – the country also plans to give extra doses of vaccines to the most tourist areas to make sure the injection pace can go on.

And what about foreign tourists? Invited on “Le Grand Rendez-Vous Europe 1 – Cnews – Les Echos” show, State Secretary for European Affairs Clément Beaune announced PCR tests will be free of charge for foreign tourists visiting France this summer. A radical way to encourage screen tests in travelers. As a comparison, Spain charges €120 for this testing method, and the United Kingdom charges €116. In Sweden, the bill is even higher: €300 for a test.

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