Thursday, April 22, 2021

France to impose entry restrictions on travellers coming from India

France will impose new entry restrictions on travelers from India to fight a contagious coronavirus variant spreading in that country, an official said Wednesday. The restrictions come in addition to those previously announced regarding four other countries -- Brazil, Argentina, Chile and South Africa -- that will be implemented starting from Saturday.

Government spokesman Gabriel Attal also confirmed that France will lift its ban on domestic travel as planned on May 3, but will maintain its nighttime curfew, now in place from 7 pm to 6 am. Non-essential shops, closed since the partial lockdown of the country at beginning of April, won't reopen before mid-May, he said.

France suspended all flights from Brazil earlier this month in an effort to curb the spread of a new Covid-19 variant found in the South American country. The temporary measure is to be replaced Saturday by tight travel restrictions regarding a list of now five countries, including a mandatory 10-day quarantine with police checks to ensure people arriving in France observe the requirement.

France is also requiring more stringent testing for the coronavirus on travelers from these countries, who will need to pass a mandatory antigen test upon their arrival, in addition to a pre-boarding PCR test. A variant first identified in England is now responsible for about 80 per cent of the virus cases in France, while the variants first seen in Brazil and South Africa make up less than 4 per cent of French infections, Health Minister Olivier Veran said last week.

22/04/21 AP/Business Today

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