France will impose COVID-19 exams taken inside 24 hours of departure for unvaccinated travellers from the UK, Spain, Portugal, Cyprus, Greece and the Netherlands, the Prime Minister”s workplace stated on Saturday.
Up to now exams needed to be carried out inside 48 hours of departure for UK travellers, and 72 hours for the opposite nations targetted by the brand new rule.
The measure will enter into pressure from midnight on Sunday.
It comes amid issues over the fast-spreading Delta variant, which is fueling a wave of latest infections throughout many European nations.
The UK recorded greater than 51,000 new infections on Friday — the best each day tally since January 15.
In accordance with well being authorities, 99% of latest instances are from the Delta variant, which was first detected in India.
In France, 10,908 new instances have been confirmed within the 24 hours to Friday afternoon, in addition to 22 deaths.
On Friday, the British authorities introduced that absolutely vaccinated folks returning to the UK from France will nonetheless must quarantine for 10 days.
France additionally introduced on Saturday that Tunisia, Mozambique, Cuba and Indonesia had joined the nation’s “red-list” with excessive virus threat.
Paris will permit worldwide travellers who’ve had AstraZeneca’s vaccine made by India’s Serum Institute into the nation beginning Sunday, the Prime Minister’s workplace stated.
The transfer got here after international outrage over the truth that the European Union’s COVID-19 certificates solely recognises AstraZeneca pictures manufactured in Europe. A number of nations within the bloc already settle for the Indian model.
France nonetheless doesn’t recognise vaccinations by Chinese language or Russian jabs, with solely these authorised by the European Medicines Company accepted.