France plans to introduce health pass requirement at borders, leaked bill reveals
The French government plans to introduce a system that requires travelers to present proof of COVID-19 vaccination, recovery from the virus, or negative test results upon arrival at France’s borders, and the same would be presumably valid until the end of March 2023.
A leaked bill published by the French media outlet Atlantico, the authenticity of which was later confirmed by the French Ministry of Health, shows that the country plans to set up a border system by which travelers over the age of 12 reaching the territory of France, Corsica and overseas territories should prove that they are immune to COVID-19.
The same document also provides for the extension of the SI-DEP (screening test results) and Contact Covid (infected persons and contact cases) computer files until March 31.
According to the Ministry of Health, the draft law “will be the subject of discussions, before its presentation to the Council of Ministers, with the political forces.
The bill comes at a time when the country is seeing a surge in cases, with a total of 342,504 new cases recorded in the past seven days alone and 270 deaths in the same period, according to data from the ‘World Health Organization (WHO) View.
The spike in the number of cases came despite vaccination rates in the country. According to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), 80.4% of the French population is vaccinated with at least the first dose, 78.1% with the second dose and 59.2% with a booster or a supplement COVID-19. vaccine dose.
Currently, France classifies countries in two colors – green and orange – and thus, travelers are subject to different entry rules depending on the category in which their country is placed.
Travelers from countries on the green list – which includes all EU countries, the UK and the US, among others – can enter France with a COVID vaccination, recovery or test certificate negative. Children under 12 are not subject to such an obligation.
While travelers from countries on the orange list can only enter with a vaccination certificate, or negative results, accompanied by a declaration on honor attesting to the absence of symptoms of COVID-19.
France is also among the last EU countries to maintain COVID-19 travel restrictions, alongside Spain, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal and Slovakia.
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