LATEST: France to impose strict quarantine requirements on arrivals from another seven countries

LATEST: France to impose strict quarantine requirements on arrivals from another seven countries
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The French government on Friday announced the extension of its 'red list' of countries from which all arrivals are subject to a compulsory, police-enforced quarantine.

The strict quarantine requirement was introduced in mid April, initially for Brazil, South Africa, Chile and Argentina, before India was added to the list a couple of days later.

The requirements are also in place for anyone arriving from the French overseas département of French Guiana, which borders Brazil, the official announcement in the Journal Officiel clarified.

Now the government has added another seven countries to the list – Turkey, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, a government source told AFP.

The measure will come into force at midnight on Saturday.

Travel from these countries is allowed for essential reasons only and all arrivals must follow a strict pre-travel testing regime, followed by a compulsory 10-day quarantine in France.

EXPLAINED These are France’s rules on quarantine

The rules apply to all travellers aged 11 and over.

  • Anyone travelling from these places must get either a PCR test 36 hours before travel OR a PCR test 72 hours before travel followed by a rapid-result antigen test 24 hours before travel
  • 10-day quarantine can be done at an address of the traveller’s choice, either at a home or a hotel (at their own cost)
  • Travellers must provide proof of their quarantine address when boarding (either proof of their home address or a hotel reservation) and airlines will be allowed to refuse boarding to people who do not have the correct proof
  • Travellers must then take another antigen test on arrival in France, and confirm to border guards that they will observe the 10-day quarantine. Quarantine address proofs will also be checked again at the border
  • Police will then check the address provided during the 10 days to ensure the quarantine is being enforced
  • Travellers will also be contacted by health authorities to remind them of the rules and offer advice. Support will be available if needed for essential errands 
  • Essential errands may be done only between 10am and 12 noon, anyone not at the address provided outside those hours will be deemed in breach of quarantine and fined
  • Fines range from €1,000 to €1,500

Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin said: “For the most part, only French and European nationals with their main residence in France will be able to enter the country.”

These requirements, put in place due to fears about new variants, are coupled with a ban on all flights between France and Brazil.

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