France will impose from next Monday the presentation of a negative PCR test performed in the previous 72 hours to all European travelers who want to enter the country by plane, announced Thursday the president, Emmanuel Macron, at the summit in Brussels.

The measure, which France applied a few days ago to all other non-European travelers, who are also required to undergo a seven-day quarantine, is now extended to all travelers from the European Union. If the test is negative, they will not have to be isolated.

“This is the approach that the President has decided to adopt, like many of his European counterparts,” said Presidency sources, who indicated that essential travel will also be exempted from this obligation.

France thus joins countries such as Spain and the Netherlands, which require any traveler arriving at their borders by air to present a negative diagnosis carried out within the previous three days.

The president reaffirmed in the teleconference of leaders of the EU countries that it is necessary “a reinforced coordination” in the matter of test as well as in the quarantine measures that are applied to travelers from third countries, sources of the Elysée specified.

At the virtual summit of EU leaders, Macron urged the EU to continue working to increase the supply of vaccines on the continent and the production capacity within the European territory.

Regarding the so-called “vaccine passport”, he called for “prudence” due to the lack of data on the contagions of vaccinated people, the low diffusion of doses among the general population and the technical aspects of vaccination that still need to be resolved, such as delivery times or personal data.

In view of the expansion of more contagious variants of the new coronavirus, as has been the case of the British one, the French President pointed out that his country is working on developing specific tracking capabilities for new strains and proposed that Europeans “share their capabilities according to their needs”.


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