France today announced that all unvaccinated people against covid-19 arriving from Portugal or Spain who want to enter the country will have to submit a test with less than 24 hours, instead of the current 48 hours.
“People can go to Spain and Portugal, especially when they are vaccinated. But when they are not vaccinated, when they come from these two countries, where the situation is difficult, it is necessary to present a test with less than 24 hours”, announced this morning the Secretary of State for European Affairs, Clément Beaune, on “Franceinfo” radio.
The test requested from now on may be PCR or antigenic, according to information given by an official source of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs to Lusa Agency, and the measure should come into force as of this weekend.
The details of the decree on new measures will be known this Friday when the text will be officially published in the Gallic equivalent of the Diário da República.
Asked whether there is isolation for passengers coming from Portugal or Spain, the French secretary of state said no, as these are European Union countries.
Last week, this same government official “disadvised” the French to travel to Portugal and Spain, having been later clarified by several members of the French Government that there was no ban on travel to the two countries.
In France, 111,442 people have died from covid-19 and 5,829,724 cases of the disease have been detected.
The covid-19 pandemic has caused at least 4,053,041 deaths worldwide, among more than 187.7 million cases of infection by the new coronavirus, according to the most recent balance sheet by the Agence France-Presse.