Covid-19: France to impose mandatory tests for travellers from China

Passengers told to provide negative result less than 48 hours before departure

By Reuters

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Published: Sat 31 Dec 2022, 12:08 AM

Last updated: Sat 31 Dec 2022, 12:09 AM

France will require travellers from China to provide a negative Covid-19 test result less than 48 hours before departure, the health and transport ministries said on Friday.

The test will be required on all flights from China, including flights with stopovers. Travellers on airplanes arriving from China will also have to wear masks.

Having kept its borders all but shut for three years, imposing a strict regime of lockdowns and relentless testing, Beijing abruptly reversed course toward living with the virus on Dec. 7, and infections have spread rapidly in recent weeks.

France did not set a start date for the measures but will publish a government decree and notify European Union member states, the ministries said.

A government source told Reuters it would take "a little while" for the mandatory testing to be put in place.

From January 1, France will also carry out random PCR Covid tests upon arrival on some travellers coming from China, a government official told reporters.

The government also recommended that people with weak immune systems delay non-essential travel to China.

South Korea and Spain on Friday joined a growing list of countries, including the United States, India and others, which have imposed Covid tests for travellers from China.

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