Omicron: France mandates negative Covid test for all non-EU arrivals

New DelhiUpdated: Dec 01, 2021, 07:56 PM IST
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French President Emmanuel Macron Photograph:(AFP)

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The negative Covid test would be required even if the person is fully vaccinated

French government said on Wednesday that everyone reaching France from outside European Union will have the obligation of a negative COVID-19 test irrespective of their vaccination status. The move is part of a bundle of measures aimed at tackling a new surge in infections as worries caused by the newly detected Omicron variant loom.

Talking to journalists after a government meeting, French government spokesperson Gabriel Attal said that decisions regarding intra-EU-travel would be coordinated by European leaders later this week.

World Health Organisation (WHO) has already made an appeal advising countries against 'knee jerk reaction' and blanket restrictions in the wake of spread of Omicron variant.

"I well understand the concern of all countries to protect their citizens against a variant that we don't yet fully understand," said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Tuesday.

"But I am equally concerned that several Member States are introducing blunt, blanket measures that are not evidence-based or effective on their own, and which will only worsen inequities."

Omicron variant was first reported in South Africa a week ago. Though South Africa won international praise, the detection of new variant also caused global alarm and led to travel bans.