TRAVEL TRAVEL With the emergence of the Omicron variant, border closures are increasing. But the French are still going to be able to travel at Christmas
Among the exotic destinations where the French can travel, Fiji has just reopened its borders. – Shutterstock/SIPA
Since the emergence of the Omicron variant, we have the impression of being taken back two years, to the very beginning of the coronavirus epidemic. The borders close one after the other, against the opinion of l & rsquo; WHO, but allowing & ldquo; & ldquo; & nbsp; to gain 10, 15 days on the arrival of the variant Omicron & nbsp; & raquo;, according to Jean-Fran & ccedil; ois Delfraissy, President of the Scientific Council.
A valuable & ldquo; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & rdquo; & rdquo ;, but a complex situation & agrave; the approach of the Christmas holidays. Lovers of the Arctic Circle, Ultramarins wishing to reunite with their families or simple tourists wishing to experience a Christmas & euml; l & agrave; When abroad, many French people take advantage of the end-of-year holidays to leave. O & ugrave; are you going to be able to travel with the current restrictions? & nbsp; 20 Minutes toured the world, and the question.
In Japan, Israel and Guinea equatorial, the border is closed
The Land of the Rising Sun announced & oacute; Monday the closure of its borders & agrave; all foreign visitors, and ask airlines to suspend all new bookings for the entire month of December. Only Japanese citizens currently & agrave; foreigners can set foot on the archipelago again.
Ditto in Israel, whose borders have been added. closed from the evening of Sunday, November 28. & ldquo; The entry of foreign nationals into Israel is prohibited except in cases approved by a committee. special & nbsp; & raquo;, has thus announced & eacute; Prime Minister Naftali Bennett's office. This measure will remain in place for at least the next two weeks.
Finally, Equatorial Guinea announced this Thursday at the end of the afternoon suspend all international flights from December 6 to January 2. Only professional or medical trips The interior of the country is authorized, according to the new decree, and travelers must be provided, in addition to a vaccination record, a negative PCR test.
In the United States, test of less than 24 hours required; & agrave; the entrance
The White House announced this Thursday that the United States will demand from next week the presentation of a negative test carried out; in the day prior to departure. Travelers must also be vaccinated.
In southern Africa, travel resumes on December 4
The focus of the Omicron variant emergence, southern Africa (South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe) is virtually cut off from the rest of the world. right now. But France announced & eacute; the resumption of flights & agrave; from December 4, with & ldquo; & ldquo; drastic & nbsp; & rdquo ;, to be precise & nbsp; Gabriel Attal. Only French people, EU nationals, diplomats and seafarers will be able to take flights between Southern Africa and France. Upon return to France, a Covid test will be imposed; & agrave; on arrival, followed by seven days of isolation if the test is negative, ten if the test is positive.
In Asia and the Pacific, many countries still closed , Fiji reopens
According to the World Tourism Organization, 46 countries remain totally closed to tourists, and 55 partially. Many states in Asia and the Pacific still ban & ldquo; & ldquo; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & rdquo; travel. Australia thus closes its borders & ldquo; & nbsp; to people without an Australian passport & nbsp; & rsquo;. But some of these countries have an economy very dependent on tourism, and this sector is depleted.
This is the case of Fiji, which had fixed on December 1, the borders reopen to tourists to boost the economy. The Omicron variant will not change the government's plans, especially for France which is a travel partner country. of the archipelago.
In Morocco, the air borders are closed
Since November 25 & nbsp; flights & agrave; destination and coming from France were & eacute; suspended & ldquo; & nbsp; until & rsquo; new order & raquo; by Morocco, due to the resurgence of coronavirus cases in France. The air borders were then made. fully closed with the emergence of the Omicron variant for at least two weeks.
In the European Union, no closed border but local restrictions
At present, no European country has closed. its borders & agrave; its neighbors, most of them simply cutting off links with the seven southern African countries. But, like France, a health pass is required; to enter the territory of most 27. Namely, a complete vaccination schedule, a PCR test of less than 72h or antigen test of less than 48h, or the result of a positive test of more than 11 days and less than 6 months. These conditions are also the same for traveling to French overseas territory. But now, strong restrictions apply in some countries for people who have not been vaccinated, such as in Germany or Germany. They are prohibited from entering non-essential shops, restaurants, places of culture and recreation.
In the UK, mandatory testing for vaccines
To set foot on British soil, the French Embassy specifies the protocol. If you are vaccinated, you will need to book a PCR test & ldquo; & nbsp; & nbsp; day 2 & nbsp; & raquo; prior to travel, and isolate in the UK while awaiting the test result. It can nonetheless be performed. the day of arrival. People staying less than two days must book and pay for the PCR test but are not required to perform it.
Unvaccinated persons must prove a compelling reason to get to the UK. They must also justify a negative test three days before departure, and isolate 10 days with tests on the second and eighth days of isolation.