France is authorizing from Wednesday, subject to a negative test for coronavirus and its variant, the return from the United Kingdom of French people and foreigners who reside in France or in the European area or “must make essential trips”, Matignon announced on Tuesday.
The people concerned will be “systematically subject to the obligation to have, before departure, the result of a negative test (for Covid-19) of less than 72 hours”, either PCR or antigen, provided that it is sensitive to the new variant identified across the Channel, said Matignon.
The European Commission had recommended Tuesday to EU member states to facilitate the resumption of trafficking with the United Kingdom whose isolation, linked to the discovery on its territory of a variant of the coronavirus, sowed chaos in its relations with the continent.
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“Constructive bilateral exchanges”
Since midnight Sunday, France, like many European countries including Germany and the Netherlands, had suspended the movement of people and goods from the United Kingdom for 48 hours.
“This deadline allowed for consultation between the European Commission and the Member States based on the health risk analysis published on December 20 by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), as well as constructive bilateral exchanges between the French and British governments “, explained the services of the head of the French government.
They add that “the specific modalities of resumption of road freight traffic will be specified in the coming hours”.
Regarding people, Matignon has drawn up a list of those who can benefit from an exemption to enter French territory: in addition to nationals and habitual residents, third-country nationals holding a residence permit or a valid French or European long-stay visa having its main residence in France or which reaches its main residence in a country of the European Union in transit through France, as well as third-country nationals in transit less than 24 hours in international zone.