France, amid an epidemic of coronavirus infection COVID-19, bans entry and exit of all travelers arriving from countries outside the EU, with a number of exceptions, French Prime Minister Jean Castex said after a defense council on Friday night.
French authorities, after discussions, decided for now to refrain from introducing a new quarantine in the country, but are tightening a series of restrictive measures.
“Entry into and exit from our territory to countries outside the European Union will be prohibited except for compelling reasons,” Castex said. According to him, the rule will take effect on Sunday.
The Head of the French government noted that the condition for entry into France for all EU countries will have to be a mandatory negative PCR test for coronavirus, exceptions will be made for workers living in border areas. All transfers from mainland France to its overseas territories will be allowed only for compelling reasons, Castex said.
A curfew has been in effect in France since December 15. On January 16, it was expanded to go into effect at 6 p.m. instead of 8 p.m., as before, throughout the country. Museums, theaters, cinemas, restaurants, and bars remain closed in the country.
Since the start of the epidemic, the number of coronavirus patients in France amounted to more than 3 million people, more than 74 thousand have died. The vaccination campaign began in France on December 27. According to the latest data, more than 1.5 million people received the first vaccine injections.