France will impose from this weekend on travelers from Spain and Portugal who are not vaccinated a negative covid test carried out at most 24 hours before, and not 72 hours as up to now, given the strong growth of infections in those two countries.

The Secretary of State for European Affairs, Clément Beaune, made the measure official this Thursday in an interview on the France Info station in which he reiterated his recommendation to the French who have not yet booked their vacations so that they do not go to Spain and Portugal.

“It seems normal to me and it is my responsibility to say that there are areas with more risk than others, and therefore avoid them when you have the possibility to do so, “he stressed, referring to the two countries.

Beaune insisted that there will be no major impediments to travel: “For Spain and Portugal, as for all European countries, we have the same regime, the mandatory health certificate to travel“to be controlled” systematically “on all flights.

But he added that there, as shown by the European maps of the level of risk that are updated every week, “there is a difficult situation.”

That is why he specified that “for those who are not vaccinated when they return from those two countries, from Spain and Portugal, as the situation is difficult, they will have to take a test in 24 hours and the measure is due to go into effect this weekend.

He pointed out that no quarantine will be requiredAs no traveler from another country of the European Union will be required to quarantine, since a common rule has been agreed which is to request the European health certificate.

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France is living a rapid increase in epidemic incidence – 8,875 cases were reported on Wednesday, more than double the number one week earlier – and the authorities consider the arrival of a fourth wave to be inevitable in a few weeks.

The department of the Eastern Pyrenees, bordering Spain on the Catalan coast, is the one with the highest incidence rate in the country, with 155 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in seven days last Tuesday, which almost quadrupled the French national average .

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