France Moves India And 28 Other Countries To Green Travel List

by Sanjana Shenoy
France Moves India And 28 Other Countries To Green Travel List

If you have been waiting to travel to France, here’s some great news. Fully vaccinated travellers will no longer need to undergo pre-entry testing regardless of the origin of the country. According to reports, fully vaccinated travellers can now enter France by presenting a vaccination certificate.  France will also have new protocols for fully vaccinated travellers entering France from a new country.

France updated its travel green list and added 29 countries including India, Canada, and South Africa. However, UK, USA, and Australia remain on the orange list. Vaccinated travellers from the green list will not even require a COVID test for entry.

France Becomes First European Country To Launch Digital Health Pass

France is now the first country in Europe to launch a Digital Health Pass for travel. These digital passes shall undergo trials on flights to Corsica. They will later be introduced to international flights as well. The launch f the digital health pass comes after French President Emmanuel Macron stated that he wished to relax travel restrictions on international travel for the summer. In a bid to “progressively lift the restrictions, France’s digital health pass can also be used for festivals and concerts. But not for restaurants or bars.  France’s TousAntiCovid app is upgraded to store Covid-19 test results on the phones of travellers. The digital pass trials will include vaccination certificates as well.

Picture Credits: AFP/Damien Meyer

The Importance Of Digital Health Pass In France

The digital health pass by France is purposely not referred to as a “vaccine passport”. This is done to not discriminate against people who haven’t been vaccinated yet. This digital health pass will help travellers store evidence of vaccination, Covid negative tests or even having antibodies after recovering from coronavirus. With the evidence stored on the phones, travellers need not quarantine unnecessarily. In this way, the certificate will ease travel. Post trials, this digital pass may be standardised to include the whole of Europe. France’s Secretary of State for the digital transition, Cédric O stated to The Guardian, that the trial will be one part of a “reinforced, consolidated and standardised” Europe-wide system.

Also Read: France To Impose 10-Day Quarantine For Travellers Arriving From India Amid Rising COVID Cases

Also Read: Zomato Rolls Out A Priority Delivery For COVID Infected Patients In Quarantine

France’s TousAntiCovid App To Contain Complete Covid Database Of Travellers

The Digital Green Certificate will be operational by June 21. This is an urgent priority for southern European nations whose economies have been bludgeoned by the pandemic. In the future, anyone taking a Covid test in France, will receive a text message or email giving them access to a state-certified online document. You can print, download or store it in the TousAntiCovid app.

Also Read: Indian Restaurant In UK Sends Samosa Into Space; It Makes A Crash Landing In France

People who will be vaccinated in France can get a complete database of past tests, vaccinations open for download from mid-May. According to The Guardian, antibody test results will also be incorporated at a later date. The TousAntiCovid app shall generate a secure QR code that contains all information about the traveller. This includes the traveller’s name, type of test, vaccine, information about the doctor or laboratory, which can be accessed on the national database. Until you can visit France, go on a virtual tour of the most romantic destination in the world with our Chief Editor, Kamiya Jani. 

France Ski Resorts Are Welcoming Tourists Again

France has eased travel restrictions for visitors from the UK and now, the ski resorts in France are looking forward to welcoming British skiers. The Alps attract massive crowds during the holiday season, but the ban on non-essential travel to France, forced British ski enthusiasts to cancel their holiday plans. Vaccinated travellers entering France are required to show only a negative PCR certificate or an antigen test report that must be taken 24 hours before departure. Unvaccinated travellers will need to quarantine themselves for 10 days.