France introduces Covid tests for ‘at risk’ airport arrivals

A woman on an airport escalator wearing a mask. France introduces Covid tests for ‘at risk’ airport arrivals
Arrivals to French airports from "at risk" countries will be required to take a Covid-19 test or show proof they have done one before flying.

Travellers arriving by air into France from at-risk countries will now be “systematically” tested for Covid-19 upon arrival, the French government has announced.

Up to 2,000 PCR (polymerase chain reaction Covid-19) tests per day could be performed in French airports by around 40 dedicated staff, new government spokesperson Gabriel Attal said this Sunday (July 12) on the television programme BFM Politique in partnership with newspaper Le Parisien.

The tests will only be in place for passengers arriving into France from countries in which the virus is still circulating, he said. These countries are considered to be “red” or “at-risk”.

The tests will be free, health minister Olivier Véran said.