Covid-19: Quarantine lifted in France for South African vaccines

Paris | Travelers arriving in France from South Africa with a full vaccination schedule are no longer subject to a 10-day quarantine, according to a decree published on Thursday.

South Africa is moving from the “crimson red” category to the “red” category, and a ten-day quarantine remains mandatory only for travelers whose vaccination schedule is not complete.

Travelers must still submit, prior to departure from South Africa, a negative RT-PCR or antigen test of less than 48 hours for metropolitan France, and less than 24 hours for overseas territories.

In addition, to get to Reunion or Mayotte from South Africa, the main reason remains mandatory.

South Africa was placed on the Scarlet Red List following the announcement in late November of the discovery of Omicron. This highly contagious species, whose multiple mutations have raised fears of vaccine resistance, has caused worldwide panic.

The South African Foreign Ministry on Twitter welcomed the lifting of this restriction, which will allow vaccinated South Africans to travel to France without quarantine but also without a compelling reason to justify it.

Several countries, including Great Britain, the United States and Germany, have already relaxed their restrictions on travelers from South Africa in recent weeks. These decisions came after the realization that vaccines provided fairly effective protection against Omicron, a widely distributed alternative in the world.

While France recorded a record 335,000 new Covid cases on Wednesday, South Africa, which may be testing much fewer, recorded just 11,000 new cases.

The South African government announced at the end of December that it had passed the peak of the Omicron wave, with only a “marginal” increase in deaths and no alarming change in terms of hospitalization.

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Officially the country most affected by the epidemic in Africa, it has already identified 3.5 million cases, out of a population of 59 million, and more than 91,000 deaths.

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