The French Embassy in India announced today that India was now a part of the country’s green list. This makes travel between the two countries easier for fully vaccinated individuals. By Eshita Srinivas
Countries across Europe have been easing COVID-19 related restrictions, opening up their borders to vaccinated travellers from across the globe. In line with this, Emmanuel Lenain, the Ambassador of France to India, took to Twitter to announce that India had been added to France’s green list, allowing fully-vaccinated individuals to enter the country without any restrictions. He further added that those who weren’t fully vaccinated would need to take a pre-departure test and provide proof of a negative result.
Travellers from countries on France’s green list will need to provide proof of vaccination
#Covid19 | Glad to announce that India is now on the green 🟢 list for travel to France ! ✈️
→ Fully vaccinated travellers can enter France with no restrictions✔️
→ Travellers not fully vaccinated need only a pre-departure negative test✔️
— Emmanuel Lenain 🇫🇷🇪🇺 (@FranceinIndia) March 3, 2022
A release with a comprehensive list of mandates, shared by The French Embassy, states that as of March 3, 2022, India is a part of the “green” list of countries, which are territories without active circulation of the virus or variants of concern. Several European Union members like Switzerland, Norway, and Iceland are a part of this list. As are Asian nations like Japan, Indonesia, South Korea, and Hong Kong.
The authorities further added that all public health measures would continue to apply to travellers, and each visitor needs to provide proof of vaccination. A person is considered vaccinated if seven days have passed since their second dose of vaccines recognized by the European Union, namely Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca (Covishield). For those not vaccinated by these, seven days post an additional booster dose from an approved vaccine is required for access to the country, a news report by The Mint notes.
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Students heading back to universities from green-list countries also do not have to present any compelling reasons to head back. In addition to this, a vaccine pass that lays out rules that differ from the ones needed to enter the country might be needed for recreational activities in France.
Travellers need to present proof of vaccination or a negative RT-PCR test no longer than 72 hours from the time of departure or an antigen test taken 48 hours before departure. A recovery certificate is also valid. The rules do not apply to children under the age of 12 or residents of cross-border areas who are on work-related trips or those heading to the reason on an emergency basis, the release added.