France is preparing to ease restrictions resulting from the epidemic, and it also hopes to revitalize tourism, which is important to the country’s economy. Incoming guests will be able to take a PCR test for covid-19 for free.
French Minister of State for European Affairs, Clement Bonn, announced in an interview with Europe 1 TV that this year the country will offer free PCR rates to foreign tourists, according to the Turkish news agency Anatolia. Most European countries require that a negative PCR test be presented for covid-19 upon entry. In Spain, Great Britain, Germany, Sweden and other countries, survey rates range from 50 to 300 euros.
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Beaune adds that France was the only country in Europe to offer free PCR tests to its customers, and it has now expanded the program. The deputy minister also stressed the need to revitalize the tourism movement. – We must and want to remain the leading tourist destination in the world, while maintaining safe sanitary conditions – Bonn said in another BFMTV interview.
At the European Union level, a digital certificate is being worked on to facilitate free travel throughout society. The commissioners also call on governments to offer PCR tests free of charge, or at least cheaper. It is not known yet whether countries will comply with the European Commission’s appeals and which countries will be able to do so. Beaune believes that the so-called vaccination passport (apart from information about an acceptable coronavirus vaccine, there may be a negative COVID-19 test result and convalescence) is a good tool for re-tourism.
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Starting from May 19, France will gradually lift the restrictions in effect. Restaurant parks, theaters, museums, cinemas and other similar institutions, which have been closed since October, will open. The curfew will start at 9 PM instead of 7 PM as it is now.
The easing of restrictions is possible thanks to the improvement in the epidemiological situation. On Saturday, May 15, authorities announced that 20 million people, or a third of the population, had been vaccinated with at least one dose. The number of deaths and new cases is decreasing.