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First day of Covid-19 tests at French airports for travelers from “at risk” countries

A total of 556 passengers were tested, Saturday 1er August, at Paris airports on the first day of the entry into force of the health control of travelers from the sixteen countries with high circulation of the coronavirus, according to the interior ministry.

Since Saturday morning, passengers traveling by plane and over the age of 11 from sixteen “at risk” countries must present upon arrival “Proof of the result of a biological virological screening examination carried out less than 72 hours before the flight, not concluding that there was contamination by Covid-19”.

If the passenger does not have this document, he is invited to be tested in an area set up in the airport. Once the test is carried out, he must leave his personal details and can continue his trip, in France or in transit, the interior ministry said in a statement. Passengers are recontacted by the health authorities in the event of a positive result and then enter the “contact tracing” system.

Three refusals in Lyon

On the first day of the system, 2,671 passengers arrived at Roissy and Orly from countries on the list. Of these, 556 had to be tested. The device in Paris airports notably mobilized 80 border police officers, five criminal research technicians from the gendarmerie, 50 staff from the Public Assistance – Paris Hospitals and the Ile-de-France regional health agency and nine firefighters. .

In addition, of the checks carried out at all French airports, only three people refused to be tested at Lyon Saint-Exupéry, according to the interior ministry. The 16 countries listed as having high circulation of the virus are Kuwait, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, United States, Panama, South Africa, Algeria, Brazil, India, Israel, Madagascar, Oman, Peru, Qatar, Serbia and Turkey.

As the borders are closed with these countries, the measure only concerns “French citizens who reside in these countries, or citizens of these countries who have a stable residence in France”, as Prime Minister Jean Castex said.

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