France’s Interior Ministry announced that on May 6, the country’s police had carried out 2,479 quarantine checks and fined 141 people for violating quarantine restrictions.
According to official reports, around 4,000 people who arrived from Red List countries to France have undergone quarantine checks so far.
French authorities have imposed a mandatory ten-day quarantine restriction for all arrivals from countries on the red list, which represent countries at high risk of COVID-19, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
The strict quarantine requirement was initially introduced in April for Brazil, South Africa, Chile and Argentina, while India was recently added to the list. The police are closely monitoring the quarantine.
In addition, the announcement of the Official Journal stressed that the requirements also apply to all arrivals from the French overseas department of Guyana, which borders Brazil.
With the exception of the countries mentioned above, the French authorities added seven other countries to the list, including Turkey, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, United Arab Emirates and Qatar. The measure for these countries came into effect on May 9.
“For the most part, only French and European nationals having their main residence in France will be able to enter the country”, French Minister Gerald Darmanin said.
Travel from countries subject to a mandatory ten-day quarantine is only permitted for essential purposes. In addition, arrivals from Red List countries must also follow a rigorous testing regime before traveling to France.
The restrictions apply to all travelers over the age of 11 and, with the exception of quarantine requirements, the following rules are included:
● All people traveling from a Red List country must undergo a PCR test 36 hours before travel or a PCR test 72 hours before travel, which must be followed by another rapid antigen test 24 hours before arrival.
● All travelers must provide a quarantine address when boarding; the ten-day quarantine can be carried out at an address chosen by the travelers themselves, either at the hotel or at home.
● Travelers must undergo another coronavirus test as soon as they enter France and confess to border guards that they will remain isolated.
Police authorities will also carry out checks at the indicated address during the ten-day quarantine to ensure that the rules are being followed.
In addition, people subject to mandatory quarantine will be contacted by health authorities to be reminded of the rules and are allowed to perform necessary errands for two hours during the day, between 10 a.m. and noon.
Those who leave the accommodation outside the times indicated will have to pay a fine ranging from € 1,000 to € 1,500.
Recently France decided to start classify countries according to their epidemiological situation through the so-called traffic light system, divided into three groups: red, orange and yellow.