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A negative test of less than 24 hours is required for all passengers, vaccinated or not as of Dec. 28

MARIGOT: This new measure will be imposed regardless of the vaccination status on departure from Metropolitan France as well as from abroad from Tuesday, announced last Friday by the Ministry of Overseas France.

A negative PCR or antigenic test less than 24 hours old will be mandatory from Tuesday for all passengers, vaccinated or not, traveling to the French overseas territories announced Friday by the Ministry of Overseas France. The test is mandatory for passengers leaving from Metropolitan France as well as from abroad.

By a decree dated December 24, 2021, all passengers traveling to the Overseas will be required to present a negative test, PCR or antigenic, less than twenty-four hours,” he said in a statement.

This mandate will come into effect from Tuesday, December 28, and will apply “for travel from France, as from all foreign countries. Mandatory tests for all travelers, before boarding flights from France to these territories, had already been reinstated on Monday, November 29, in response to the arrival of the fifth wave of the epidemic linked to the Delta variant.

However, the rule varied according to the vaccination status: PCR test of fewer than 48 hours or antigenic test of fewer than 72 hours for vaccinated persons, less than 24 hours for non-vaccinated persons.

For international flights to overseas territories, only restrictions “decided locally by the State representative or the competent authority” applied until now.

The obligation of a negative test for all travel to overseas “is necessary to protect the overseas territories of the new epidemic wave under the effect of the variant Omicron”, argues the ministry.

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