Today, March 14, France lifted the obligation to be vaccinated to access most places and events in the country, after evaluating that the coronavirus situation allows such a measure to be taken.
The decision was announced ten days ago in a statement issued by the French government, which also revealed that the requirement to wear a mask in most places in France would also be lifted from March 14.
“After a fifth wave of COVID-19 of unprecedented magnitude, the health situation has improved significantly for several weeks. In particular, the pressure on hospitals due to the epidemic is greatly reduced, allowing the lifting of white plans and a gradual resumption of scheduled activities.“, noted the government in its announcement.
The same stresses that the relaxation of these measures is in line with the government’s strategy of maintaining effective only the measures necessary to contain the spread of COVID-19 and abolishing those without noticeable effect.
Thus, from today March 14, places and events such as restaurants, bars, nightclubs, cinemas, theaters, performance halls, stadiums, fairs and exhibitions, interregional transport, etc. ., are accessible without proof of vaccination.
This decision will, among other things, allow professional tennis player Novak Djokovic to defend the title of Ronald Garros at the French Open, which will be held from May 22 to June 5. Djokovic, who is unvaccinated, has previously shared his stance to risk not taking part in the tournament and remaining unvaccinated, saying it is a “price i’m willing to pay”.
The requirement will, however, remain in effect in places like hospitals, nursing homes and facilities for the disabled in order to continue to protect the most vulnerable against the virus.
“When we have emptied the intensive care units, or at least (…) when there will be no more cancellation of procedures and if no new variant is circulating, then the usefulness of the vaccine pass will be questionable.“, had declared at the beginning of the month the French Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, about the abolition of the obligation of the health pass to access these places, in an interview for BFM TV.
The obligation to wear a mask, already abolished for outdoor spaces since February 28, is also lifted today. The obligation will remain effective only for public transport until further notice.
On March 3, SchengenVisaInfo.com also reported that French authorities had expanded the green list of countries to allow more travelers to enter France without restriction. The countries added to the list are Angola, Argentina, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Benin, Bolivia, Botswana, Canada, Comoros, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Eswatini, l India, Iraq, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Lesotho, Namibia, Oman. , Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Saint Kitts and Nevis, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Green list travelers can enter France without being subject to any restrictions even if they have not been vaccinated against COVID-19.
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