Published: 2021-01-22 10:34
Last Updated: 2021-03-02 07:51
French President Emmanuel Macron told his European Union (EU) counterparts Thursday that France will make negative PCR tests from European travelers who wish to enter French territory.
The decision will come into effect Sunday, with the test results requiring to be conducted under 72 hours prior to travel, according to the French presidency.
The presidency said that this commitment will apply to everyone apart from essential cross-border workers and land transportation, who will be exempt from this obligation.
On Jan. 14, Paris imposed the same obligations on travelers from countries outside the European Union.
French presidential authorities claimed that Macron chose this approach following "many of his European counterparts".
In France, the number of COVID-19 deaths is close to 72,000, and the number of infections recorded on Thursday exceeded 20,000 in a population of 65,354,413.
Macron's decision came at the end of a video conference between the 27 member states of the European Union, during which the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, sounded her concern about the "extremely dangerous health situation" caused by the pandemic in all of Europe.