Fully vaccinated travelers from Saudi Arabia will no longer have to go into quarantine upon their arrival in France; according to new rules unveiled on Friday by the French government.
Welcoming travelers from Saudi Arabia to his country; France’s Ambassador to the Kingdom Ludovic Pouille tweeted on Friday; saying: “Dear friends from #KSA; starting #June9th; if you are vaccinated and you have a valid visa; you can travel to France with a PCR test realized less than 72 hours before departure & with no quarantine upon arrival! Welcome all!
The new measures; which will come into effect on June 9; are part of the French government’s efforts to ease international travel restrictions in a bid to revive the country’s economy which is reeling from the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic.
However; fully inoculated visitors will still be required to produce a negative test result — although a previous requirement for them to quarantine will be removed; and non-essential travel will no longer be banned.
Saudi Arabia along with the UK and the US are classed as orange under a “traffic lights” travel system France is introducing; with countries categorized according to their health situations.
Non-vaccinated visitors will need to provide a vital reason for entry; a negative test; and will also have to quarantine for seven days.
“Green” countries include all EU countries as well as Australia; New Zealand; South Korea; Israel; Lebanon; and Singapore.
No vital reason for entry will be needed; and only non-vaccinated travelers will still have to take a PCR or antigen test of fewer than 72 hours.
Countries classed “red” include South Africa; Brazil; India and Turkey. Whether vaccinated or not; all visitors will need to provide a vital reason for entry; a negative test; and a quarantine period of seven to 10 days will be imposed upon arrival.