Travel restrictions have been eased by France for travellers from India, including students and researchers, reports citing a French embassy official said on August 2.
Since July 23, India has been put on 'amber' list, which includes countries whose residents are permitted to enter France if they have been fully vaccinated, Times of India reported Michele Ferrari, press counsellor at the French Embassy in Delhi, as saying.
Vaccinated residents of the amber list countries, however, would be allowed to visit France only if they have been inoculated with the vaccines approved by the European Commission or the French National Agency for the Safety of Medicines and Health Products.
The list of eligible vaccines include Covishield - the Indian version of AstraZeneca vaccine - which has been used to immunise the majority of the beneficiaries in the country.
Other authorised vaccines include those manufactured by US-based pharmaceutical giants Pfizer and Moderna. Both the vaccines are yet to be imported in India. The country's drug regulator on June 29 granted emergency use nod for the Moderna jabs.
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Apart from permitting fully vaccinated travellers, France would allow unvaccinated visitors from India only if they have a "compelling reason" to visit the country.
Notably, the French government has classified students, researchers and Talent passport holders under the category of 'compelling reason', the Times of India report said.
For vaccinated travellers, an attestation is required confirming that they are not suffering from any of the COVID-19 symptoms and were not in contact with any infected patient over the past few days.
For unvaccinated travellers, a negative RT-PCR test report is mandatory before boarding the flight. The test must be conducted 72 hours before the date of departure. In case of a rapid antigen test, the negative report should not have been issued more than 48 hours before the date of departure.
For both vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers, an RT-PCR or antigen test would be conducted upon arrival in France. The visitors would be required to self-isolate for next seven days, and undergo another test upon completion of the isolation period.
Irrespective of the vaccination status, the traveller would be put under institutional quarantine if detected with COVID-19 symptoms upon arrival in France.