France introduces COVID-19 traffic light system for travelers

PARIS, June 4 (Xinhua) — The French government on Friday unveiled a color-coded map, which classifies countries on the basis of their COVID-19 status to help reopen the country’s borders to foreign tourists without risking an eventual resurgence of coronavirus infections.

From June 9, international visitors will be able to enter France following rules based on the health situation in their country of departure and based on their own vaccination status, said Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, minister of state for tourism.

“We must reconcile the principle of mobility with that of health security,” Lemoyne told RMC radio. “Nothing would be worse than falling back into another COVID-19 wave in a few weeks or a few months because we had not taken enough precaution.”

France will reopen its borders to fully vaccinated people from “green” countries “where there is no active virus circulation or worrying variant,” he said.

That is the case for the European Union (EU) member states, as well as Israel,…

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