France simplifies the law for vaccinated travelers from South Africa

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France simplifies the law for vaccinated travelers from South Africa

Unvaccinated people coming from South Africa still must quarantine in France for 10 days under supervision from local authorities.

The highly contagious variant has since spread around the world, causing record daily cases in the United States and parts of Europe.

France, which has one of Europe’s most-vaccinated populations, reported more than 332,000 new virus cases on Wednesday. The number set a European record for the highest single-day national count of confirmed cases.

French Prime Minister Jean Castex said Thursday that omicron is now estimated to represent 70% to 80% of all infections in France.

Story Highlights

  • The French government published a decree Thursday that removed South Africa from the list of places subject to highly restricted travel rules.

  • France almost completely banned travel to and from South Africa after the first COVID-19 cases involving the omicron variant were detected in South Africa in November.

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