France bans Sri Lankan tourists
Sri Lankan tourists and other leisure visitors from the island are banned from visiting France because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the French Embassy in Sri Lanka said on Wednesday (9).
Only Sri Lankans transiting through France for under 24 hours, Sri Lankan diplomats, students, Sri Lankan patients seeking urgent medical attention in France, high-profile sports persons and such-like would be allowed to enter France.
This is because Sri Lanka is among 16 countries that have been red listed by France due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Embassy added. This red list coincides with France reopening its borders also on Wednesday.
Red listing means that the strictest conditions will apply for visitors from such red listed countries to be permitted to visit France, the Embassy on its website said.
Some permissible persons include French nationals among others not classified as tourists, it said For those who need to travel to France on “pressing grounds,” they have to first do a PCR or antigen test 48 hours prior to boarding a flight to France; mandatory antigen test upon arrival; if not vaccinated, mandatory 10-day quarantine upon arrival under the supervision of the French security forces and if vaccinated, seven days voluntary self-isolation.
Tourists and similar leisure visitors from Sri Lanka do not count as being visitors who should be given permission to visit France on special grounds. And, the only vaccinations accepted by France are Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson. Chinese and Russian vaccines such as Sinopharm and Sputnik are not accepted by France.
France’s 16 red list countries are Argentina, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Nepal, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Surinam, Turkey and Uruguay. (PA)