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On the way to the high incidence area? France's measures against a fourth wave

The number of new corona infections continues to rise in France. Parliament has now approved stricter measures to combat the pandemic – despite national protests.

Paris – Since the end of June, the number of infections related to Covid-19 has also risen sharply in France. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) currently classifies several regions and overseas areas as simple risk areas. However, the country’s seven-day incidence is only just below 200 and so France could easily become a corona high incidence region.

Country: France
Capital city: Paris
Population: 67,422,000 (January 1, 2021)
Official language: French

Due to the increasing number of new corona infections, the French parliament has now approved stricter measures. Among other things, this means that health care workers will have to be vaccinated in the future. However, it has been defused. Anyone who does not have a vaccination by mid-September cannot be terminated. However, there is a risk of the salary being suspended. Parliament’s decision on President Emmanuel Macron’s plans was taken on the night of Monday, July 26 *.

Incidence in France at nearly 200 – tightened measures spark nationwide protests

It is not only the mandatory vaccination for health care workers * that is new. The more stringent rules make it more frequently necessary in everyday life to prove a negative test, vaccination or recovery. According to the Interior Ministry, more than 160,000 people across the country demonstrated against the compulsory vaccination and the expansion of the obligation to provide evidence.

Demonstranten nehmen auf der „Droits de l‘homme“-Esplanade am Trocadero-Platz an einem Protest teil.


Demonstrators take part in a protest on the “Droits de l’homme” esplanade in Trocadero Square against the compulsory vaccination for certain types of work and the mandatory vaccination certificate required by the government.

In view of the criticism, Prime Minister Jean Castex announced that he would have them examined by the Constitutional Council. The Conseil Constitutionnel plans to comment on August 5th on what could upset the planned schedule. The government originally planned that the so-called “pass sanitaire” – i.e. proof of a negative test, vaccination or recovery – would also be required for long-distance trains, bars or restaurants from August. The demonstrations over the weekend led to riots and numerous arrests. The weekend before, more than 100,000 people took to the streets.

If you infect your father or mother or me tomorrow, I will be the victim of your freedom. Because you had the opportunity to protect yourself and me. This is called irresponsibility or selfishness.

President Emmanuel Macron

President Macron again appealed to the population to get vaccinated. During a weekend visit to French Polynesia, he warned: “What is your freedom worth if you tell me: ‘I don’t want to be vaccinated’? If you infect your father or mother or me tomorrow, I will be the victim of your freedom. Because you had the opportunity to protect yourself and me. This is called irresponsibility or egoism. “

What do the incidence values mean for holidays in France?

An up-to-date quick test is currently sufficient for people from Germany and other countries to enter France. In principle, however, the Federal Foreign Office advises against unnecessary tourist trips to risk areas, which also include parts of France. Countries and regions with an incidence value above 50 become simple risk areas. When the 200 limit is exceeded, they become high incidence regions. Since the situation can change quickly, it should be checked regularly before, but also during the vacation, how the situation is developing.

Regions and overseas territories of France that are considered to be low risk areas
Corsica: since July 25, 2021
Occitania: since July 25, 2021
Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur: since July 25, 2021
Reunion: since February 28, 2021
French Guiana: since August 21, 2020
St. Martin: since August 26, 2020
Martinique: since July 25, 2021

A negative test that is not older than 72 hours must be available to enter the country. PCR tests or antigen tests are recognized, not self-tests. For entry from other risk areas such as the Netherlands *, Greece * or Spain *, a negative test that is not older than 24 hours must be available. Full vaccination or recovery are considered equivalent.

Menschen entspannen sich im Champ-de-Mars-Garten neben dem Eiffelturm.


For travelers from Germany and other countries, a current rapid test or proof of vaccination is sufficient in France.

Foreign tourists have to pay for tests in the country – 49 euros for a PCR test * and 29 euros for a rapid antigen test. Those who travel back to Germany from France by land do not have to observe any entry restrictions. A negative test, vaccination certificate or proof of recovery must be presented when traveling by air. For staying in risk areas, you should also find out about the restrictions that apply there beforehand. There is still a curfew in some areas. With material from the dpa . * and are offered by IPPEN.MEDIA.

Rubriklistenbild: © Rafael Yaghobzadeh / picture alliance / dpa / AP

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