France closes borders for most non-EU travelers
France on Friday banned all travelers coming from outside the European Union, due to a high infection rate and new mutations of the coronavirus. French Prime Minister Jean Castex on said the country would close its borders to non-European Union countries for all except essential travel, while stepping back from a widely anticipated third lockdown.
The new border restrictions will affect the UK, now no longer in the EU, but the French transport minister clarified on Twitter that hauliers transporting goods to or from the UK would not be affected. In addition, arrivals from inside the EU, and several other neighbouring states – Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, the Vatican and Switzerland – will have to present a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test.
The prime minister ordered increased police checks of people who violate France’s 12 hour-a-day curfew, hold secret parties, or open restaurants. France reported 820 new deaths on Friday, taking the total recorded nationally to more than 75,000. It has recorded the sixth highest number of infections in the world.