MIAMI – With a Government decision to come into force on Sunday, May 16, France has added four more countries to its compulsory quarantine list.

The new arrivals on the list are Colombia, Bahrain, Costa Rica, and Uruguay. Due to an increased virus circulation, all travelers arriving from these countries will be subject to a compulsory ten days quarantine, controlled by random police checks in order to avoid non-compliance with the measure.

With the addition of these four countries, France requires a ten-day quarantine for passengers arriving from 16 countries, namely Brazil, Argentina, Chile, South Africa, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and French Guyana.

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A Hefty Fine


In case of non-compliance with the quarantine, once verified by a police check, the offender would face a fine of US$1,200-1,800 (€1,000-1,500).

"The spread of the virus in some countries, and in particular of several variants of interest that raise concerns." French Prime Minister's Office Click To Tweet

The French Prime Minister Office commented on the measure by stating, “While the epidemic situation is improving on the national territory, the spread of the virus in some countries, and in particular of several variants of interest that raise concerns about the risk of increased transmissibility or vaccine escape, requires a strengthening of control measures for arrivals from these countries.”


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