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French Government to Abolish COVID Passport Requirement on March 14

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After assessing that the virus-related situation in the country is relatively better and a COVID-19 measure can be lifted, French authorities have decided to end another measure related to COVID-19.

In a press release issued on Thursday, French Prime Minister Jean Castex announced that starting March 14, Monday, people must carry a COVID-19 vaccination passport to enter indoor areas such as cafeterias, restaurants, cinemas, stadiums, fairs, and similar places.

For several weeks, the health situation has improved significantly following the 5th wave of COVID-19. The pressure placed on hospitals by the epidemic has been significantly reduced, allowing a gradual resumption of scheduled activities,” the Minister said.

In order to protect those most vulnerable to the virus, the mandatory carrying of the pass will remain in place at places like hospital entrances, establishments for the disabled, and home care for the elderly.

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According to SchengenVisaInfo.com, French Health Minister Olivier Véran said the need for a pass to visit these locations would also be removed soon.

When intensive care units are filled, or at the very least, when there are no more cancellations and no new variants are in circulation, then the utility of the vaccine pass will be questioned,” the Minister said.

The Minister responded that if the COVID-19 situation continues to improve with the current steps, the conditions for removing the pass might be met before July.

Several weeks remain in the vaccine process, and judging from current trends, it is likely that a conclusion will be reached before the end of July,” he revealed.

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On March 14, the requirement to wear a face mask in public indoor spaces will also be repealed. Only public transportation will be subject to the requirement.

SchengenVisaInfo.com reported earlier today that France has added almost 30 countries to its green list, which allows tourists from those countries to enter French territory completely restriction-free, including those not vaccinated against COVID-19.

The move is significant for France, which has maintained some of the strictest travel laws since COVID began; however, all COVID-related travel restrictions have already been lifted in other EU and Schengen countries.

In Iceland, all border restrictions were removed on February 25, while Italian and Danish border restrictions were eased on March 2. German officials also removed all countries from the list of high-risk areas on March 3, automatically easing restrictions for all travellers from the former high-risk countries.

Salman Ahmad is a seasoned writer for CTN News, bringing a wealth of experience and expertise to the platform. With a knack for concise yet impactful storytelling, he crafts articles that captivate readers and provide valuable insights. Ahmad's writing style strikes a balance between casual and professional, making complex topics accessible without compromising depth.

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