France announced on July 18 that 4 more countries, including Mozambique, have been included in its ‘red list’ of Covid-19 risk zones, making all travel to and from the countries in the list to be subjected to justification and will have to be deemed as ‘essential’ reason for travelling, with mandatory testing and 14 days quarantine for unvaccinated travellers. The other 3 newly-added countries were Cuba, Indonesia and Tunisia.
This means that as of July 21, 7 African nations are red-listed by the world’s most visited country:
- Democratic Republic of Congo
- South Africa
However, the French government has relaxed travel rules for travellers from a red-listed country who are fully vaccinated with a vaccine recognised by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). The currently accepted vaccines are Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson.
Travellers vaccinated by one of the authorised vaccines will only need to provide proof of their vaccination status and a sworn declaration attesting to not having Covid-related symptoms and not having been recently in contact with someone with Covid-19.
The full list of France’s red-listed countries, as of July 21:
Afghanistan, Argentina, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, India, Indonesia, Maldives, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Russia, Seychelles, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Surinam, Uruguay, Tunisia and Zambia.