December 2, 2021 10:45 AM, EST

France to Exempt Truck Drivers From COVID Tests to Cross Borders

France to Exempt Truck Drivers From COVID Tests to Cross BordersDriver speaks to fellow driver from the cab of his truck as he waits in Dover, U.K. (Luke MacGregor/Bloomberg)

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France will exempt truck drivers from the latest requirement requiring a COVID-19 test to enter the country in order to avoid long lines of trucks like the ones seen late last year in Kent in the United Kingdom.

The government is tightening rules on travel to France in a bid to contain the spread of the omicron variant of the coronavirus.

Starting Nov. 27, travelers coming from outside the European Union will need to provide a negative test taken within 48 hours, even if they are vaccinated. EU travelers will be asked to provide a test taken less than 24 hours before they arrive, but only if they aren’t vaccinated, the government spokesman said Dec. 1. The testing requirement could be extended to vaccinated travelers from the EU by the end of the week, after EU coordination, he said.

Truck drivers, at least, will be excepted, transport minister Jean-Baptiste Djebbari said in a response to a tweet.

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