French authorities have decided to make coronavirus testing compulsory for travellers arriving from 16 countries where COVID-19 cases are rising.

Citizens of the following countries will be required to test before entering France: the USA, United Arab Emirates, Bahrein, Panama, South Africa, Kuwait, Qatar, Israel, Brazil, Peru, Serbia, Algeria, Turkey, Madagascar, India and Oman.

Jean Castex, Prime Minister of France, says coronavirus tests will be rolled out across the country by 1 August and will also be carried out at the country’s ports.

Schengen Visa Info reports travellers can get tested in their home countries, and a certificate must be presented before boarding transport.

Travellers will reportedly be given a compulsory test on arrival at the French airport if they cannot get a test in their country.

Persons arriving from Europe, the United Kingdom, the Schengen Area or the 12 countries currently on the EU safe list are not required to test before entering France.

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