France advises against travel to Spain, Portugal over virus variant

French junior minister for European affairs Clément Beaune on Thursday advised against travel this summer to Spain and Portugal because of a surge in the two countries of the notably contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus, adding it was 'better to remain in France or go to other countries'.  

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France warned its nationals on Thursday against holiday travel to Spain or Portugal because of a spike in Covid-19 cases caused by the highly contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus, reports FRANCE 24.

France currently allows people to travel to all other EU members as long as they are fully vaccinated or present a negative PCR or antigen test on their return.

But Europe minister Clément Beaune pointedly advised the French against crossing the Pyrenees mountains to Spain or Portugal.

“For those who have not yet booked their holidays, avoid Spain and Portugal as a destination,” he told France 2 television. “It’s better to remain in France or go to other countries.”

Beaune added that France, which fears being hit by a fourth wave of coronavirus infections this summer, was weighing restrictions on travel in Europe over the spread of the highly infectious Delta mutation.

“We have to be careful... the pandemic is not over,” he said. “We will decide in the coming days, but we could put in place reinforced measures.”

Germany already has a ban on incoming travellers from Portugal, where the Delta variant has become dominant. Only its own citizens or residents are allowed in from Portugal, and they must quarantine for two weeks upon arrival.

Beaune said France was “closely following the situation in countries where the flare-up (in infections) is very fast,” singling out the Spanish region of Catalonia, where Barcelona is situated and “where many French people go to party and for holidays.”

Read more of this AFP report published by FRANCE 24.

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