Paris, France: France joined Russia to its list of countries where non-essential travel is prohibited on Wednesday, citing an increase in cases in Moscow linked to the Delta variant.
According to government spokesman Gabriel Attal, Namibia and Seychelles will also be placed on the “red” list.
The extremely contagious Delta form, first detected in India in recent weeks, has wreaked havoc on Russia, particularly Moscow, a problem exacerbated by low vaccine uptake despite the country’s production of its own vaccines.
France has split the world into green, orange, and red countries for travel in order to prevent the spread of potentially hazardous variations in the face of an increasingly successful vaccination programme.
Vaccinated travellers from green countries, which include the whole EU as well as a few additional countries like as Australia and the United States, no longer face any limitations.
Most other nations are color-coded orange, indicating that travel is permitted if a tourist has been vaccinated and has a negative Covid test upon arrival.
Travel from countries on the red list, which include Brazil, India, and South Africa, is only permitted under extreme circumstances, and even then, vaccinated travellers must self-isolate for seven days.
The surge in Delta variant instances in the United Kingdom has sparked worry.
The recent increase in infections there has been significantly less dramatic than in Russia, despite the UK’s quick vaccination rollout, which has seen 82 percent of individuals receive at least one shot.
Despite being substantially below their high, hospitalizations and the number of patients on mechanical ventilators have increased in recent weeks.
According to NHS data, there were 227 patients who needed support breathing on June 21, up from 120 a month earlier.
Asked if France was considering adding the UK to its red list, Attal said: “We adapt our rules according to the development of the threat.
If measures need to be taken for other countries, then we will take them. But at this stage, I have no information to communicate.”