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France lists exemptions for UK visitors; Questions linger for Cannes – Deadline

The French Home Office has identified its so-called “compelling reasons” that would allow travelers from the UK to enter France. To date, there is no specific exemption for entertainment professionals, which raises further questions as to how this might affect people wishing to attend the Cannes Film Festival which runs from 6 to 17 July. We hear that the news has confused the British. Several PR companies with films at the festival are facing uncertainty and are holding meetings to work out a plan.

It is not yet clear how long the restrictions will last, which have been clarified today. Although the official ministry document includes exemptions for some Britons and citizens of other countries (see breakdown below), a seven-day isolation period is still required.

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These measures were taken in response to concerns over the ‘Indian variant’ (B.1.617.2), which has seen an increase in cases in the UK in recent weeks and has been shown to be more transmissible than other forms. of Covid.

As we reported last week, Cannes has ongoing conversations with French authorities on the matter and one of the options on the table is a potential waiver for executives and talent coming from the UK to the festival, but that would be the responsibility of the French government. decide. We have already been told that the hope is to be able to provide those planning to attend the festival in the UK with a clearer picture of the situation this month.

Cannes is holding its press conference to unveil the official selection of 2021 films on Thursday this week.

For travelers from the United States, the situation also remains unclear. French President Emmanuel Macron said “foreign tourists” with a health passport (linked to being fully vaccinated or having a negative PCR test) should be able to enter France from June 9 if levels of Covid remain under control. According to the US Embassy’s website, “it is not yet clear whether travelers from the United States will be included among foreign tourists permitted to enter. The U.S. Embassy also does not have any information at this time on what the “health pass” will be or how to get one. “

Here are the current French government requirements and ‘compelling reasons’ for traveling from the UK:

Entry conditions:

– A sworn statement certifying the absence of symptoms of Covid-19 and the absence of any contact with a confirmed case of Covid-19

– A certificate on the honor of doing an antigen test or possibly undergoing screening on arrival

– A declaration on the honor to isolate oneself for seven days, if necessary, in one of the establishments designated by the French authorities, and a declaration on the honor to undergo a virological biological screening test (PCR) at the end of the isolation period

– For people aged 11 or over, a virological screening test (PCR) or an antigen test carried out less than 48 hours before boarding, showing no infection with COVID-19.

Compelling reasons to travel:

1. French people, their spouses (married, civil union and cohabiting partners) and their children.

2. Citizens of the European Union or assimilated, their spouse (married, civil union or cohabiting partner) and their children, whose main residence is in France or who transit through France during the return trip to their main residence in a Union European country or equivalent or to a country of which they are nationals;

3. Nationals of other countries holding a valid French or European residence permit or long-stay visa, whose main residence is in France or who transit through France on the return journey to their residence principal in a country of the European Union or similar.

4. British citizens and members of their families eligible under the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland’s Withdrawal Agreement from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community.

5. Citizens of other countries holding a long-stay visa issued for the purpose of family reunification or reunification of refugee families, beneficiaries of subsidiary protection and stateless persons.

6. Foreign health or research professionals engaged in the fight against COVID-19, their spouse (married, civil partner, cohabiting partner on presentation of proof of community of life) and their children.

6bis. Foreign health or research professional hired as an associate trainee.

7. Nationals of other countries holding a long-stay visa (LSV) “Talent Passport” (talent passport), their spouse (married, civil union or cohabiting partner on presentation of proof of cohabitation) and their children.

8. Students registered in French as a foreign language (FLE) courses prior to their registration in a higher education establishment, or having passed the oral examinations in French higher education establishments or registered at the start of the 2021-2022 school year. Researchers settling in France on convocation of a research laboratory, for research activities requiring the physical presence, their spouse (married, civilly united, cohabiting on presentation of proof of community of life) and their children.

9. Workers in the land, sea and air transport sector or providers of transport services, including drivers of any vehicle transporting goods intended for use in the territory, as well as those who only transit or travel in as passengers to settle or train at their home base.

10. Foreigners working for a diplomatic or consular mission, or an international organization having its seat or an office in France, as well as their spouse and their children or a foreign national of a third country staying in France for a compelling professional reason in under a mission order issued by their country of origin.

11. Traveler in transit in the international zone for less than 24 hours.

12. British officials in the performance of their duties, border police and customs officers.

13. Channel Tunnel staff (engaged in operations, maintenance, security, among others) or cross-Channel facility staff.

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