Government Help For Transport
The French government has announced a series of measures to assist the transport industry in France overcome the rising prices of fuel and other costs in the country.
The French Government has announced that it will provide state aid for transport companies of €400 millions based upon the number of trucks that a company operates. The amount of money will be allocated depending upon weight and will range from €300 to €1300 per vehicle. 520,000 vehicles in France will qualify for the grant.
In addition, the government has introduced a rebate of €0.18 ($0.20) per liter of gasoline (petrol) or diesel from April 1 to help drivers with fuel costs. The subsidy will help car drivers, farmers and truck drivers and will apply for four months.
To help you prepare customers arriving in France we would like to provide an update of the latest regulations.
There have been no changes to requirements for entering the country:
- Fully vaccinated arrivals (two shots plus the booster) can enter France regardless of your country of origin. Customers should always carry proof of vaccination.
- Unvaccinated customers from “green countries” are required to present a negative test to enter France but there is no requirement for further testing or quarantine after they arrive.
- Unvaccinated customers from “orange countries” must provide a compelling reason justifying the need for them to come to France and may still be subject to a random test on arrival. Those people who test positive upon arrival will have to self-isolate.
Like most countries, France has seen an increase in the number of cases of the recent variants, but this continues to be below the previous peak. We would encourage customers to take sensible precautions in public places.
Per this link, masks are no longer required to be worn in indoor settings and proof of vaccination is not needed to enter bars and restaurants. Masks are still required to be worn on public transportation.
Welcome to the FIDI Conference
A warm welcome to fellow FIDI members attending the Conference in Cannes that starts at the weekend.
Note that the COVID update (above) also applies to business and leisure travelers to France and that some countries (including the United States) still require a supervised COVID test certificate to return home.
Please reach out to us to arrange a meeting during the conference and most of all, a warm welcome to France!