French expats in US say Covid-19 testing policy violates their right to return

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French citizens living in the United States are furious about Covid-19 testing requirements that France has imposed on travelers, complicating their return home.

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France issued an order in late July requiring travelers coming from four countries, the United States, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Panama, to show a negative Covid-19 test result at the airport before boarding their plane. The test must be taken less than 72 hours before the flight.

Five French citizens, including a New York-based lawyer, Pierre Ciric, filed a lawsuit against the French government in mid-August, saying the policy violated their constitutional "right to return", as it is difficult to receive test results in such a short time in the US.

A French court agreed that restricting a citizen's ability to return to his or her home country was a constitutional violation, but the policy was not reversed.

Instead, the court gave permission for travelers to seek a medical exemption from the French consulate instead of providing a negative Covid-19 test result, though such exemptions are not easy to obtain.

Olivier Guibert, a French retiree living in Arizona, sRead More – Source

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