COVID-19 Vendée

The Delta variant is a fact as it is in all of Europe, and the Colombian variant is also a player. The use of the 'health passport' in café's, bars, restaurants, shopping centers and theaters went into effect in August. From 30 September this rule also applies to children aged 12 to 17. It is not required for children under 12. The health passport is one of the measures implemented in an effort to thoroughly multiply vaccination. In addition, starting in the fall, PCR tests will no longer be free unless you have a prescription, vaccination is mandatory for all health care workers, and a vaccination campaign for students begins with the new school year in September.

Restrictions have been almost entirely lifted but we must continue to apply social distancing and other measures to fight the pandemic.

Per the French diplomacy website the rules for travel to and from France "depend on the country from which or to which you wish to travel, the reason for which you are travelling and your vaccination status." For info on international travel restrictions for foreigners outside the European Union, including the United Kingdom, we have included links to official sources below in the INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL section of this article. Please get your information only from official government sources. A toll-free hotline service (French only) can answer your questions about the Coronavirus COVID-19 non-stop, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week: 0 800 130 000 (from abroad: +33 800 130 000, depending on your operator).

In the media 08/31/2021: Covid-19: EU removes US from 'safe travel' list, paving way for new restrictions

Countries/territories

on the GREEN LIST: European space (European Union, Andorra, the Holy See, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino and Switzerland), and Albania, Australia, Bahrain, Bosnia, Brunei, Canada, Comoros Islands, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Ukraine, the United States and Vanuatu.

on the ORANGE LIST: every country/territory in the world, except those on the green list and red list.

on the RED LIST: Afghanistan, Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Indonesia, Maldives, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Russia, Seychelles, South Africa, Suriname, Tunisia

NEW measures from 18th July:

  • Non-vaccinated people arriving from Spain, Portugal, Cyprus, the Netherlands and Greece must present upon boarding a negative PCR or antigenic test taken less than 24 hours before departure.
  • Non-vaccinated people arriving from the UK must present upon boarding a negative PCR or antigenic test taken less than 24 hours before departure.
  • Fully vaccinated people are no longer subject to restrictions to travel to or from France, whatever the country of departure. We nonetheless strongly advise against travel from France to countries on the “red” list.
Courtesy of French Government (last updated 08/01/2021) Please check the Source for frequent updates
Vendée department situation [STATISTICS UPDATES ON MONDAYS ONLY]:
Situation in France

The total number of corona virus patients in France is 6 905 071 (12 Sept 2021 - AM). Since 1 March 2020, a total of 115 532  patients have died from the disease in France. Questions about the vaccine? Check this comprehensive article from France24 here  Vaccinations administered as of 9th September 2021 - AM:
* at least 1 dose: 49,258,476
*completely vaccinated 46,205,796

Situation worldwide

Worldwide, there are 223,022,538  (10 September 2021 - AM) with 4,602,882 reported deaths.
Vaccines doses administered: 5,352,927,296 (data as of 6 Sept 2021)

INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL TO FRANCE

Per the French diplomacy website "The rules for travel to and from France depend on the country from which or to which you wish to travel, the reason for which you are travelling and your vaccination status." FOR ALL IMPORTANT INFORMATION, RULES AND REGULATIONS WHETHER YOU ARE VACCINATED OR NOT VACCINATED, COME FROM A RED ZONE OR ORANGE ZONE etc. GO HERE TO THE Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs.

France is open to tourism from June 9th - please check here for the latest updates, announcements, and restrictions.
**Covid-19 travel between UK and FRANCE - all info here
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Covid-19 travel between US and FRANCE - check US Embassy and Consulates in France
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Covid-19 travel between CANADA and FRANCE - embassy advisory info
** Covid-19 travel between AUSTRALIA and FRANCE - Australian embassy in France
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Covid-19 travel between SOUTH-AFRICA and FRANCE -info embassyandlatest news 4/6/2021
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Covid-19 travel between PORTUGAL and FRANCE embassy info
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Covid-19 travel between NETHERLANDS and FRANCE -  travel advisory from the Royal Kingdom of the Netherlands
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Covid-19 travel between BELGIUM and FRANCE - FOD Foreign Affairs. Form to return to Belgium here
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Covid-19 travel between GERMANY and FRANCE - embassy advisory
**Please practice sanitary measures TO PROTECT YOURSELF AND OTHERS
    1. the use of face-masks is mandatory in gas/petrol stations on the main auto routes, in villages/cities, and in shops.      
    2. social distancing, frequent handwashing with soap, and
disinfecting
    3. maximum of six (6) people per table
    4. symptoms? contact a doctor immediately, or go to a test center, and quarantine for 10 days; difficulty breathing call  #15 or text #114 (speech and hearing impaired)
    5. Covid-19 test locations in the Vendée

GOVERNMENT MEASURES IN THE FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19

Protection
Science shows that the wearing of masks is preferable for slowing the spread of the disease. Having masks available for employees will be a requirement of reopening. It will be required to wear masks in public as well, and anywhere social distancing is not possible. The vulnerable will receive masks distributed by the post office or through associations. Pharmacies will sell both disposable and washable masks. Social distancing, rigorous hygiene, and discipline remain necessary. 

Testing
Everybody displaying symptoms will be tested

Isolation is a civic duty
Controls will be put in place for those who test positive but the Prime Minister pleaded to the French public and residents to adhere to government guidelines as follows:

  • to ensure self-isolation (this can happen at home with the entire family) OR in requisitioned hotels to self-isolate away from the family
  • to work with the entities like doctors, nurses, or a special task force that will follow up to ensure testing of all people the person who tested positive was in contact with
  • The app to track the disease raises legitimate questions of privacy and security but it is available form June 2nd. It is NOT mandatory to participate
What is the Coronavirus?

In humans, coronaviruses cause mild forms of respiratory tract infections, but strains like SARSMERS, and COVID-19 can be deadly. Symptoms include fever and breathing issues. For now, there are no announcements of vaccines or medication that can either prevent or treat the virus. It is said that the illness feels less severe or painful than the common flu. Patients with a compromised immune system, people over 80 years old and people with heart issues are particularly at risk to contract the virus.

Where does the name come from?

According to Wikipedia: "the name is derived from the Latin corona, meaning "crown" or "halo", which refers to the characteristic appearance of the virus particles (virions): they have a fringe reminiscent of a crown or of a solar corona."

What are the symptoms?

Please consult the World Health Organisation's Q & A page  for all of your questions, concerns and the very latest updates. Symptoms include fatigue, fever, loss of sense of taste and smell, and dry cough. People with high blood pressure, diabetes or heart issues are at higher risk. The incubation period is 1-14 days, but five days seems to be the most common.

    What to do in case of symptoms?
    • The government of France has activated a 24/7 toll-free number for your questions about the Coronavirus COVID-19 : 0 800 130 000. (not to be used for medical advice)
    • If you present signs of respiratory infections within 14 days of your return from China (mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao), Singapore, South Korea, Iran or the Lombardy and Veneto regions of Italy, please dial the number 15 on your telephone
    • If you are on holiday and suspect the illness, please contact your local embassy or consulate.

      ALERT!

      Through its website, the World Health Organization or WHO reports that a scam has been started regarding the coronavirus. They report that:

      "Criminals disguise themselves as WHO to steal money or sensitive information." 
      Criminals appear to contact us via email, websites, telephone, mobile phone, and also via fax.

      Read the WHO message. It provides information on how to avoid "phishing" (as it is called in cyber-security jargon).

      Should it happen to you in this case, you can report it here.  Contact WHO and/ or Report a scam.

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      From 11th March WHO have deemed the virus a pandemic. You can find an up-to-date global map here. Please follow virus protocols as described in the above pamphlet provided by the government. Expect further announcements and monitor reputable news sources such as France24 (English) for up-to-date information. This article is updated frequently, so do check back and DO
      stay healthy everybody!

      Sources: Linternaute, WHO, Gouvernement.fr, wikipedia, cdc.gov, Vendee Gouvernement and France24English, ARS Pays de la Loire

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