Cannes Film Festival Will Require 48-Hour COVID Testing

The Cannes Film Festival will require attendees to be tested for COVID-19 every 48 hours if they haven’t been fully vaccinated, according to new protocols released by organizers.

Delegates will be required to show one of three options. The first is a certificate “demonstrating full vaccination of a vaccine recognized by the European Medicines Agency.” This will need to prove that 14 days have passed since a second shot for those vaccinated with double-dose vaccines, or that four weeks have gone by since a single-dose vaccine.

Alternatively, festivalgoers can show a negative PCR or antigen test result that’s no more than 48 hours old. This means that tests need to be renewed every two days throughout the duration of everyone’s time at the festival.

The third option is proof of immunity via a positive antibody test or RT-PCR test that is dated no less than 15 days, and completed within six months.

“In accordance with the French goverment’s provisions, in order to safeguard all participants’ health and safety, admission to the festival will be subject to daily health pass checks,” said organizers on Wednesday.

Those arriving at the festival can get tested at a lab set up “within striking distance” of the Palais des Festivals. The lab will be open daily, with free tests provided to both French and foreign participants. Appointments can be booked online. 

Cannes is set to unveil its Official Selection on Thursday (June 3).

More to come.



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